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How to snag a baseball




baseball-200×148.jpgHow often have you gone to a baseball game hoping to catch a ball that goes into the stands? It’s not as hard as it seems, says Zack Hample, author of “How to Snag Major League Baseballs.”

Hample has snagged almost 3,000 baseballs at 40 different Major League stadiums across North America. Here are his top five tips for getting one:

Arrive early

Teams warm up one to two hours before the game, so be the first person in the gate. You’ll have fewer people to compete with for foul or home-run balls, and you’ll occasionally find balls already lying in the seats when you arrive.

Sit on the aisle

You’ll need to move around to increase your chances. “Don’t get trapped in the middle of a long row. You need to be able to jump up and move,” Hample says.

Play the percentages

Check out the rosters ahead of time, so you know how many right- and left-handed batters there will be. Most right-handed batters will hit foul balls to the first-base side; left-handed batters, to the third-base side. Pick a seat in the stadium accordingly.

Ask politely

When teams are warming up, they’ll often throw balls to their fans in the stands. “And players love to throw balls to kids,” Hample says.

Buy a hat for each team that’s playing

Players on the road love to spot their fans, and will often reward them by throwing them a ball. Change your hat according to who’s in the field.

WHERE TO SNAG A BASEBALL

Best: Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga. “There’s a gap between the outfield wall and the outfield stands,” Hample says. “You can snag a lot of balls that fall in the gap. Since they’re out of reach, you’ll need a special ball-snagging device tied to a string.

Worst: Yankee Stadium in New York City. “It’s the most crowded stadium in baseball, and security is strict — you can’t get down to the dugouts before the game like you can in most ballparks.”

For more tips, check out Hample’s Web site at www.zackhample.com.

Comments about “How to snag a baseball”

  1. Crafter says:

    What if the ball is hit to the middle of all of the stands

  2. fas55 says:

    I am going to a minor league baseball game on july 4 and this summer i am also going to a mariners game too I am sure the great tips will come in handy!P.S. Got any advice on getting autographs?If only I could get a signed Mickey Mantle card…

  3. Yugy says:

    hey those were good tips.i’ll use them.

  4. rocky 74 says:

    thanks ill use them next time

  5. Baseball Card Boy says:

    I have a Mariano Rivera signed glove from going to a game at Camden Yards.

  6. live2ski26 says:

    the best way is go before the game starts. pitchers are warming right near you if you go down to the sidelines. they also sign pictures and baseballs. it matters what team your visiting and how many people are there, but the chance of getting his a lot greater then during a game.
    :D

  7. J-Dog says:

    I’v gone to three baseball games but not one baseball yet

  8. PlatypusGuy says:

    I’m gonna try it when I am able to go to another game.

  9. qwerty says:

    qwerty like :)

  10. sidd says:

    Thanks for the tipp, I hope it comes in handy when I go to the astros game tomorrow.

  11. M.L.B. Cubs rocks ! says:

    the only time i’ve got a base ball at a mojors game was at a world series game I went to when i was younger and it seeems like the B.ball players are not givving as many b. balls as they use to. Alot of base ball addicts should read your tips. thanks again.

  12. PolarIceFreeze says:

    That Is Awesome Thanks For The Tip To Fellow Cub Scouts

  13. meanster says:

    Awsome I`ve always wanted to get a major or even minor league baseball

  14. blackmage21 says:

    where do they get all those baseballs anyway?

  15. NewJediMaster says:

    I have been to many Major League, AA, and AAA games but I NEVER caught a ball.

  16. hammy says:

    thanx 4 da tips ill try them if i get 2 go 2 game 2nite

  17. nanaal says:

    Thanks for the tips. I have caught 2 balls from the redsox.

  18. ColoradoRoxrock says:

    I read his blog and he said Kauffman stadium is good and I am going to go there this summer. Thanks for the tips. I hope I can get an Ichiro Suzuki ball because they are visiting the royals that day.

  19. jake says:

    next time i go to a kc royals game i will try these

  20. AUSSIE YANKEE FAN says:

    ONE DAY I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A REAL BASEBALL FIELD IN AMERICA JUST SO I HAD THE CHANCE TO USE YOUR VERY USEFUL TIPS.(MAY COME IN HANDY ONE DAY) YOU JUST NEVER KNOW.

  21. ez come ez go says:

    i really want to catch baseballs thanks to the tips!

  22. redsoxalltheway says:

    another good tip is to go to sunday day games cause nobodys there and ur more likly to get a ball thrown to u

  23. 1# METS fan says:

    I have 11 baseballs.YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. BIGD1096 says:

    THIS IS GOOD. IVE NEVER BEEN 2 A GAME AND NEVER WILL. MY FAVORITE TEAM IS THE CLEVELAND INDIANS.

  25. G-man says:

    I live in Sacremento and I some times Go to the River Cats games. I hope I can finaly catch a foul ball or home run.

  26. littlemike says:

    these are good tips and they’ll probably work

  27. j dog says:

    I go to paw sox games alot but have never goten a game ball

  28. bobert says:

    once i read this i thoght cool and i’ve caught at least 100 baseballs at the ranger stadium

  29. Woolfman says:

    I think this is a great way to show people how to catch baseballs. I have another tip too: Sit by the bullpen, so you can ask for a ball when the pitchers are done warming up.

  30. Don ny says:

    It is cool

  31. true 1 says:

    good tips

  32. awesomeboss says:

    the only ball i’ve caught is at my local team

  33. peep#1 says:

    cool thanks for the great tip

  34. MagicMocha says:

    We got several balls from our tripple A team. Cub scouts got to sleep on the field in tents and there were lots of balls stuck at the bottom of the fence.

  35. cool man says:

    Here I come. Look out baseball

  36. gregaus2 says:

    good tips

  37. Astrosfan123 says:

    thank you for the tips!

  38. Spider Man says:

    Now I’ll be prepared when I ho to a ball game.

  39. Unnamed says:

    Sweet!

  40. marinerfreak101 says:

    ive read this before now ive caught 100s of balls

  41. # 1Yankee fan says:

    Your Right I’ve been going to games since I was little and nothing. When I saw Yankee Stadium was the worst I was so mad. But hey security’s strict ’cause they’re so good.

  42. slime says:

    I want to try

  43. philles says:

    I think Citizen Is the place

  44. Penutbutter TT says:

    Thanks for the comments. I’ll try to use them next time I go to a game.

  45. frosted flakes says:

    I’ll try that next time I go to the Metrodome!

  46. MAGIC BOY 795 says:

    The state I live in doesn’t have any MLB teams , so it’s kind of hard to get a fly ball!

  47. Me says:

    Yeah i agree, I live in atlanta and so far I’ve caught about 30 balls

  48. board man says:

    Thanks for the tips

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