8. Did you do your homework? For instance, Todd Hundley, when he was catching for the New York Mets, tossed Zack more balls than any other player. Zack says that Mets pitcher Rick Reed, on the other hand, "goes out of his way to keep me from getting balls." One time Reed even threw his glove at the ZackTrap just as it was fishing up a beauty.
9. How bad do you want it? Zack has hurtled railings, dived on cement and fallen onto the field from the stands. In stadiums, he measures the gap between the bottom of a seat back and the concrete to see if a ball will roll through or stop. He catalogs how and when he got every ball. (O.K., so he's a little sick.)
10. Are you ready to dance? When you get a ball, the camera will be on you, so your dance better be good. Zack has been known to do Cossack jumps, the swim, the Saturday Night Fever John Travolta, the Pulp Fiction Travolta and the Cabbage Patch. Once, Zack says, New York Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto saw him going mental after catching a ball and said, "You can take your seat now, son, it's just a baseball."
No, no, no! It's more than that! "It's being the 10th fielder," Zack says. "The ball goes from the pitcher's hand to the hitter's bat to my glove. You can feel the game in your hand, smell it, see the scuff marks. That's the thrill for me."
Now get out there and start snagging! (Just don't stand anywhere near Zack.)