Well, folks! It’s that time! The World Series has ended, the Giants swept the Tigers in four games! That’s pretty awesome! And since the World Series has ended, that means that the 2012 baseball season is officially over. That also means it’s time to collect donations from the folks that have graciously promised to donate to my charity, Snagging Baseballs for Puppies! I’m excited as you are and so is the Seattle Humane Society! If you’re reading this blog entry and you’ve made a donation, feel free to visit this page and donate! If you experience any difficulties trying to donate, email me at WaynePeck@Yahoo.com and we can set something up or I can help you along the way!
Thanks for all that have donated in the past. And thanks for all the new donors this season and, of course, any future donors that want to jump on board! I’ll also send out some emails or tweets or Facebook messages to those that have pledged a donation just as a friendly reminder!
My stats this year are 52 baseballs snagged. That’s way down from last year, but I’ll be attending more games this next season, hopefully starting out in Houston!
Alright, my friends. Be well and hope to hear from you!
-Wayne Peck; Founder of Snagging Baseballs for Puppies
Dear Family and Friends,
I recently accepted the challenge to raise funds to support Seattle Humane Society. Please help support me in this important community resource by contributing generously. For information about Seattle Humane Society and its programs, you can visit http://shs.convio.net/site/PageServer.
It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause by making your tax-deductible donation online using the link below. If you would prefer, you can send your contribution to the address listed below.
Whatever you can give will help – it all adds up! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
Sincerely, Wayne Peck
To make a donation online, visit my personal page.
To send a donation, mail to:
PO Box 1225 Ave D Snohomish, WA 98291-1225
Make all checks payable to: Seattle Humane Society
For two years in a row now, I’ve created, managed, and recruited people for my charity; Snagging Baseball for Puppies. It takes an insane amount of time and work to keep a legitimate charity up and running. If you’ve read my most recent blog entry here, you’ll know my 2012 baseball season was cut short due to life not really working with me but alas, working against me. I put an insane amount of time and energy into two jobs thus working 60+ hours a week. It wasn’t fun and it wasn’t worth it. If I could, I’d give every red cent back to those places of employment to get my summer back. The only thing I can do now is to look forward and make better decisions concerning my livelihood and what’s important to me.
I’ve been using Crowdrise.com as my main donation page for the past two seasons. For the 2013 season, I will be using a better format and a page directly from the Seattle Humane Society. You can take a look at it here and leave me comments on how I can make it better or if you think this will be a better choice for my charity. Here, check it out! For those of you who have pledged a monetary amount towards Snagging Baseballs for Puppies, and as I have stated in my last blog entry, hang onto your change. Unless you are seriously wanting to donate, you can at Crowdrise.com. Be mindful that the minimum donation is $10. And since I only snagged 50 baseballs in roughly 25 games, your donation will actually be under that minimum $10 amount. Your second option is to just hang onto your money and I’ll tack it onto next years snagged baseballs.
So the plan is this; attend Mariners Fanfest this season and then I’m headed to Houston for their home opener! Last year I went to the Mariners fanfest and it was literally the most exciting fun I’ve done in a long time concerning baseball. Also, I posted a blog about a Mariners ticket giveaway. (This is in no way affiliated with Mariners baseball, it’s my own contest.) Well, since I never really followed through with that, I’m going to make up for it. (Yah, I’m a great guy, right?) Every new baseball stadium I visit, I’m going to purchase two “cheap-seat” tickets for you and a friend, leave them at will-call and we can catch up inside and shake hands, BS around, or whatever you’d like. You’ll have to win the contest (which is a simple baseball trivia game on Twitter) so make sure you follow me on there! And make sure you can attend that evenings game as well.
There’s more. I still have a ton of signed baseballs I’m looking to get rid of. It’s a simple $10 dollar donation to get one and all proceeds go to my charity. I can give them away in contest form or you can just email me at WaynePeck@yahoo.com and claim one when I get things up and running again. This is important to me, so don’t ask for one if you can’t donate. Okay? Thank you.
