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Blog entries from every stadium

NOTE: this is not a complete list of every game I've attended or blogged about.


ANGEL STADIUM:
August 24, 1995
August 25, 1995 --> got Cal Ripken Jr.'s autograph
August 30, 2008 --> cracked a rib
September 5, 2011 --> interviewed by a newspaper reporter
July 20, 2012
April 21, 2013
June 15, 2016 -- filmed for YouTube

ASTRODOME:
July 18, 1999

AT&T PARK:
2007 Home Run Derby
2007 All-Star Game
September 3, 2011 --> went to the Oakland Coliseum earlier in the day
April 23, 2013
April 24, 2013
June 14, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube; got a game-used bat

BUSCH STADIUM (new):
May 22, 2007
May 23, 2007
September 20, 2011
September 21, 2011
June 4, 2013 --> two hours of sleep and a TV interview
June 5, 2013 --> lunch with All-Star closer Heath Bell
August 13, 2015 --> filmed for YouTube

BUSCH STADIUM (old):
July 14, 1998

CAMDEN YARDS:
September 22, 2006 --> filmed for CBS; got a broken bat
August 29, 2007 --> snagged thee foul balls during the game
September 29, 2007 --> "Watch With Zack" game
May 31, 2008 --> Manny Ramirez hit his 500th home run
September 11, 2008 --> with my friend Leon Feingold
May 6, 2009 --> minuscule crowd after two rain delays
August 11, 2009 --> snagged two foul balls during the game
September 14, 2009 --> snagged 22 balls
September 15, 2009 --> snagged 25 balls including a game home run
May 11, 2010 --> photos from inside the warehouse
May 13, 2010 --> snagged two homers during the game
October 3, 2010 --> got a bat from Austin Jackson
April 6, 2011 --> snagged a foul ball and a homer during the game
May 11, 2011 --> filmed for the local news
May 12, 2011 --> caught three foul balls during the game
July 15, 2011 --> pre-game tour of the stadium
July 23, 2011 --> BallhawkFest
July 24, 2011 --> caught Mike Trout's 1st MLB home run
2012 ALDS Game 2
May 9, 2013 --> written up for Sports On Earth
June 26, 2013 -- with my mom
2014 ALDS Game 1
June 3, 2016 -- filmed for YouTube
June 4, 2016 -- BallhawkFest; filmed for YouTube
August 18, 2016 -- caught an A.J. Reed HR; filmed for YouTube

CANDLESTICK PARK:
June 11, 1993

CHAMPION STADIUM:
April 22, 2008
April 23, 2008
April 24, 2008 --> brought my BIG glove

CHASE FIELD:
September 17, 2007
September 18, 2007 --> pre-game trip to the Scottsdale stadium
September 19, 2007 --> snagged 21 baseballs
2011 Home Run Derby
2011 All-Star Game
August 12, 2013
August 13, 2013 --> media credential/behind-the-scenes access
June 13, 2016 --> caught my 9,000th ball; filmed for YouTube

CITI FIELD:
April 15, 2009 --> my first game there
May 8, 2009 --> "Watch With Zack" game
May 11, 2009 --> with my dad
July 8, 2009 --> Donald Trump made an appearance
September 8, 2009 --> photos outside and in the fancy club area
October 4, 2009 --> got Angel Pagan's cap
June 8, 2010 --> talked to Heath Bell
July 27, 2010 --> "Watch With Zack" game
September 17, 2010 --> snagged 21 balls
September 29, 2010 --> with my mom
April 14, 2011 --> went to Yankee Stadium later in the day
April 21, 2011 --> caught Mike Nickeas's 1st MLB home run
June 2, 2011 --> sitting in a special "handicapped" area
August 26, 2011 --> got a Jason Heyward batting glove
April 24, 2012 --> party deck in left field
June 1, 2012 --> Johan Santana no-hitter
September 7, 2012 --> caught a Dan Uggla game home run
September 11, 2012 --> caught a Tyler Moore game home run
September 25, 2012 --> caught a Garrett Jones game home run
May 12, 2013 --> commemorative Mother's Day balls
July 2, 2013 --> post-game trip to the MLB Fan Cave with Heath Bell
2013 Home Run Derby
2013 All-Star Game
August 6, 2013 --> Long Haul Bombers
August 21, 2013 --> went to Yankee Stadium later in the day
August 24, 2013 --> snagged 20 balls
September 10, 2013 --> long run for a game home run
September 26, 2013 --> "Watch With Zack" game
September 29, 2013 --> Mike Piazza Mets HOF induction
June 24, 2014 --> 1,000th consecutive game with at least one ball
September 27, 2014 --> fancy club areas
May 15, 2015 --> snagged my 8,000th ball
June 16, 2015 --> with Lisa Ann
July 10, 2015 --> "Watch With Zack" game
August 1, 2015 --> BallhawkFest
2015 World Series Game 5
July 30, 2016 -- Mike Piazza Day; filmed myself for YouTube

CITIZENS BANK PARK:
June 21, 2005 --> with my dad
September 20, 2006 --> filmed for the CBS Evening News
July 24, 2007 --> with my mom
August 19, 2008 --> "Watch With Zack" game
2008 World Series Game 4
July 23, 2009 --> received commemorative balls from Heath Bell
2009 World Series Game 5
2010 NLDS Game 2
2011 NLDS Game 1
July 6, 2012 --> "Watch With Zack" game
July 7, 2012 --> "Watch With Zack" game
August 3, 2013 --> BallhawkFest; ejected by stadium security
April 8, 2014 --> Phillies home opener
July 20, 2015 --> filmed for a VICE documentary; press level
September 16, 2015 --> snagged two homers in the 4th inning
August 17, 2016 --> snagged two foul balls; filmed for YouTube

COMERICA PARK:
September 10, 2011 --> media credential/press level
September 11, 2011 --> snagged two foul balls during the game
2011 ALCS Game 4 --> got a fist bump from Lou Whitaker
2011 ALCS Game 5
May 23, 2013
April 25, 2016 --> ballhawking competition with the "five foul ball guy"
April 26, 2016
May 17, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube

COORS FIELD:
June 16, 2008
June 17, 2008
June 18, 2008 --> interviewed by the Associated Press
June 19, 2008
June 20, 2008 --> photos of a friend's *amazing* baseball collection
August 24, 2009 --> photos inside the humidor
August 25, 2009
August 26, 2009 --> inside the manual scoreboard
August 27, 2009 --> house with a zillion baseball trinkets
June 9, 2011 --> on crutches; FML
June 10, 2011
June 11, 2011
June 12, 2011 --> talked to Steve Lyons
September 16, 2013 --> game-used ball in all 30 stadiums in 2013
September 17, 2013 --> BIGS Sunflower Seeds headquarters
September 18, 2013
April 13, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube

COUNTY STADIUM:
July 13, 1998

DODGER STADIUM:
September 1, 2008
September 2, 2008 --> snuck in early; busted by security
May 18, 2009 --> snagged my 4,000th ball
2009 NLDS Game 2 --> filmed for "The Tonight Show"
August 31, 2011
July 16, 2012
July 17, 2012 --> filmed for YouTube
August 9, 2013 --> new cross-aisle in foul territory
August 11, 2013 --> many professional photos; met "Dodgerfilms"
June 17, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube; all-you-can-eat pavilion

DOLPHIN STADIUM (aka Pro Player Stadium):
June 6, 2008 --> stressful/exhausting entry to the stadium
June 7, 2008 --> extensive photo tour outside the stadium
June 8, 2008 --> sooooo many empty seats
June 9, 2008 --> barely missed Ken Griffey Jr.'s 600th home run
August 4, 2011 --> with my then-girlfriend, Jona
August 5, 2011 --> Marlins Park construction; hanging with Billy Mitchell

FENWAY PARK:
September 7, 1991 --> operated the scoreboard during the game
June 1, 2005
2007 World Series Game 1
2007 World Series Game 2 --> pre-game speech at a school
April 8, 2008 --> "Watch With Zack" game; ring ceremony
August 1, 2008 --> "Watch With Zack" game
June 20, 2011 --> on crutches
June 21, 2011 --> catching up with Heath Bell
June 8, 2012 --> snagged my 6,000th ball; filmed for YouTube
April 10, 2013
2013 ALCS Game 6
2013 World Series Game 2
2013 World Series Game 6

