Everybody has a bad day at the office every now and then. Unfortunately for ball boys and ball girls around MLB, their bad days are often on display for rather large audiences to witness and ridicule.
Such was the case for the ball boy stationed along the left field line at Turner Field on Friday night, although unlike most of his peers, his blunder didn't really involve him interfering with play, but rather his awkward attempt to do just the opposite.
As we all know, the first real rule of being a good ball boy or ball girl is to avoid interfering with a live ball at all costs. There are several reasons this rule exists, the most notable of them being that any type of interference with play is universally frowned upon, to the point that fans who violate said rule are usually ejected from the stadium. Ball boys and girls are not punished to that degree because they're considered part of the stadium staff. However, their punishment often comes in the form of embarrassment, which may actually be worse.
To avoid such embarrassment, they are obviously advised to pay attention to the game at all times and be prepared to move at a moment's notice. If that involves jumping over the wall or climbing on top of their chair, so be it. Just don't touch that baseball and you're golden.
Well, our ball boy in Atlanta followed that advice perfectly, gathering up his chair to avoid Derek Norris' double that crossed over into foul territory. Unfortunately, despite his great effort, he still couldn't avoid embarrassment, as he ended up getting tangled in his chair and riding it like a stickhorse as the play developed around him.
It looked both awkward and potentially very uncomfortable. Fortunately, it appears he avoided taking that one step that could have really ruined his night.
He's had better moments, we're sure. And yes, both broadcasts made sure to show plenty of replays, so we're sure he was subjected to many reviews following the game among his family, friends and peers.
But at least he can proudly say that he never violated his job's most important rule.
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