In last nights ALDS Game 3, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor looked to break a scoreless tie and give the Tribe a lead. He took a Masahiro Tanaka offering deep to right field, just above the wall. Thankfully for the Yankees, right fielder Aaron Judge is six feet seven inches tall and was able to go over the wall and keep the ball in the ballpark to keep the game scoreless.
It's a good thing Aaron Judge is so tall.... WHAT A CATCH! https://t.co/SWn3cKBllL— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 9, 2017
The robbery kept the game scoreless, and proved to be a difference maker as the Yankees would win 1-0. Just beyond Judge’s mitt was the outstretched arm of a fan in a yellow t-shirt, an infamous ballhawk named Zack Hample. Hample is a collector who has “snagged” over 10,000 baseballs over the course of his lifetime, including Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000 hit a few years ago.
LMAOOO is that Zack Hample that Aaron Judge took the ball away from?? pic.twitter.com/hnrulepLU9— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) October 9, 2017
The internet reacted in celebratory fashion to the catch for a number of reasons. For one, it was a fantastic catch in a clutch situation. The other was the fact that it was Hample that was denied of a souvenir. Hample has drawn a lot of criticism over the years, largely due to the fact that he is a grown man catching baseballs in front of women and children. When it was noticed that Hample was the fan, twitter went wild.
BLESS YOU AARON JUDGE FOR ROBBING ZACK HAMPLE OF A BALL— Paul Boyé (@paul_boye) October 9, 2017
very few things unite twitter like zack hample getting wrecked— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) October 9, 2017
The icing on the cake was the Yankees Instagram story that was throwing shade directly at Hample. A large X was placed over him, with the caption Motion Denied also included in the image.
Yankees trolling Zack Hample so hard. Love it pic.twitter.com/WwqTAZRYsi— Cory Fallon (@Cbearr57) October 9, 2017
Hample will likely be in attendance for tonight’s ALDS game 4 at Yankee Stadium, begging players half his age for baseballs and roaming the outfield. Hopefully Judge can rob Hample more in the future, to see the memes and shade thrown his way.