Fan who fell making an attempt to safe dwelling run ball throughout Phillies-Giants recreation is a controversial baseball collector
If you were preparing for the Phillies’ 2-0 home loss to the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, you’ve probably heard and noticed a lot of interesting things.
It was former manager Gabe Kapler’s first game in Philadelphia since his release after the 2019 season. Among the 9,150 fans in Citizens Bank Park there was an orchestra with “EAGLES” and “Fire Howie” rings .
But possibly the funniest and most notable occurrence during the game was when a spectator swiped across a row of chairs trying (and failed) to secure a home run ball in right field.
The only goal in the game on Monday night came in the third inning when Giants’ first baseman Brandon Belt sent a two-part home run to the right field seats to give San Francisco everything it needed to win.
After the ball lands, the show shows a fan running down the stairs to get the souvenir. As he prepared to climb over the front row of seats to grab the baseball, the spectator slipped and fell on the concrete. Unimpressed by the fall, the fan reaches for the ball, which is only a few inches away, but another spectator rushed in first.
The man who embarrassed himself on TV isn’t just your average baseball fan. His name is Zack Hample, a die-hard man who travels to stadiums across the country collecting home runs and foul balls that go to the stands.
After the obliteration, Hample took to social media to confirm it was indeed himself.
To all of my friends who texted me to ask if I was okay, thank you! I am fine. And to all haters, I’ll be back tomorrow in a different stadium. 😘
– Zack Hample (@zack_hample) April 20, 2021
According to its website, Hample has caught more than 11,000 baseball in 60 different stadiums. Notable pieces in his collection include Mike Trout’s first career homerun and Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000. Career hit.
Some criticized the New Yorker for being a little overzealous in his search. The Ballhawk described his affection for baseball collecting as an “obsession” during a 2017 interview with HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”.
“I’m not hiding from that word,” said Hample. “It’s absolutely an obsession. Makes me crazy. I can’t even watch baseball highlights on TV anymore because it’s just one home run after another landing in that section that I was in last week and when I was in last year.” went that ballpark, they I didn’t hit any balls there. It just drives me crazy. An obsession is probably on the mild end of how this could be described. Illness could be a better word. “
Although fans weren’t allowed to play MLB games due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Hample wouldn’t take no for an answer. He went to Fenway Park and stood outside the stadium hoping to catch a couple of home runs that flew over the Green Monster and into the streets of Boston.
“A global pandemic won’t stop me from joining the board this year,” Hample told HBO in a follow-up interview last year. “If I can get a ball in a season when nobody is allowed to enter the stadium, it’s almost like beating the odds in the greatest possible way.”