An Interview With The Man Who Caught A-Rod’s 3000th Hit, Zack Hample
The Next Generation of Yankees
Patrick Hennessy: With the recent Baby Bomber movement and the influx of young talent to the big league roster, what is your opinion on the new look Yankees as opposed to the former veteran filled club?
Zack Hample: I think that the team is gonna be just as exciting to watch but in a different way. It used to be that the old guys were the draw but then when the old guys stopped performing then the team stopped playing as well. Now you have all these young guys who are really amazing. I mean Aaron Judge, yea he struck out a lot and his batting average wasn’t great, but I don’t even know if Mike Trout hit above .200 in his rookie season.
I think Judge is gonna be amazing, Gary Sanchez looks like the real deal, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take a step back in 2017… he hit like 20 home runs in a third of a season this year, it’s possible that he plays a full season and only hits about 24. We’ll see but these guys are legit and their gonna have good long careers and other players coming up too, a lot of prospects.
I think the Yankees are actually gonna be a dominant team in a few years because you have this amazing young talent that they’re really not gonna be paying much for. These guys are gonna be earning the league minimum for a few years or at least not earning multi-year multi-million dollar contracts.
I think you’re going to see really an amazing combo of young talent and then they’ll still probably bring in some established superstar players. So I think there are great times ahead for the Yankees. I think we are going to see a Yankees/Cubs World Series in a few years…
Patrick Hennessy: Wow, that’s a bold prediction…
Zack Hample: Yep, I think it’s gonna happen
Patrick Hennessy: If you could pick any player past or present to sit down and watch a game with, who would they be?
Zack Hample: I guess the obvious answer is probably Babe Ruth, because he’s so iconic and transcends baseball and was the greatest player of time without a doubt when you consider that not only was he the best or one of the best hitters of all time but he was also a dominant pitcher so there is absolutely no doubt that he was the best baseball player ever.
He just had a larger than life personality and it seems like he would have been a riot to hang out with. So from a baseball standpoint and just keeping you on your toes and making you laugh , Babe Ruth would be awesome to hang out with.