"Ball-Dude" Fumbles a Grounder, Umpire Catches a Mask

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“Ball-Dude” Fumbles a Grounder, Umpire Catches a Mask

Baseball Is Fun

You know what they say, “You win some, you lose some.” On Monday night, one non-player on the field won one (an umpire) and another non-player lost one (a “ball-dude”).

Let’s take a look at an umpire, first, who caught Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon’s mask, after he tossed it up in the air looking for a pop-fly:

So nonchalant, so smooth, so cool: A+ work, right there. That umpire is undoubtedly the Fonzy of umpires. But not everyone has all the moves. Take, for example, the ball-boy (or, for age-related reasons, I’m guessing, the “ball-dude”) at the San Francisco Giants game, who biffed the ground ball you know he was waiting for all game:

That poor guy. Like I said, you just know that’s all he wanted while he was the ball-dude, for the Giants. I can just watch him, as the ball approaches, reliving his former Little League days, as the game-winning grounder rolls through his legs at short, just before he sees his name scheduled for right field the very next night. Don’t worry, kid, you’ll get ’em next time.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami