It was a good day for D-backs rookie Didi Gregorius. It might have been an even better day for Zack Hample, a fan and home run ball collector who was in attendance at the Diamondbacks-Yankees game Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
Gregorius homered on the first pitch he saw in a D-backs uniform in the third inning, a drive into the right-field seats that was caught by Hample, wearing a Sedona red Arizona hat among a sea of New York fans.
Hample gave the ball to Gregorius after the game in exchanged for an autographed ball -- but he wasn't done yet.
In the ninth inning, with the Diamondbacks leading 2-1, closer J.J. Putz gave up a game-tying home run to the Yankees' Francisco Cervelli into the first row in left field. You'll never guess who caught it.
Hample, author of the book "How to Snag Major League Baseballs," was there to make the grab, making Thursday night's game the second in which he'd caught two home run balls. The 35-year-old New Yorker also caught Barry Bonds' 724th...