Altogether over 1,000 current and former professional ballplayers were interviewed for Haunted Baseball and Field of Screams. Along the way, hundreds of current and former MLB players (including Jim Thome, Derek Jeter, Jason Varitek, Alex Rodriguez, C. C. Sabathia, Evan Longoria, Barry Bonds, Omar Vizquel, Chipper Jones, Mike Piazza, Michael Young, Roy Halladay, Rickey Henderson, Paul Konerko, Derrek Lee, Tim Lincecum, David Wright and many others) share their perspectives and experiences, both amusing and mysterious. With a wealth of anecdotes that have never before been told, the authors present an entertaining and eerie look at our national pastime.
Selected quotes from Haunted Baseball & Field of Screams:
Mike Piazza: "I think that there was definitely an energy there."
Todd Jones: "They say it's haunted. I've heard that the walls breathe in and out."
John Frascatore: "You would hear the screams coming from the rooms, the pounding on the doors and walls."
Terry Adams: "Balls go into the vines [at Wrigley Field] and days later, no balls. It's weird -- they just disappear."
Kent Mercker: "The clubhouse guy was cleaning up one night and all the chairs moved on their own."
CC Sabathia: "The elevator door opens up and a gust of wind goes past us. I had chills."
Troy Glaus: "They said that they built the stadium on old Indian burial grounds. That's why a lot of bad things happened."
Bronson Arroyo: “When you’re alone in there and taking a nap in the afternoon, you know there’s just the picture on the wall of him [Clemente] sitting there, it gets a little creepy.”
Rickey Henderson : "The ghosts take over on who is going to win the ball game."
Mike Gallego: “When you were walking down to the old batting cages in the back, you always felt that.”
Alex Rodriguez: “I believe it as a home player and I believed it as a visiting player. I think Yankee Stadium has one of the greatest home field advantages in all of sports. You just feel like the ghosts of Yankee Stadium are overlooking the guys in the pinstripes.”
Jason Giambi: “Everybody laughs about it and jokes about it, but I’ve seen some weird things happen there.”
Omar Vizquel: "So you wonder is that a message from Jimmy Warfield, or if that was Jimmy Warfield's ghost walking around."
Michael Young: "My roommate wakes me up in the middle of the night and says he saw a ghost above him."
Jay Gibbons: “I haven’t turned the lights off since at that hotel.”
Buck Showalter: "I would hear noises in Yankee Stadium when I slept there, and I figured it was the Babe. And if it was 2 A.M., I figured he was just getting in."
Chipper Jones: "I don't know if it's Babe, Lou, or whoever. But it's not Derek Jeter coming to bat, but somebody else."
Ellis Burks: "I just saw a woman walk across my room. And I'm not tripping. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I'm not imagining this."
Adrian Beltre: "Some crazy [woman] wanted to kill me. I was scared. Real scared."
Gary Sheffield: "I heard the knocking and I'm a heavy sleeper."
Roy Halladay: ”I don’t know what it was, but I called the front desk to change rooms.”
Luke Allen: “I’m convinced I saw what I saw. I was awake. I was conscious. I know I saw a moving shadow.”
John Shelby: “So my eyes are wide open now. I’m laying there. It’s dark. And now I’m real focused. I try to convince myself I'm just hearing things. And the next thing I know,
I hear it again! And it’s right by my ear!”
Jose Santiago: “When you get into that place, when you see that place, you get scared. Because it has, like, angels on the walls.”
Chad Harville: “Everybody was talking about it. Everybody said, ‘Watch
out for the ghosts!’ You hear the stories before you go.”
Luis Figueroa: “We grabbed our knives and went under the covers, because they’re ghosts and they can be inside the covers, too.”
Coco Crisp: “That whole night I was wide-eyed.”
Trent Durrington: “I’m positive I saw something. To this day, I still say it was a ghost.”
Matt Treanor: “I would do any type of test, like a polygraph or anything, to verify my story.”
Garry Templeton: “It was the weirdest thing I ever encountered. The ball never came down.”
Ernie Rousseau: “It was a fair ball that was never found, and it was not over the outfielder’s head. That I can swear to God.”
Alex Rios: “One night I heard some noises and somebody was knocking on my door in the middle of the night and I got scared.”
