September 27, 2011
Going into the season, I knew it would be difficult to keep up with all the ballhawking news and be able to document the many milestones and achievements with colorful front page articles. For one thing, the number of members has grown to the point where significant stories can easily be overlooked. And secondly, I started a new job in March (yes...believe it or not running myGameBalls.com is not my "Job") and the new job put a lot more demand on my time, making it difficult to find the time to churn out interesting material for the site.
So when the season began I decided that the only lifetime totals that would be considered "News" would be 100, 500, 1,000, and anything else ending in "thousand." In past years I had given people front page coverage for snagging their 200th, 300th, or 400th career baseball, but I knew that I just wasn't going to be able to get it done this year.
It proved to be a wise decision, because between home runs, foul balls, record-breaking performances, the photo scavenger hunt, and major ballhawking milestones, I could barely keep up. From Spring Training until today, the ballhawking community has produced newsworthy stories at an astonishing pace, for some periods on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, throughout the season people were hitting those un-newsworthy milestones, and I felt bad that I couldn't give them some attention. I kept getting emails from people to the effect of "Dude I just snagged my 200th Ball! Here's some info if you'd like to do a story..." And of course I'd have to respond and explain that 200 wasn't a newsworthy milestone in 2011.
With so many accomplishments having gone overlooked, I felt it was time to at least publicly acknowledge those individuals who have reached "non-milestone milestones" during the 2011 season:
Members who Reached 400 this year:
Members who Reached 300 this year:
Members who Reached 200 this year:
Congrats to everyone mentioned here. Regardless of how much attention it gets, any multiple of 100 baseballs is a major accomplishment.
Now for my official World Series Prediction. I'll go with a safe bet and pick the Phillies over the Yankees in seven.
Alan Schuster is a contributing columnist to myGameBalls.com.