Anyway, I have a lot of work to do for next years season. I have to get into physical shape, I have to make sure my gear is good to go for snagging baseballs and I have to make sure my links, websites and everything else is up to par. Get the word out, folks! I may be coming to a stadium near you to snag some baseballs for puppies!
Hello, all! Wow, it’s like I was just blogging about something yesterday! Oh, wait! I was! If you missed it, here’s a short rundown of the important details and then we will move on. Yesterday, I posted an important blog entry for my charity. Over the years I have collected close to 75 autographed baseballs and I’ve pulled the best 20 out of the pile to auction them off for my charity. So far, it’s been a success. In less than 24 hours, I’ve been able to auction off four baseballs that brought in a total of $85 dollars so far! That is really awesome and for those that have purchased those baseballs, you don’t know how appreciative I am! If you’re interested in helping out, click here, and you’ll be off and running!
Okay. The last couple of years, I’ve been doing my best to get the word out about Snagging Baseballs for Puppies. There have been some trying times trying to connect the media to get the word out and there has also been some fantastic success! For those that have helped me promote my charity, I can’t thank you enough. Even if you don’t plan on donating or pledge any money towards the baseballs that I catch during games, spreading the word is the next best thing and I appreciate it and so does the Seattle Humane Society. I’d like to give credit where credit is due, and personally thank those that have helped, in this blog entry.
The first media credential that I hold is from the Millcreek View. The Millcreek View is a local newspaper in a small town near where I grew up as a kid. I sent the editor a friendly email and they finally called me after a few days for an interview last year. I also sent them some of my recent pictures of me at stadiums I’ve visited. Take a look at the screen shot:
I also blogged about this the day I got the newspaper, too. You can read about that here. If you squint, you can read the entire article and as you can see, I’ve made a lot of progress since this article has been written. I’ve been to 14 different stadiums and snagged nearly 250 baseballs. Last year, with my donors help, we raised $257 bucks!
Seattle Dog Spot is one of my favorite websites regarding dogs. As you can tell (with my charity and all) I’m a huge dog lover. So naturally I flock to these kinds of websites. I actually never contacted this website, initially, to have an article ran on me. I was innocently googling around on the internet one evening and when I googled “snagging baseballs for puppies” I came across this article:
That’s just a screen shot that I took from the website. You can read the entire article by clicking this link!
Have you ever wanted to get on the radio and talk about something important to you or something near and dear to your heart? Well, there is this radio show out in Boston called the Shady Lady Sports Show that I contacted, explained what I do for the Seattle Humane Society and was able to call in one Sunday morning. It was so much fun, I wish I could do it every day of my life! These guys are really easy to talk to, they’re knowledgeable in sports and they make a smooth transition with topics they talk about. The show airs every Sunday from noon to 1:30pm EST and they have an array of topics they talk about. Nothing is left out and I urge you to follow them on Twitter and like their Facebook page! Will you do that for me, please? If anything, tune into their show and listen. It’s really good stuff! And here’s the link where you can listen to me yap about my charity! Fast forward to about the 24:00 minute mark if you want to get right to it. But you should listen to the entire show.
This year I got another article written up on me from Seattle Dog Spot! Like I mentioned before, Seattle Dog Spot is one of my favorite websites I follow. They too are on Twitter! Give them a follow, if you have the time. And here’s a screen shot of my second article:
I have to give a shout out to Robert Pregulman for doing this twice! These are great articles and if you want to read the entire thing, just click this link!
