Sep 30, 2009
Zack Hample's Blog
Reggie Jackson was Mr. October, but in the Ballhawking World, Zack Hample is earning his own nickname -- Mr. September. Over the past two seasons, he has snagged 5 game home run balls in the month of September alone.
Less than two weeks after snagging a home run ball in Baltimore, Zack Hample did it again on Monday night. The ball, snagged at Yankee stadium, was unlike the other 9 home run balls in his career -- this one was a Grand Slam ball.
As the Yankees loaded the bases late in the game and Robinson Cano came to bat, Hample began thinking about the possibility of a grand slam. Looking at his surroundings, he devised a strategy. "I had my whole route planned in case Cano happened to launch one to my right," he wrote on his blog. "I was going to start running and then climb back over a row (while the ball was in mid-air) and then keep running toward the far end of the section, or as far as I needed to go."
Right on cue, Cano ripped a towering fly headed right for the spot that Hample had anticipated. "I knew that it was going to be a home run, and I knew that I had a chance to get near it...wherever it happened to land," he wrote. "I didn't bother looking up at the ball at first. I just kept my head down and focused on not bumping into anyone or anything."
Hample got into position, but the ball sailed over his head. Luckily, the fan positioned behind him failed to make the catch, dropping ball onto the staircase. "I found myself standing all alone on the staircase as the other fan dropped the ball," he wrote. "...and then the ball started bouncing right back down the steps toward me. I couldn't believe what happened next. I found myself standing all alone on the staircase as the other fan dropped the ball...and then the ball started bouncing right back down the steps toward me."
Hample scooped up the ball and began a wild celebration in the middle of hundreds of screaming Yankees fans, high-fiving everyone around him. His blog contains several action-packed photos of the events as they unfolded.