Famous ballhawk says a fan assaulted him at Yankee Stadium

Zack Hample with Alex Rodriguez after giving Rodriguez the ball from his 3,000th hit.

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Zack Hample, a baseball ballhawk who caught Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit ball on June 20 (a home run), claimed that a large "20-something-ish" man went rogue when Gonzalez, according to Hample, attempted to throw a ball his way during batting practice.

Hample posted his account of what unfolded on Twitter and shared photos of his neck, which appears to be lacerated and bruised:

The Yankees statement regarding the incident, as one would expect, offers a much more innocuous version of the confrontation:

A collector who also wrote "How to Snag Major League Baseballs," Hample later disputed the "no punches were thrown" characterization:

Hample didn’t say what he was attempting to eat for dinner. But maybe all is well that ends well, as Hample still managed to do what he does and catch a home run ball. Here he is with the Orioles’ Ryan Flaherty’s shot in the third inning, followed by video of the play.

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