A good friend of mine (whom I intend to meet one day) wrote up a great blog entry on his blog the other day and included a few charities that others like me are involved in. These charities are great to support and if you have the time, you should definitely look into making a pledge or donating some small amount of cash. After all, it’s for a good cause. Check out this write-up about the four major charities currently running to help out kids and animals! And here is the screen shot:
Lasty, while I was at the Oakland Coliseum on April 9th, I was spotted by Major League baseball and interviewed by Alex Espinoza. He’s works with the Athletics on a new project they started this year called Cut4. They capture crazy things fans and baseball players do and put them up on a website. My interview didn’t exactly make the headlines (or the website for that matter) but I was pleased to offer my time and get an interview done! Here’s the video if you want to take a look:
Well, that’s about all I got for you, folks! Like I said, I appreciate all the articles, air-time and everything else involved in everyone supporting my charity! I can’t do it without you all, so just know that I sincerely appreciate what you’re doing, your time spent and your thoughts and donations!
Opening day is finally here! Or it was yesterday or last month…the bottom line is, baseball is back, baby!
Inter-league play. Always my favorite time of the year during baseball season. NOT. I’ve never been a fan of inter-league play. For a bunch of reasons. But for baseball it’s probably something that will never go away. Now they’re talking about moving divisions around, making the playoffs longer and all this other hoopla. Truth of the matter is, it’s all about money. Did you know that this weekend alone brought out 1.6 million fans across baseball to watch inter-league baseball? Crazy, huh? Some series I’d love to see though. Like the Subway series, the Battle of the Bay (which I’ve already seen this year) and the I-70 series. Other than that? I really don’t care to see the Indians play the Astros. It’s not something I have my heart set on.
This morning I had a photo-shoot with a guy from the Snohomish Tribune. I had to take all of my 170 plus baseballs down to my old high school and have me and them photographed together on the baseball field. It was kind of cool because that’s the very same field Adam Eaton played on in high school. He graduated in 1996 from Snohomish High school, which was my sophomore year. If you aren’t familiar with who Adam Eaton is well I will tell you. He graduated Snohomish High school in 97` posting an 0.67 ERA for the team and went on to play college ball for the University of Washington. He was drafted by the Phillies in the 96` draft but ended up making his Major League debut for the San Diego Padres, May 30th 2000. He played with them until the 2005 season when he was traded to the Texas Rangers. From there he bounced to the Phillies, Orioles, and the Rockies before finally becoming a free agent. A lot of Phillies fan speculate that Eaton almost cost them the World Series in 2008 and didn’t deserve a World Series ring.
Here are a few pictures of Doug trying to figure out a good shot for all my baseballs.
And here is Doug trying to set up all of my baseballs for a good picture. He was explaining how he wanted to leave all the baseballs in the original pyramid formation but block out the yellow box lid and the other brown colored box lid.
…and here’s a picture of him setting up my special baseballs. You know, like the one I caught from Mark McGwire, my 100th lifetime and my first ever baseball.
I don’t know if I’ll keep my Mark McGwire ball in the cube like that forever. Eventually, as I collect more baseballs from iconic players I may just put them in a special box or a multiple baseball holder and label each ball with the specific players that either hit it or tossed it to me. In any case I doubt I will ever get another baseball from Mark McGwire ever again. And I surely won’t ever get one hit to me by him. So it makes it very special that I got one from him. And if you want to read about how I got one from Big Mac you can just click right here.
After the photo-shoot was complete, I loaded all my baseballs up in my car, jetted home, unloaded all of my baseballs back upstairs, grabbed my stuff, and chased off towards Safeco Field. Since the Phillies were in town for inter-league play I had to get to the stadium early. Plus it was Ichiro replica jersey giveaway night. So the stadium was going to be packed. I was also waiting on my buddy Josh and his small entourage to arrive with the tickets. The gates opened up at 4:40pm and they arrived at 4:38pm. Moments to spare. (I truly appreciate the hustle, Josh!) Once I got my ticket, got my bag checked by security, I raced inside to the center field party deck. The place filled up so fast. Before I knew it I was elbow to elbow with hundreds of people. And to make matters worse David Aardsma tossed some dude a baseball, it bounced out of his hands, smacked off his face, bounced off the shoulder of his wife, and landed down in the gap behind the centerfield wall. Now I had to compete for a spot to get that baseball. I probably excused myself a hundred times trying to get in line with it to glove trick it out of there. Once I found it I got my glove ready, and started to lower it down. Just then…my string broke. My glove fell helplessly into the gap. “Now what?” Said a voice.
