Fan petitions MLB to Ban Ballhawk Zack Hample From All Ballparks
Baseball collector/ballhawk Zack Hample is not a person you want to see at your favorite team’s ballpark.
On Sunday, the Braves-Marlins game at Fort Bragg was supposed to be for military personnel and their families only, and yet, extremely disliked ballhawk Zack Hample was in attendance. He even posted about it many times on Twitter.
He claimed he got tickets and entrance into the game from a friend, but his mentions said otherwise.
— RT Ohio (@RT_Ohio) July 4, 2016
Enough was enough. Somebody started a petition to get Zack Hample banned from every single MLB stadium.
“Zack Hample is an attention whore who claims to have caught/collected more than 9,000 baseballs from 52 MLB stadiums. On July 3, 2016, he entered the stadium at Fort Bragg, NC, despite the fact that all 12,500 tickets were reserved for servicemen/servicewomen and DoD employees, and despite the fact that thousands of soldiers and veterans who wanted tickets could not get them. How did he do this? By using Tinder to offer $1,000 to anyone who would give him a ticket. Not only did he deny an actual hero a seat at the game, but he proceeded to catch 11 baseballs, all of which should have been souvenirs for the men and women who risk their lives to protect our nation.
Hample has a documented history of pushing children out of the way to get the baseballs he so dearly cherishes, making him a blight on our nation’s pastime and an active deterrent to the up and coming generation falling in love with our game. Given this most recent violation of MLB, Fort Bragg, and our military on the eve of our nation’s Independence Day, tonight’s game should be Mr. Hample’s last. We call on Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, to issue a lifetime ban and restore the integrity of the fan experience.”
As of 10:18 p.m. ET Monday, the petition had garnered over 1,494 signatures.