A Word From the Webmaster
May 13, 2010
Being the all-knowing, all powerful webmaster of myGameBalls.com allows me to look up facts and figures that general users don't have access to. Here's a few interesting tidbits of information that I've uncovered over the past few days after digging deep into the database:
- The member who has snagged a game home run at the most highly-attended game was 14-year-old Connor Greenbaum, who snagged a Jason Giambi homer on April 13, 2006 at Old Yankee Stadium, competing with a crowd of 58,190
- Out of all the game home runs that have been recorded on myGameBalls.com, only one has been snagged in the upper deck. This was accomplished by Mike Calabro, who snagged a Dan Uggla homer in the upper deck of Sun Life Stadium on April 10, 2009.
- If we were to use the Competition Factor as the sole criteria for judging snagging performance, the single best game recorded on myGameBalls.com was Zack Hample's 21-ball performance on September 19, 2007 at Chase Field before a crowd of 42,855. This comes out to a Competition Factor of 899,955 (Webmaster's challenge for 2010 - record a game with a Competition Factor of 1 Million).
- Although a lot of people are tied at zero for the worst recorded Competition Factor, the way to determine the single worst from this list would have to be to take the game with the lowest attendance (and excluding Spring Training games and games without BP). The honor goes to Rick Gold, who put up a goose egg on May 14, 1997 before just 6,319 fans at Oakland Coliseum (Rick, if you are reading this, first of all I'm sorry to call you out like this - you are a GREAT ballhawk whose stats speak for themselves, but second of all, what happened that day? You must have been seriously off your game!).
- The single greatest snagging day on myGameBalls.com came on August 17, 2009, when 15 members combined for 71 balls (Webmaster's challenge for 2010 - snag 100 in a day).
- When running a search for players who have NEVER thrown a toss-up, two names stick out: Tim Wakefield and Derek Lowe. I was shocked that two guys that have both been around for such a long time have never issued a toss-up to a myGameBalls member (Webmaster's challenge for 2010 - get a toss-up from one of these guys).
That's all I've got for now. I'll keep digging though, so be prepared for some more random facts in my future columns.
UPDATE: The capacity at Old Yankee Stadium in 2006 was 57,145, so the 58,190 figure for Greenbaum's home run snag is a mistake. The official box score from that game states that the attendance was 54,397, but that still puts Greenbaum's snag at the top of the list.