So you want a souvenir baseball?

Fresh back from a trip to spring training, our expert ball and autograph getter shares this advice.

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If you decide to go to the game early to watch batting practice and try to get a ball, there are a couple of things to remember:

1. The most important thing is to be polite.

Most of the time, you’re not going to get a ball off a homerun since it would have to land right where you are standing. So your best chance of getting a BP ball is if a player in the outfield gives it to you. That’s why its important to know how to ask. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten a ball because I said “please” and “thank you.” Your chance to get a ball sky-rockets when you are polite.

2. Location, Location, Location.

I have found the two best spots to be left- centerfield or the left field corner. Most hitters are right-handed, so this is their pull side. Left-centerfield is where the most balls are hit and usually where the most players stand. Players are given a limit on how many balls they can give out each night. The more players, the more balls. The left field corner is also great because: 1) It’s shallow, so more balls reach the wall and have a chance of being given out. 2) This is where the coaches and security guards stand. For whatever reason, these guys tend to be a bit nicer when handing out souvenirs.

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