FORT BRAGG FIELD
July 3, 2016 -- first MLB game on an active military base

FULTON COUNTY STADIUM:
October 4, 1992

GLOBE LIFE PARK:
May 1, 2009
May 2, 2009 --> crazy amount of rain
May 3, 2009
April 25, 2011
April 26, 2011 --> snagged 24 balls
April 27, 2011 --> snagged 22 balls
April 28, 2011
2011 World Series Game 3
2011 World Series Game 4
May 3, 2013 --> pre-game tour of a baseball card factory
April 14, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube

GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK:
August 15, 2005 --> Randy Winn hit for the cycle
August 16, 2005 --> met a minority owner; got a stadium tour
September 12, 2011
September 13, 2011 --> snagged 20 balls
September 14, 2011 --> snagged 36 balls
May 6, 2013 --> filmed for TV during batting practice
2015 Home Run Derby
2015 All-Star Game
May 18, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube; caught a game home run
May 19, 2016 --> wore a GoPro during BP

HIRAM BITHORN STADIUM:

June 28, 2010 --> caught Mike (Giancarlo) Stanton's 2nd career HR
June 29, 2010
June 30, 2010

JACK MURPHY STADIUM (aka Qualcomm Stadium):
July 17, 2000
July 18, 2000

KAUFFMAN STADIUM:
June 16, 2009 --> filmed for TV during batting practice
June 17, 2009 --> played catch with Kyle Farnsworth
June 18, 2009 --> snagged 32 balls
September 17, 2011
September 18, 2011 --> alone in the stadium for an hour
September 21, 2012 --> with my then-girlfriend, Robin
September 22, 2012
September 23, 2012 -->Diamond Club tour
May 1, 2013 --> filmed for TV; LF seats flooded
August 14, 2015 -- > filmed for YouTube

KINGDOME:
May 29, 1999

MARLINS PARK:
May 21, 2012 --> got a drink for Jeremy Guthrie during BP
May 22, 2012 --> TV interview, body-painted models, etc.
July 29, 2013
June 2, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube

METRODOME:
September 24, 1995
September 25, 1995

MILLER PARK:
April 27, 2009
April 28, 2009
September 8, 2011
June 3, 2013
September 4, 2014
August 15, 2015 -- filmed for YouTube; storm chasing

MINUTE MAID PARK:
August 17, 2005
August 18, 2005
April 29, 2011
April 30, 2011
May 4, 2013

NATIONALS PARK:
April 10, 2008 -- snagged 28 balls
June 3, 2009 -- rained out
September 29, 2009 --> post-game U2 concert at FedEx Field
September 30, 2009 --> walk-off grand slam; car hit in parking lot
May 2, 2011 --> lots of action shots of me
May 13, 2011 --> got a huge lineup card
July 1, 2011
July 2, 2011
July 3, 2011
July 5, 2011

July 27, 2011 --> snagged 22 balls
August 16, 2011
August 17, 2011 --> snagged 25 balls
August 18, 2011 --> got Joey Votto's wristband
August 19, 2011
August 25, 2011
September 19, 2012 --> ejected by stadium security
June 20, 2013
June 25, 2013 --> with my mom on her birthday
August 27, 2013 --> caught my 7,000th ball

OAKLAND COLISEUM:
September 2, 2011 --> snagged two foul balls during the game
September 3, 2011 --> went to AT&T Park later in the day
September 4, 2011
August 14, 2013
August 15, 2013
April 11, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube

OLYMPIC STADIUM:
May 9, 2000
May 10, 2000

PETCO PARK:
August 14, 2006
August 15, 2006
August 16, 2006 --> caught Barry Bonds' 724th home run
August 29, 2008 --> filmed for TV; snagged 21 balls
August 31, 2008 --> hooked up by Heath Bell
September 6, 2011 --> written up in a newspaper
July 18, 2012 --> field access with the head groundskeeper
July 19, 2012 --> met Trevor Hoffman
July 21, 2012
April 22, 2013 --> filmed for TV; got a big lineup card
September 22, 2014
September 23, 2014 --> hung out at Heath's Bell's house
September 24, 2014 --> interviewed on TV
June 16, 2016 --> snagged a game home run with my glove trick
2016 Home Run Derby -- filmed for YouTube
2016 All-Star Game -- filmed for YouTube

