New York Yankees

Zack Hample, a New York Yankees season ticket holder and man who caught A-Rod’s 3K hit ball, says he plans on keeping it.

By Robby Sabo

It looks as though the one person on the face of the Earth that Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees didn’t want catching that home run today, was this guy.

Zack Hample, who has supposedly caught over 8,000 MLB balls in his life, was the fortunate soul who snagged A-Rod’s first-inning home run today which happened to be his 3,000 career hit.

Hample plans on keeping the ball, and he doesn’t feel bad in the least.

On Thursday, Hample Tweeted this after he was asked what he’d do if he caught A-Rod’s 3K ball:

@Yankeefan98 I’ll give him the finger and a dummy ball. That man deserves favors from no one, least of all a fan.

— Zack Hample (@zack_hample) June 19, 2015

The Tweet was later deleted.

Of course Yankees personnel mobbed Hample once it was revealed he was the lucky soul who caught it. Hample would not give in to any negotiation. In fact, Newsday’s Mike Gavin posted a series of Tweets regarding Hample quotes post 3K:

While Hample’s overall point is true, most are already starting to get sick and tired of the man – and it’s only been a few hours.

One thing is for sure, he sure does love the publicity.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]