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(Metro)   Helicopter is out at ground level as man catches fly ball from 1,000 feet   (metro.co.uk ) divider line
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2013-07-14 09:39:39 PM  
95 MPH is wrong. I looked it up, expecting it to be a lot higher. Turns out, the terminal velocity of a baseball at sea level is about 74 MPH! Lowell, Mass. is almost at sea level, so as far as velocity goes, it would be about like a slow changeup.
 
2013-07-14 11:59:28 PM  
FTFA:

The sports author, 35, has caught and kept more than 6,800 baseballs that were batted into the stands during major league games.

I call bullshiat.
 
2013-07-15 12:22:12 AM  
You're out, yesterday in Pittsburgh.
 
2013-07-15 01:14:23 AM  

Your Average Witty Fark User: FTFA:

The sports author, 35, has caught and kept more than 6,800 baseballs that were batted into the stands during major league games.

I call bullshiat.


Nah...not that hard, really. Regular season is 162 games, and so 80-ish games at home. If he caught one at each and every game, it would only take him 80-ish years to do it. So at 35, he would only need to have started 45 years before he was born. And that only takes into account catching ONE ball per game.
 
2013-07-15 02:23:41 AM  

SevenizGud: Your Average Witty Fark User: FTFA:

The sports author, 35, has caught and kept more than 6,800 baseballs that were batted into the stands during major league games.

I call bullshiat.

Nah...not that hard, really. Regular season is 162 games, and so 80-ish games at home. If he caught one at each and every game, it would only take him 80-ish years to do it. So at 35, he would only need to have started 45 years before he was born. And that only takes into account catching ONE ball per game.


Guy  could be counting balls fetched during batting practice. If you set up in the outfield at a park where there's pretty much no fan base (Miami, I'm looking at you) one could probably gather up a pretty decent collection over a number of years.

I'm still rather dubious, even with that allowance, though (and it would be cheating because BP balls aren't game balls, at least not by the time they go into the BP bag).
 
2013-07-15 03:07:50 AM  

JayCab: Guy could be counting balls fetched during batting practice. If you set up in the outfield at a park where there's pretty much no fan base (Miami, I'm looking at you) one could probably gather up a pretty decent collection over a number of years.


I'm not watching that vid again, but I'm pretty sure he referred to them as batting practice balls. Get there early enough and you can collect a ton.
 
2013-07-15 06:51:26 AM  
Obligatory:

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2013-07-15 07:19:02 AM  
I remember seeing a report on this guy a few years ago when he was in the 4000s, and he really did have a room full of baseballs. One factor is that if a ball rattles around somewhere and winds up in a drain, he knows where the other end of the drain is. He does his homework.

Some dude caught four foul balls at I think the Orioles game last night, and SportsCenter called it something like 1-in-a-trillion odds, which is bull-hockey. Those are the odds of someone randomly pulling your ticket number from among 30,000 out of a drum four times. Hitting a ball near any given seat is nothing like that. I once saw Keith Hernandez hit four fouls within about a 30-foot radius in the same game, just about parallel with the third-base bag by the walkway in the upper deck. If somebody ever took the time to mark where foul balls landed, there would be clear hot spots.
 
2013-07-15 08:02:40 AM  
Lame. He used a mit? Use just your hands and I'll be slightly impressed you caught a ball that you watched drop for 12 seconds...
 
2013-07-15 08:47:20 AM  

Your Average Witty Fark User: FTFA:

The sports author, 35, has caught and kept more than 6,800 baseballs that were batted into the stands during major league games.

I call bullshiat.


As others have mentioned, he does count BP balls.  Here's his blog.
 
2013-07-15 09:58:07 AM  

wxboy: Your Average Witty Fark User: FTFA:

The sports author, 35, has caught and kept more than 6,800 baseballs that were batted into the stands during major league games.

I call bullshiat.

As others have mentioned, he does count BP balls.  Here's his blog.


BP balls are not hit into the stands during games, so he's a liar.
 
2013-07-15 11:11:59 AM  
He is also a douchebag.  Not that I know him personally, but I saw a news story on him a couple years ago.  They followed him around the stadium, and he explained how he knows where "hot spots" are.  They also showed him knocking over kids and begging other grown-ups for any balls that he didnt catch.

/its a stupid record anyways
//and yes, I did do something productive this weekend...
///drank a lot of beer
 
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