PNC PARK:
August 12, 2008
August 13, 2008
August 23, 2011 --> went to Progressive Field earlier in the day
August 24, 2011
May 8, 2013
May 20, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube

PROGRESSIVE FIELD:
May 1, 2010 --> photo tour outside the stadium
May 2, 2010 --> lots of photos inside the stadium
May 3, 2010 --> snagged 24 baseballs
August 22, 2011 --> "Watch With Zack" game
August 23, 2011 --> went to PNC Park later in the day
May 7, 2013 --> interviewed by the MLB Network
August 12, 2015 --> photos of the new RF configuration
May 16, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube

RFK STADIUM:
July 5, 2005

RIVERFRONT STADIUM (aka Cinergy Field):
July 2, 1998

ROGERS CENTRE:
April 6, 2009 --> hotel room overlooking the stadium
April 7, 2009
April 8, 2009 --> pre-game trip up inside the CN Tower
April 9, 2009 --> trash-talking with pitcher Jesse Litsch
May 26, 2011 --> video of me catching a ball in my hotel room
May 27, 2011 --> post-game/in-studio radio interview
May 28, 2011 --> snagged my 5,000th ball
May 29, 2011
May 24, 2013 --> pre-game/in-studio TV interview

SAFECO FIELD:
June 13, 2011
June 14, 2011 --> on crutches; snagged 13 balls
June 15, 2011 --> lots of photos from the upper deck
April 25, 2013 --> chatted with Mike Trout
April 26, 2013
April 12, 2016 --> snagged 20 baseballs; filmed for YouTube

SHEA STADIUM:
June 11, 1996 --> snagged my 1,000th ball
May 31, 2005 --> snagged two foul balls during the game
August 3, 2005 --> got Wes Helms' batting gloves
September 14, 2005 --> with my mom on my birthday
September 29, 2005 --> got a glove from Ryan Speier
September 30, 2005 --> with my dad
April 6, 2006
--> got a bat from Cliff Floyd
April 17, 2006 --> filmed for TV
April 17, 2006 --> filmed for TV
May 3, 2006 --> with my dad; TV segment on jumbotron
June 21, 2006 --> recognized by Pedro Martinez; Jose Reyes cycle
August 8, 2006 --> snagged two foul balls during the game
September 18, 2006 --> the Mets clinched the NL East
May 29, 2007 --> filmed for TV
June 5, 2007 --> Citi Field under construction; many photos of Shea
September 10, 2007 --> snagged two foul balls during the game
September 25, 2007 --> "Watch With Zack" game
May 15, 2008 --> "Watch With Zack" game
August 6, 2008 --> big glove
August 25, 2008 --> "Watch With Zack" game
September 28, 2008 --> final game ever at Shea Stadium

SUNTRUST PARK:
April 14, 2017 --> inaugural game; filmed for YouTube

SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND:

March 22, 2014 --> MLB Opening Series (Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks)
March 23, 2014

TARGET FIELD:
May 4, 2010
May 5, 2010
May 6, 2010
September 16, 2011
June 11, 2013

THREE RIVERS STADIUM:
July 1, 1998 --> snuck into the stadium early

TIGER STADIUM:
July 10, 1998

TOKYO DOME:
March 28, 2012 --> MLB Opening Series (Mariners vs. Athletics)
March 29, 2012

TROPICANA FIELD:
August 2, 2011
August 3, 2011
July 30, 2013

TURNER FIELD:
May 17, 2010 --> lots of photos outside the stadium
May 18, 2010 --> lots of photos from the upper deck
May 19, 2010
September 26, 2011 --> final stop of my 30-stadium tour
September 27, 2011 --> snagged 23 balls
September 28, 2011 --> crazy final day of the regular season
August 18, 2012 --> Civil Rights game; commemorative balls
August 19, 2012
September 29, 2012 --> Chipper Jones commemorative balls
September 30, 2012 --> Chipper Jones' final home game
July 31, 2013 --> newspaper interview; hit in the face with a ball
August 1, 2013
May 31, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube; commemorative balls
June 1, 2016 --> filmed for YouTube; lots of action shots

U.S. CELLULAR FIELD:
April 24, 2009 --> photo tour outside the stadium
April 25, 2009 --> lots of rain; upper deck photos
September 9, 2011 --> amazing closeup photos during the game
May 21, 2013 --> Sweets & Snacks Expo
May 22, 2013 --> fun day with BIGS Sunflower Seeds
August 11, 2015 -- with "Big Cat" from Barstool Sports

VETERANS STADIUM:
1993 World Series -- Game 5

WRIGLEY FIELD:
April 21, 2009
April 22, 2009
April 23, 2009
September 19, 2011
June 7, 2013 --> live interview on the Pirates broadcast
September 2, 2014 --> filmed for YouTube; got a lineup card
September 3, 2014 --> lots of great action shots

YANKEE STADIUM (new):
April 18, 2009 --> my first game there
July 20, 2009 --> "Watch With Zack" game
July 26, 2009 --> "Watch With Zack" game
September 28, 2009 --> snagged a Robinson Cano grand slam
April 15, 2010 --> old Yankee Stadium being demolished
August 2, 2010 --> A-Rod going for his 600th home run
April 14, 2011 --> went to Citi Field earlier in the day
May 23, 2011 --> first time in the Legends area
June 7, 2011 --> filmed for the MLB Network
June 30, 2011 --> came close to Mark Teixeira's 300th home run
July 9, 2011 --> Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit
August 13, 2011 -- filmed for a Korean documentary
2011 ALDS Game 5
May 8, 2012 --> snagged a Raul Ibanez game home run
May 11, 2012 --> inside the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar
June 6, 2012 --> "Watch With Zack" game
June 26, 2012 --> snagged 16 balls
July 30, 2012 --> caught a game home run and made out with my girlfriend
August 27, 2012 --> caught a Derek Jeter game home run
October 3, 2012 --> Yankees clinched the AL East
2012 ALDS Game 5
April 12, 2013 --> forced by stadium security to sit in the rain
April 16, 2013 --> talked to Heath Bell, received BIGS sunflower seeds
April 18, 2013 --> snagged two homers during the game
May 16, 2013 --> inside the Audi Club
August 21, 2013 --> went to Citi Field earlier in the day
August 8, 2014 --> caught a Carlos Beltran grand slam
September 11, 2014 --> Legends seats; Derek Jeter commemorative balls
April 8, 2015 --> first time dealing with metal detectors
April 10, 2015 --> caught a David Ortiz home run in the 16th inning
May 24, 2015 --> Legends seats; Bernie Williams commemorative balls
May 26, 2015 --> snagged 23 balls
June 19, 2015 --> snagged A-Rod's 3,000th career hit
June 22, 2015 --> first game back after the A-Rod ball
June 23, 2015 --> hung out with Eric Byrnes during the game
July 3, 2015 --> press conference with A-Rod
July 22, 2015 --> got assaulted in BP; caught a homer during the game
May 11, 2016 --> correctly predicted catching a homer; featured on ESPN
May 12, 2016 --> caught two homers; featured on ESPN again
June 27, 2016 --> empty stadium after a crazy-long rain delay
August 5, 2016 --> caught a Starlin Castro grand slam

YANKEE STADIUM (old):
June 15, 2005 --> snagged a ball with a nice bat imprint
April 26, 2006 --> snagged 14 baseballs
August 1, 2006 --> photos taken from the upper deck
May 7, 2007 --> snagged my 3,000th ball
May 9, 2007 --> fan running on the field
July 31, 2007 --> new Yankee Stadium under construction
August 14, 2007 -- "Watch With Zack" game
2008 Home Run Derby
April 2, 2008 --> new Yankee Stadium under construction
May 23, 2008 --> crowded and awful in BP; caught a game homer
June 30, 2008 --> Yankee Stadium at its worst
July 1, 2008 --> upper deck for BP; Monument Park for the game
July 22, 2008 --> hanging out in the RF bleachers
July 28, 2008 --> caught a Kevin Millar game home run
August 26, 2008 --> "Watch With Zack" game
September 16, 2008 --> caught a Jason Giambi home run
September 17, 2008 --> caught a Johnny Damon home run
September 18, 2008 --> media frenzy
September 19, 2008 --> media frenzy
September 21, 2008 --> final game ever at the stadium