A Message to Younger Ballhawks

Today I was faced with an all-to-seemingly common occurrence: someone picked a fight with me and used “you’re a ballhawk” as their leverage. Other than this being a complete absence of an actual point in the discussion, it shows that whoever is purporting this is just plain lazy.

What they think they’re saying by criticizing a ballhawk: “You are a nerd with a dumb hobby.”

What they’re really saying: “I don’t understand your hobby and I am misjudging it.”

Some people like to drink too much, some people like recreational drug usage, some people like to gamble their savings away and countless other ridiculous resource-wasting, time burning hobbies out there take over people’s lives. Yet somehow, people want to criticize and ostracize us for our chosen outlet of fun.

If you’re a veteran ballhawk, you have been through your fair share of this and this blog entry is probably pointless to you. However, if you’re a youngster or just starting out, listen up…

Don’t let anyone, and I mean ANYONE put you down for this hobby. You’re a collector, aficionado, fan, and in some cases an athlete all rolled into one.  So what?  You’ve found something you love that in reality doesn’t hurt or affect anyone? Some of my best friendships in life and relationships most important to me have been forged through networking and practicing in this hobby of ours.

Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT let anyone put you down or get you thinking twice about being a ballhawk. Don’t get bullied out of this great way to spend time with family and friends.

You’re meeting great friends, staying out of trouble, learning life experiences, watching America’s game and amassing a great collection of sports memorabilia. Never, ever let anyone bully you into feeling ashamed or doubt your status as a ballhawk. Embrace it!


Nice post shawn. Those people on twitter are stupid, uneducated, jerks. They have no clue what the heck a ballawk is. It is a very fun hobby that takes skill.
Those people just need to back off….. Looking forward to seeing you next season. Let me know when you plan on hitting Wrigley field. I know Tony Voda is most likely going, so we should try to plan on going to the same game.

Nice blog Shawn, I’m a decent ballhawk, but not that good! It’s quite fun, do you have any tips? I also SWEAR that I was ballhawking like literally right next to you one Brewers game this summer!!! Where do you usually ballhawk? I’m a huge Brewers fan and it’s always cool to see fellow Brewer fans blogging!
-David S.

Hey David, thanks for reading. Come say hi next time you see me at the ballpark. I’ll have plenty of tips for you.

I’ve had more issues with security guards/ushers than actual fans. Security can really rain on your parade if you let them; always stand up for yourself even when it’s ballpark employees.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

7000 Coliseum Way

I’m an Oakland Athletics Season Ticket holder and sit in Section 149 of the Right Field Bleachers. I love going to Major and Minor League baseball games and snagging balls, which I began to do in 2011. To date, I've snagged 165 Minor League Baseballs and 185 Major League Baseballs.

A Piece of The Game

If you're a baseball fan, you're in the right place. I write about my experiences at the ballpark, express my opinions about Major League Baseball, and I sometimes interview baseball players. You can find me on Twitter @APieceofTheGame.

The life of a lead sports designer

The thoughts and designs of Phillip Morgan

Plouffe's New Hairdo

Twins, Baseball, Music, and Other Random Musings

Observing Baseball

I grew up a Yankee fan, I favor Pitchers whenever possible, I am a stathead, and my dream job is to be a GM for an MLB franchise. In the summer, I go to MLB games and catch baseballs. In the winter, I write about what teams are doing to get better or worse. I try to be positive and unbiased in my writing, but that isn't always possible when evaluating teams truthfully.

Philadelphia Ballhawk

My name is Harrison Tishler and I am a 13 year old ballhawk from Philadelphia who has 325 Major and Minor League Baseballs.

7th Inning Stretch Time

"Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd..."

Blogging 'Bout Baseball

One SoCal native's thoughts on baseball, the games he attends, and how that affects life.

%d bloggers like this: