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The Padres’ ball girls flash some serious leather

Apr 2, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

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Sometimes the folks stationed down the lines — historically called “ball girls,” but I can’t say I’m a big fan of that name given that when they’re female they’re usually women, not girls — don’t have the best defensive chops. They get the job done as far as picking up the foul rollers, handing them to kids in the seats nearby and getting the heck out of the way on pop fouls on which fielders may have a play, but you don’t often see them catching the hot shots.

Well, two games into the season and we’ve seen two pretty sweet plays from the ball girls at Petco Park in San Diego. Here is the one from Opening Day:

And here is one from last night. Different Ball Person:

So far on the year they’re better than the Giants’ defense.

Now, that name. “Ball women?” That doesn’t sound great either. We need a new name.


  1. paperlions - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Padre’s ball girls flash…..oh.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM


      • paperlions - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM


      • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM


      • paperlions - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        Also, considering today’s 9th inning closer performance for the Tiger’s, I thought it would be an opportune time to point out that Joe is English for José.

        You’re welcome.

      • paperlions - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        Thought you would appreciate this. Here is a photo of Jenny Dell’s replacement as side-line reporter for NESN:

      • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Well, hello.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        You know, if they hired him in hopes of avoiding what happened previously, it would be hilarious if one of the players started dating this sideline reporter too.

  2. jm91rs - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Better than that Hooters Ball girl that picked up a fair ball and gave it to a fan last year.

    • yahmule - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Hell, I saw Larry Walker do that.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Actually, if it’s the play he’s known for, he caught a foul fly ball and thought it was the 3rd out. He gave it to a kid but then realized the base runner was behaving as if the inning was not over. LW had to get his gift back (being Canadian, he apologized) and got back in the game.

  3. thetoolsofignorance - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    I think its safe to say that I wouldn’t have caught either of those shots. The ladies showed good hands, reflexes and range. The lady in the first video probably saved a fan from a nasty injury too

  4. fleaman1381 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    First of all, nice catch. I wouldn’t have caught that. And how calm she was is awesome.

    Second, this title was slightly misleading. For a moment I thought I was on a web site I should not have been while at work…

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Ball retrieval engineer?

    It must be really tough to field a ball like that with a giant batting helmet on. I’m sure it wasn’t her choice and instead is due to insurance and liability concerns, but good lord it looks weird.

    Secondly, hope I’m not coming off misogynistic here, but did anyone else find it weird that a) there’s some grown man sitting next to her for some unknown reason, and b) he ran away when the ball was hit that way?

    • ptfu - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Red Jacket Guy sitting next to her is security, as in keep fans off the field, etc. He’s not necessarily looking for foul balls, that’s her job. Plus I doubt he had a glove on, so not much he could do with the foul aside from get out of the way.

  6. unclemosesgreen - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Umm – how about “Foul Ladies.”

    • thedoubleentandres - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      No good, thats what we call Jersey girls

  7. renaado - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    This catch was so remarkable that even our GMA sports news narrates this play as the top 10 list that made it.

  8. hep3 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Several years ago they had a slow game on the game of the week and the broadcaster was interviewing an older woman serving in that capacity in San Francisco. The woman had a microphone and when asked what term she liked she said, “Ball Babe.”

  9. yahmule - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    The Padres would be happy if Tommy Medica handles left field half that well.

  10. stlouis1baseball - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    “but I can’t say I’m a big fan of that name given that when they’re female they’re usually women, not girls.”

    Hahaha! Wow. That is so unlike you. I mean…who woulda’ thunk it?

  11. mikhelb - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    “Ball person” sounds even worse. In spanish we just call them “recoge bolas” or “recoge pelotas”, which translated is just “ball picker”; same with the “bat boy” we call ’em like that (in english) even if they’re boys, men or women. We usually use the same words to describe events in a game or fielders and pitches, except for the ball pickers and hitters, which we call batters, because we know their objective is to try and HIT the ball, but unless they hit it, they’re just batting…

    So, anyway my vote goes for: ball picker.

  12. biasedhomer - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Ball girl, bat boy… Craig making a big deal about nothing

    • realgone2 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      That’s how this hack gets page clicks.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        He’s such a hack and you keep coming back.

  13. jkcalhoun - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Not a suitable name for everyone, but these two are clearly Sisters of the Righteous Pick.

  14. dparker713 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Craig, your PC is showing.

  15. nolanwiffle - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Leather Tuscaderos.

  16. nolanwiffle - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Leather Tuscaderos.

  17. pixteca - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    When this happens it’s usually fun. Do they pick this girls because they play ball at school or something?

  18. jimmyt - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Ball girls are the best kind. Leave the name alone.

  19. zdravit - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Ball Skanks. Let us know when she flashes some serious cleavage.

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