Zack Hample: Hang Up and Listen on Jordan Spieth’s major win, the Women’s World Cup, and the fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th hit.

Is Homer-Catching Zack Hample a Populist Hero or a Ball-Hawking Menace?

Is Homer-Catching Zack Hample a Populist Hero or a Ball-Hawking Menace?

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June 22 2015 5:55 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Zack the Ball-Catching Maniac Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the U.S. Open, the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup, and the fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th hit.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Shane Ryan, author of Slaying the Tiger, to talk about Jordan Spieth’s win, Dustin Johnson’s missed putts, and golfers’ complaints about the course at the 2015 U.S. Open. They also discuss the United States’ chances in the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup. Finally, they interview Zack Hample, the “ball hawk” who caught Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Siege Gun:  

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Mike’s Siege Gun: A recent game between the Dodgers and Rangers ended in a rare walk-off balk and also raises questions about the protocol for running the bases backwards.

Stefan’s Siege Gun: Just like Max Scherzer, George Wiltse, nicknamed “Hooks,” came within one out of throwing a perfect game before hitting the 27th batter.

Josh’s Siege Gun: The local media needs to do a better job of reporting on NFL domestic violence cases, including allegations against Kevin Williams and Junior Galette.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the role of fans in choosing the baseball All-Star lineup. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Emma Zehner.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.