My name is Wayne Peck, and I want to share my unique story. After serving ten years in the United States Army I recently got out and enrolled in Lake Washington Technical School. Not only do I have a passion for technical jobs but I have a passion for baseball. I have been in love with the sport since my first game at the Seattle Kingdome in 1989. I’ve watched and loved baseball ever since. During my 10 year career in the Army I was deprived of going to live baseball games and very rarely made it out to any stadium. In 2005 when I was home from a two week break from combat in Iraq, I visited Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and I told an usher that I was home from Iraq for two weeks. She came back with a baseball and told me it was from the Kansas City Royals bullpen. I couldn’t have been happier. Ever since then I have been on the pursuit of catching baseballs at any stadium I have visited. Since 2006, these are my statistics;
New Busch Stadium in St Louis MO; 47 baseballs
Safeco Field in Seattle WA; 47 baseballs
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City MO; 32 baseballs
Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati OH; 7 baseballs
U.S Cellular Field in Chicago IL; 6 baseballs
Oakland Coliseum in Oakland CA; 3 baseballs
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington TX; 1 baseball
AT&T Park in San Francisco CA; 4 baseballs
Coors Field in Denver CO; 2 baseballs
I have a total of 160 baseballs and in those 160 I have eight special baseballs that I have set aside. One baseball being my very first, and the next five are commemorative baseballs caught at various stadiums to commemorate different teams special occasions like the New York Mets inaugural season at Citi Field. They used a special baseball for that season and I ended up catching one of the bat of Jose Reyes at Busch Stadium in 2009. The next two are special because one is my 100th baseball and the other one is a baseball that I played catch with Kevin Kouzmanoff of the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field April 2011.
This year, since I catch a lot of baseballs, I wanted to put my awesome snagging abilities to good use. So I contacted the Seattle-King Co. Humane Society and asked them if I could get involved somehow. I presented the idea of finding people to pledge an amount of money per baseball that I catch. For instance, people can pledge .01 cent or .10 cents a baseball that I catch and at the end of the year I will tally up all my baseballs, give a final count, and then contact those people that have pledged with the number of baseballs that I have caught throughout the season. I have also contacted the Snohomish Washington Red Cross chapter and did the same thing with them. So far I have received over $30 dollars in pledges this year.
Here are some creditable websites that track my progress and my websites for my charity projects.
http://www.mygameballs.com/baseballdata?db=WayneBusch This is a website created by Alan Schuster which allows fans of the game to track every baseball they have ever catught at a baseball game and explain how they caught it.
www.stock350i.mlblogs.com/ This is my official MLB-Blog that allows me to blog about every single game I have been to and how I catch all the baseballs that I do. Plus other various baseball related stuff.
http://www.crowdrise.com/SnaggingBaseballsforPuppies/fundraiser/WaynePeck This is my official charity project website for the Seattle-King Co. Humane Society. Here you can learn more about the charity, how it works, and where I’ll be next! Its very exciting!
http://www.crowdrise.com/SnaggingBaseballsforReliefinJa/fundraiser/WaynePeck This is the other official charity project website for the Snohomish Red Cross chapter. All the donations from this charity are helping those in Japan that need relief.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wayne-Peck/111399878936587 This is my official Facebook page that allows friends, family and other people to get an inside look on what I think is important that’s happening around the MLB. Plus I post my blogs here and other various baseball related cool stuff from time to time.
http://twitter.com/#!/MLBwayneMLB And here is my Twitter account!
I know reading all of this and checking out the websites is like drinking water from a fire hose but its well worth the time. Baseball has been my life for years and I love the sport, I love the fans, I love the players in good times and bad. Baseball is Americas favorite past time and I am very grateful to be a fan of this awesome sport.
I also think these charities are important to get some recognition so as many people can hear about them as possible. If you have any ideas for a news story with all of this information I would love to hear back from you and I will do everything in my power to help out with whatever needs to be done to make the story happen. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and I hope you have a great year!