Sultan of Snag
It often is. While many fans spend a lifetime hoping to get a stray ball, Hample averages an incredible six a game (1,392 in 18 stadiums since 1993). He has even written a book, How to Snag Major League Baseballs, revealing his trade secrets. Topping the list: Be the first fan to enter the stadium—batting practice is the easiest time to grab balls. And if you want, say, Ken Griffey Jr. to toss you a ball, Hample advises, "Don't call him 'Yo!' or 'Hey, you!' and don't make annoying whistling noises." Called a ball hog by some, the un-apologetic Hample, now a student at Guilford College in North Carolina, says he has no plans of slacking off: "If you love something, why not do it all the time if you can?"
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