May 16, 2011
Zack Hample's Blog
Anyone who watched the Orioles-Mariners game on TV last Thursday night was wondering why a roar was coming from the crowd after a seemingly insignificant foul ball hit off the bat of Chone Figgins. The cameras panned over to the seats on the first base side and the announcers informed the audience that a fan had just caught back-to-back foul balls on the fly. Anyone familiar with ballhawking immediately recognized that fan as none other that Zack Hample.
And for those unfamiliar with ballhawking, Zack Hample quickly became a household name. Especially after the fifth inning, when Matt Wieters fouled one back and Hample snagged it, giving him three foul balls in a single game.
He was interviewed by MLB.com and several radio stations, and countless fans came over to meet him and snap a photo with him. "It was insane, and I loved every second of it," Hample later wrote on his blog.