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The Phillies really need to get rid of the Hooters ballgirls in Clearwater

Mar 20, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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It was kind of funny when that Hooters ballgirl the Phillies (or the ballpark, I’m not sure which) employ for their spring training games picked up a live ball and gave it to a fan last week. But this is a bit much:

Whether the point of the ballgirl/ballboy/ballwhoever is to keep foul balls from ricocheting back onto the field or into the stands or whether the point is for them to be eye candy, it seems that they should, at the very least, not endanger players going after batted balls. This one clearly doesn’t know what in the heck is going on on the field and she and everyone else is lucky that a Yankees player didn’t break their leg after she failed to get the hell out of the way.

  1. benihanagt - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    overreact much?

    • geoknows - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      It’s not a overreaction. I would expect to be canned if I didn’t perform my job properly. If she doesn’t have a clue what she is doing, her ass shouldn’t be out there, no matter how gorgeous it is.

      • Old Gator - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        I disagree. One should be able to make allowances for a gorgeous ass under any circumstances.

      • ryanrockzzz - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Nah, it’s an overreaction. It’s Spring Training. lol

      • Marty McKee - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        You’re missing the point that her job *is* to look gorgeous. Since no ballgirl in baseball history has ever successfully fielded a ball hit her direction, mission accomplished.

      • Gamera the Brave - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        (Turns down recording of John Cage’s “4:33”) –
        Gator, wouldn’t you agree that this is simply a training issue? Could not these “gorgeous asses” (and the brains to which they are attached) be successful, given a bit more situation training?

        I just think we need to focus our attention on making this experiment work. It’s important.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Where does one apply for this training job, Gamera?

      • Gamera the Brave - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Sadly, I don’t think there’s enough time before Spring Training ends to get the intense, 24/7 training I have in mind going.

        By next year I hope to have a full-blown (sic) camp going, so that these under-trained but eager young women can get the personal attention and training they deserve.
        Will keep you apprised.

    • njbrian67 - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Troll much on the Phillies Craig?

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    The unfortunate young lady just wanted to get some autographed balls from Jeter, and forgot that she was in the way.

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      So you’re saying she was hoping for a gift basket?

  3. beanz33 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Funny, I was just saying that they should bring them up north with the team. Just train them better.

  4. seeinred87 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    The Phillies should just add a bunch of hazards to their park to go along with the Hooters girls. A nice deep pit in the middle of the infield, feral pigs roaming the outfield, electric fences. Possibly a moat somewhere on the basepaths. I feel like there should be fire somewhere too probably.

    • ajcardsfan - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      A ramp and a ring of fire on the third base line, players must jump through said ring on a mini-bike before scoring. This is a requirement even on home runs.

      • Old Gator - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Before scoring with the ball girl, you mean?

    • bravojawja - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Maybe a flagpole atop a really steep hill in center field.

      • gloccamorra - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Don’t get crazy here.

    • Gamera the Brave - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Dude, you had me at “feral pigs”.
      You caused a full-on Danny Thomas spit-take…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      A nice deep pit in the middle of the infield

      But they already traded for Michael Young…

  5. randygnyc - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Terrible play. Saw it yesterday. Besides the fact that the ball would’ve been caught, and the out recorded, the next pitch was hit in the seats for a home run. Even more importantly, every ball boy/girl should know to take her chair and evacuate the area so the players don’t get injured. After the play, she looked embarrassed, but I couldn’t tell by the look on her face if she had been told about moving out of the way. There was no “V8” moment.

    • Old Gator - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Be honest now – who would you rather watch screw up a crucial play – Steve Bartman or her?

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Bartman. But then again, there are few more enjoyable days in my life then game 6 and 7 in the NLCS of 03′. Magical year

      • Old Gator - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Agreed. Never knew having my heart in my throat could be so much fun. Must be an extension of the Deep Throat principle.

        Still and all, the way the question was structured, you need to read it as “Who would you rather watch interfering with Moyses Alou – Steve Bartman or her?” Bear in mind, before you answer this, the posture(s) she would have had to assume in order to effectuate the same result. There really is only one plausible answer.

  6. mungman69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    No harm here. Lots of teams have ball girls and there isn’t any problems.

    • Old Gator - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      “Isn’t any problems” suffers from subject-tense disagreement. The correct phrasing is “ain’t any problems.”

    • chadjones27 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      And most ball girls actually have to compete for their jobs. Some even include a skill portion to make sure they know the game and can catch something that comes their way. Having Hooters waitresses, although pretty as they may be, is a detriment to the play on the field. And their own safety.

      • Old Gator - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        “Some even include a skill portion.” Giggle.

  7. js20011041 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    There’s baseball being played in that video?

  8. garryfish - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    At least if he landed on her there would have been padding

    • Old Gator - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Those aren’t pads. They’re implants.

  9. icanspeel - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Most ball girls move out of the way in that situation.. One would guess she probably wasn’t hired for having any baseball knowledge.

    • Old Gator - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      My guess is that she was hired for having no knowledge of much of anything. Teams that rent blondes know what they’re getting.

  10. deathmonkey41 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Even if she gets fired, she’ll pick up her life and attach herself to a pole.

    • nukeladouche - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      A foul pole?

  11. spudchukar - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Not only should the Hooters ballgirls remain in Clearwater, they ought to be brought to Philadelphia, cause the Pheelie Phans are going to need some distractions from watching the pathetic team that will occupy the field for home games.

    Long about the 5th inning when the Nats are pounding the Pheelies into submission, and the Pheelie Nine has just committed 5th error of the game, pushing their league-leading total to unmatchable heights, a pretty girl with nice curves, will be welcome respite.

    • bravojawja - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Why would they need to import Hooters girls from Florida? Does Philadelphia not have its own Hooters girls? What kind of cultural backwater is that town?

      • spudchukar - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Obviously you have never been to Philadelphia.

  12. Jonny 5 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Well they employ real local softball playing girls as ball girls during the regular season. So this is a spring problem only. The extra entertainment is worth the risk from my house.

  13. johnfitzgerald1977 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Um… she wasn’t even wearing her glove…

    • unlost1 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      well that’s not safe

  14. louhudson23 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Get her off the field,please…

  15. unlost1 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    not sure why this is news but anyway here’s a quiz: what 2 words is she saying@ :19?

    • cur68 - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      I know, and its more than 2 words. She says “I’ll see you at eight”. I’m sure she was looking directly at me when she said it, too.

  16. jmcnick - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Really Craig, you have now lowered yourself to Ball Girl stories about the Phillies. Does it occur to you that the player in question is wearing a number that will never see Yankees Stadium(except for the Pinstripe Bowl)?

    • deepstblu - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      If the Yankees retire a few more numbers they may need to use the high ones.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      So it’s OK because the Yankees player who could’ve been injured is a minor leaguer? Tell me: is it OK for AAA players to break their legs due to the incompetence of the ballpark staff, or must a player be in AA or lower before we can safely ignore their injuries?

  17. schmedley69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    If the Phillies let them go the Braves should hire them to pickup beer cans from the field between innings.

  18. Minoring In Baseball - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I agree about getting rid of the Hooters girls. Hooters is so pase’ these days. Let them employ some girls from the Tilted Kilt or Twin Peaks, both much better than Hooters! I wouldn’t mind seeing more beautiful women at the ballpark, in any way, shape, or form…

  19. nbjays - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:59 AM

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