Ballhawking Home Run Balls in Kansas City

bigs and rays fansEver since we started planning the BIGS Baseball Adventure, Zack has been talking a big game about Kansas City.  He loves this ballpark for several reasons:

  1. It’s a beautiful park
  2. There is plenty of standing room
  3. Tickets are a fair price
  4. There is plenty of room to run around beyond the outfield walls, which allows a ballhawk to play the field according to righties and lefties.

We arrived plenty early and were really excited to meet these two baseball fans pictured to the left.  They are big fans of Zack and also happen to love BIGS Sunflower Seeds too!  They were part of a special group of fans who paid an extra $10 to get early admission to the stadium to take in additional batting practice.

We also had to get there early because KCTV was doing a story on Zack’s ballhawking prowess.  Click here to see the full story.

The only problem with the early bird BP package was that once we entered the stadium, we were required to stay within a certain area around the dugout.  Even once the gates opened, they kept us there – which didn’t make much sense and severly limited our ability to snag balls during BP.

Once the game started, it didn’t take Zack long to snag a ball.  His strategy for the game was to play the outfield for the first two outs of each inning and then make his way to the dugout for the third in an attempt to snag a toss up.  In the top of the 1st, the strategy almost worked.  The visitors went deep twice with both balls landing in the bullpen.  Zack  was right there to ask for the ball, but the greedy groundskeepers pocketed each ball for themselves.

Then, at the end of the 1st inning, this happened.

Zack got his gamer early in the game, which meant that BIGS is donating another $500 for Pitch In For Baseball and we got to head out to the outfield and go for home run balls.  Two more were hit in the game, but only one made it into the seats and we didn’t get it.  Nonetheless, we had a great time running back and forth from left field to right field.  We must have done it 50 times.

All in all, it was a great night in Kansas City and the ballpark lived up to its ballhawk billing.

  • Joe

    Awkward high five at 00:25. haha