The New York Yankees pulled off one of the 2016 season's most miraculous ninth-inning comebacks Wednesday against the Texas Rangers. After entering the final frame down 7-3, the team stormed all the way back. Brian McCann's three-run homer to right field tied the game at 7-7, and Didi Gregorius won it with a walk-off blast just two batters later. All of this is even more impressive considering the Rangers had beaten them each of the prior two days, dropping the Yanks farther and farther behind the first-place Orioles.
Of course, not everyone could go home happy about all this. The Rangers and their fans certainly weren't thrilled. But neither was Zack Hample, the widely-known "ballhawk" who centers his life around catching baseballs in the stands. He had a chance at both homers and missed.
That man holding his own face in the bleachers? That was Hample.
Just a few minutes later, things got even better for the Yankees—and even worse for Hample.
Hample isn't necessarily a sympathetic figure, though. He's a 38-year-old who has caught over 9,000 baseballs at Major League games. He made headlines last summer when he caught Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit and initially refused to return it. (The Yankees eventually agreed to donate $150,000 to Pitch In for Baseball, a charity that provides baseball and softball equipment to underprivileged youth worldwide, so that Hample would give Rodriguez the ball.)
But no matter how you feel about Hample's lifestyle and priorities, his dedication is to be admired. He stayed for the entirety of Monday's series opener, which concluded at 2:44 Tuesday morning after a lengthy rain delay—and he's back at it this afternoon for the series finale.