I found the nearest security guard and told him I had dropped my baseball glove into the gap. He told me he couldn’t help me right now because he was too busy guarding his post. I’d have to wait. And I did wait. Even though the outside temperature was only 71 degrees, it felt like I was roasting under a desert sun. I was literally stressed out. I wanted to just forget my glove and go home. But I’ve had that glove since I was like, 16. And I still had a chance to get that baseball. After 25 minutes of standing there, and making minimal, pathetic attends to get a baseball players attention to toss me a baseball, I caught up with a security guard that was way more friendlier and way better looking too. Her name is Kim, and she is always so helpful and nice at the stadium. I told her my problem but I added that I was trying to get an autograph and I dropped my glove, my ball, and my sharpie into the gap. She immediately started towards the gate to help me but her supervisor, Melinda,(an equally nice security guard) cut her off and told her she had to go guard something else. I then had to explain my problem to Melinda. And she was equally compassionate and understanding. So can you guess what happened next?
Isn’t that the best picture ever? That’s not the actual baseball from the gap. That is a baseball I brought from home for good luck. And in case you’re still waiting on official confirmation that I got the baseball from the gap, yes. I did get it. Melinda brought it up for me. I couldn’t thank her enough.
I was finally able to assist my buddy Josh in the left field bleachers but he pretty much had things under control. I was just hanging around in case he missed one, plus he’s great conversation. We jib-jab about baseball, and who we think will make the playoffs…you know, guy talk. Josh reeled in four baseballs in this one spot in the bleachers, and got Jaime Navarro to toss him his fifth.
That’s Josh waiting for another BP home run. If you want to check out his stats on www.mygameballs.com just click here. He’s a really cool guy and we got kind of ran out of that spot earlier than we wanted because after Josh had snagged number four a lot of kids started asking him to stand there.
Like I said. The stadium was absolutely crowded. Full to the brim. No where to stand and nowhere to really run for anything. Here are a couple of pictures to show you just how crowded it got.
The front rows were packed. There was no breaking in to get close enough for a toss-up so I just chalked it up as a loss and let inter-league play win this round. I felt that coming away with one baseball was pretty significant especially considering I lost valuable time when I dropped my glove in the gap. Here’s the severity of that incident too. You see…while I was standing there dinking around with security…another 35,000 people entered the baseball stadium in that time frame.
Batting practice ended and the only thing left to do was to get close enough to Kyle Kendrick to get some pictures. He had a ton of family at the ballpark, (he’s from Mount Vernon, WA) so everyone was trying to see him, and he was doing his best to obligue everyones’ requests for autographs and pictures. I helped out Josh get his picture with Kendrick and that was pretty much the end of all the excitement.
My seats were awesome. Right on the aisle in foul ball territory. Josh’s girlfriend, Ginny has a friend that hooked us all up with these great seats from her work. And sitting here nearly paid off too. It was around the 5th inning when a foul ball was hit our direction. I stood up, made my way down the aisle carefully, and moved into position to catch the ball. I was worried that it was going to hit the cable that strung along above us to help support the screen behind home plate so I adjusted a few feet to my right. Unfortunatly, the beer vendor was ducking for cover right where I needed to be. The ball landed two seats in and I was on the other side of the beer vendor. Had he not of been there? Easy catch.
Game; June 17th 2011 Philadelphia Phillies vs Seattle Mariners
Snagging Baseballs for Puppies has raised; $95.45 this season.
Snagging Baseballs for Relief in Japan has raised; $33.10 this