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The 2016 Photo Scavenger Hunt

As pumped as I was for the kickoff of the 2016 MLB Season, one key item somehow completely slipped my mind -- our yearly Photo Scavenger Hunt. In years past I've typed up the list of scavenger hunt items while there was still snow on the ground in January, but for some reason this year's Opening Day snuck up on me before I'd even given it a moment's thought.

I guess I was distracted by our brand new BallhawkFest selection process, which resulted in BallhawkFest 2016 being scheduled for June 4 in Baltimore. Whatever the case, it's long past time to reveal the details of this year's Scavenger Hunt.

This year I'll be continuing the pattern established last year, in which items that didn't get submitted by anyone in last year's contest will appear as Bonus items in this year's contest, at double their original points. But in addition, Bonus items that didn't get submitted by anyone last year will appear *again* as Bonus items -- but instead of double their original points, they will be TRIPLE their original points!

Here's the list. Good luck to all!

Regular Points:

  • You inside a stadium with a live animal somewhere in the shot - 2 Points
  • You posing with a commemorative baseball - 2 Points
  • You giving a baseball to a kid under the age of 10 - 3 Points
  • You high-fiving a player - 4 Points
  • A player holding up a baseball with a Presidential endorsement written on it (i.e. "Trump 2016", "Hillary 2016", etc.) General or Primary election candidates will work - 5 Points
  • You posing in front of a food cashier while the total showing on the cash register is exactly $6.75 - 5 Points
  • You posing with a ballhawk who is wearing a BallhawkFest t-shirt from a past year - 6 Points
  • You posing with a player while both of you are wearing eye black - 6 Points
  • You displaying a large sign protesting the use of additional netting in the dugout areas this year - 7 Points
  • You posing with a Manager or Coach who never played in the Majors - 7 Points
  • A screen capture of a MLB player re-tweeting your tweet - 7 Points
  • You posing with one of the Top 10 Ballhawks of all time listed in Zack Hample's book The Baseball - 7 Points
  • You ballhawking while wearing a wetsuit - 8 Points
  • You posing with a player while the player is holding up a golf scorecard from a recent golf outing - 9 Points
  • You sitting at a sit-down restaurant with a current MLB player, with both of you displaying the menu - 10 Points

Bonus Points:

  • You posing with a pitcher while the pitcher has an ice pack on his arm - 12 Points
  • You holding a sign at a Sunday Night Baseball game with the letters ESPN forming an acrostic - 14 Points
  • You posing with two stadium employees - One less than 18 years old and one over 80 - 14 Points
  • A player posing with his own baseball card - 16 Points
  • A player posing with a magazine in which he is on the cover - 18 Points
  • You smiling while in the background a fan is being escorted out of the ballpark in handcuffs - 20 Points
  • The text "myGameBalls.com" on the big screen, scoreboard, or a scrolling marquee of some sort at the ballpark - 21 Points
  • You fake-punching another fan while in the background a fight/brawl is taking place on the field - 27 Points
  • A player wearing a myGameBalls.com t-shirt - 30 Points
  • You retrieving a baseball from the field with a ball retriever made entirely out of items collected from stadium bathrooms, concession stands, and/or condiment stations - 18 Points
  • Four people doing the "Y-M-C-A" letters where at least one of the people is a player/coach - 21 Points
  • You with two brothers who both play in the majors (i.e. Melvin and Justin Upton) - 27 Points
  • You posing with a player who has hit over 300 career home runs in the stadium where he hit his first Major League home run - 14 Points
  • You posing with a pitcher who has over 100 career wins in the stadium where he recorded his first Major League home win - 14 Points
  • You posing with a player while holding that player's bobblehead -- 12 Points
  • You posing with a player while holding a product that the player endorses -- 12 Points
  • You posing for a photo while in the background the scoreboard is announcing a game time temperature of either over 100 degrees or under 32 degrees -- 14 Points

Alan Schuster is a contributing columnist to myGameBalls.com.

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