Famed Ball Hawk Zack Hample Assaulted at Yankee Stadium (Pics)

ball hawk zack hample assaulted at yankee stadium

Remember Zack Hample, the famous ball-hawk who caught A-Rod’s 3000th hit and became friends with former adult film star Lisa Ann?

Well, he had quite the interesting night at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. And it started with him getting assaulted by another fan during batting practice.

First we’ll hear Hample’s side of the story:

Hample obviously got roughed up quite a bit. However, the Yankees’ were not willing to make any concrete conclusions about what happened. Here’s their official statement:

An incident took place between Zack Hample and another fan during batting practice when an Orioles player attempted to toss a ball into the right-field stands. After a brief altercation, the two parties were separated. After carefully reviewing video recordings of the incident — in which no punches were thrown and there was not a clear determination of who was the aggressor — Yankees operations personnel reassigned the other fan, along with his father, to a different seat location within the stadium. Reports were also taken by security officials.

Hample takes a lot of crap from a lot of people on the internet. The assumption seems to be that he steals balls from children, and the jokes are usually of the “I bet that loser lives in his mom’s basement!” variety.

However, my suspicion is that these people haven’t taken the time to actually read about Zack Hample. The guy basically makes a living off his passion for collecting baseballs. He’s got a pretty interesting blog and twitter feed, and he’s written not one but three books. And people who know him generally seem to like him.

In any case, Hample’s night got better about an hour later when he made a great leaping catch on a Ryan Flaherty home run.


Sometimes you just have to take the good with the bad.

Hat Tip – [Sports Illustrated]

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