Where Portugal and Wales failed to actualize their best selves during yesterday’s bland Euro semifinal, this enterprising teen ball boy put together a performance for the ages, one every subsequent ball boy will aspire to replicate.
For some teams, ball boy is simply a ceremonial position, filled by whichever warm body. But the Minnesota Twins apparently employ real go-getters, and this athletic young buck took very seriously his role of protecting the fans down the first base line.
Venus Williams was just starting out her opening-round victory over CoCo Vandeweghe in Rome at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, when this here ballboy took a dive and fell straight on his face after apparently overheating. Our man will presumably live to ballboy another day after his friends carried him to a shady…
A ball boy at the Barcelona Open experienced the hazards of his occupation while running back to his spot. The poor kid tripped into the court wall during today’s match between Teymuraz Gabashvili and Nicolas Almagro.
“We must protect the integrity of the game!” Here’s a Bears fan who grabs a kickoff that went past the end zone and tries to do his best Devin Hester impression. Roger Goodell has mustered a death squad.
Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was relaxing in the bullpen over the weekend series with the Rays, so he started a competition with one of the Tampa Bay ballboys to see who could wrangle more foul balls. The ballboy won two out of three, but Guthrie hustled in Sunday’s game.
Salutations, my savages. What we have here is a match between Wycombe and Dag & Red in England’s League Two. It finished 1-1, and appeared to have been a hard-fought, good and fun contest between two bad and earnest teams. But that’s not why we have gathered around this blog on this wonderful day.
Eric Kester may be the only guy who's come out ahead from Ballghazi so far.
It might not be the best sign for Arkansas's football season when the opponent's ball boy has a better chance of catching Auburn's Melvin Ray on his 49-yard touchdown jaunt than any Razorback defender. But look at the wheels on that kid!
Look at that face. That's the face of a kid dealing with screwing up on TV during an MLB game. Today, Royals Ball Boy scooped up Brian Roberts's fair ball, unwittingly turning the play into a ground-rule double for the Yankees. Thankfully, the tale of Royals Ball Boy doesn't end there.
A true-life story of failure, doubt, and redemption played out in the Rays' bullpen, as ball boy R.J. Boggs turned boos into a standing ovation midway through last night's game at Tropicana Field.
As the announcers watched the replay of this, one of them said, "You've got to have some skills to be a ballboy." So what skills are required of the ballboys (or ballgirls!) who work along the foul lines? Let's list 'em:
Poor little Australian fella working the sidelines at a Queensland State game turned in a valiant attempt to catch a soccer ball rebounding off a wall behind the goal. He failed to do so.
After yesterday's Lakers/Celtics game, both Yahoo's Marc Spears and ESPN's J.A. Adande Tweeted that when asked for his autograph, KG told a Lakers ball boy "you've got a better chance of catching Bin Laden." The Tweets were promptly deleted. Conspiracy?