A Word of Advice for Younger Ballhawks…

When you’re out in those bleachers competing against the field, take a moment to just slow down and enjoy those around you. In the MyGameBalls era some of us are getting too wrapped up in the numbers game. Some hawks feel better suited to come home angry with 10 baseballs than happy with 1. You know what? That’s your prerogative, but take it from someone who’s been on the scene for a decade… the people you meet are equally important as the baseballs you catch. When you get down to it, a life long friend is indescribably, exponentially more valuable than some shitty BP baseball, and you can take that to the bank.

Make friends.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank, again, my baseball family. The people I meet out in those bleachers are the finest people on the planet. I love you guys, you really are a sub-genre of my family.







Ryan Mort and I


kenny and i





Perfect advice. Though I am older, I have not ballhawked for nearly as long as you; BUT I still have made friends at the ballpark. Not having friends that understand my craziness for getting to the gates early, it was super awesome meeting people who shared my passion via MyGameBalls and MLBlogs, then meeting up with them at the games (including you, Shawn). Sharing the ballpark with these newfound friends is truly amazing and the time spent with them is often more than with non-baseball friends (especially during long homestands).

All this rambling leads to one simple point: Ballpark/Ballhawk friends are the best catch at the stadium; catch one and you have more than a solo hawker with a thousand game-balls.

Thanks for the advice🙂 I had the great privilege to meet some of the most elite ballhawks this year, and it was a lot of fun. I hope to meet even more next year!

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