Billy Wagner: “In the night, you would hear the old bellman coming by your room and turn the lights on and stuff. ... And the lights would flicker on. I got no sleep for three days. None.”
Jeff Weaver: "It seemed like the ghosts of Tiger Stadium were with us... It sent chills down our spine."
Greg Underwood, Tiger Stadium security guard: “I was doing rounds at one o’clock in the morning, walking down a hallway by the Tigers locker room. At the end of the hallway is the groundskeeper’s room. And I saw some kind of orb come out of that room. I was walking toward it and it kept moving toward me—this strange ball of light.”
Ramon Verduzco, former vendor at Dodger Stadium: "I saw it quite a few times in my twenty years working at [Dodger Stadium]. One time I actually brought a laser pointer that I used as part of my selling tools in my stand, and I pointed it at it to see what the hell it was, and it didn't disappear. It pretty much hovered around the field."
Robert Fick: “I have a picture of me running around second base and there’s a light shining down on my helmet.”
Delwyn Young: "You can feel something--you know, like somebody's standing behind you and you turn around? Like you're being watched. There's eyes in the cage always."
Ernie Young: “There was a hand over my mouth. I couldn’t scream, I couldn’t
yell or anything. There was nothing I could do about it.”
Dane Sardinha: “I woke up and saw someone sitting at the end of my bed,
facing the other way.”
J. D. Durbin: “I turned my head and saw a guy in green-and-white striped long-sleeved shirt, spiky blondish hair, laying on his back on the bed with his elbow by my face.”
Jeff Liefer: “He was walking real morbidly—sinisterly. He looked kind of like what you would imagine a ghost would look like.”
Charlie Vascellaro, Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum Docent: “That’s the Babe’s ghost shining recognition on these construction guys. He’s saying, ‘Look at these guys who died building this ballpark.’ ”
Jeff Bennett: “There’s no doubt I saw her. There are several people who
have seen things like that there.”
Pat Hagerty, Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Equipment Manager: “Nobody will stay in that room. None of the Latin kids, for sure. Because they are scared of ghosts—honestly.”
J Burkhart, Rochester NY paranormal investigator: “I think my favorite was the disembodied head that’s floating out of one of the dugouts.”
Ben Blake, baseball memorabilia collector: “In some of the photos, the eyes followed you.”
Angel Miranda: “They hear a lot of horses in a tunnel underneath the hotel and see blood."
Milton Bradley: “I’m not one of those guys that believes in all kinds of little stuff. But that bird, something about that bird.”
Carlos Pena: “We always knew it was haunted. Just getting there, the front desk, everything just seemed like out of those horror movies."
Ron Davis: “We went in and there was nothing burnt, there was nothing charred. No one could figure out anything.”
Rob Mackowiak: “I don’t think I want to play with anybody’s ashes out there.”
Jim Thome: "Whether that was coincidence or not, that was cool."
Troy Percival: "You walk out of the [clubhouse] and lights would be on when you came back in, and you were the only one there."
Johnny Damon: "I was awake and I was trying to move and I just couldn't. I passed the time thinking, 'A ghost is holding me down.'"
Coco Crisp: "That whole night I was wide-eyed."
Partial List of Player & Manager/Coach Interviews
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd
Dave "Boo" Ferriss
Luis C. Garcia
Adrian "Smokey" Garrett
Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Sr.
Gary Matthews, Jr.
Pete Rose Jr.
Jermaine Van Buren
Baseball keeps the spirit of the past alive...in more ways than one. Just about every clubhouse buzzes with stories of ghosts, curses, legends, superstitions and eerie events. Fans, too, have developed their own folklore about their favorite teams and players. Until now, these stories have never been collected.
"Haunted Baseball" explores this entertaining area of baseball mythology. A collection of "otherworldly" stories gathered from players, stadium personnel, umpires, front-office folks, and fans, "Haunted Baseball" explores the sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant, sometimes spooky connection between baseball and the paranormal. From haunted hotels to clubhouse poltergeists to departed Hall-of-Famers who don't know the game is over, "Haunted Baseball" is full of fun, quirky stories that will please skeptics and believers alike.
Field of Screams
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