Sep 2, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr poses for photos with fans during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Royals ball boy botches fair ball, refuses to make further catches (Video)


At each Major League Baseball game you’ll find a person, young or old, on both sides of the foul line awaiting foul balls to come their way. It’s a bit of a courtesy to the outfielders so they don’t have to chase down every foul ball that finds itself bouncing around the unique angles of the foul line and outfield walls.

On the surface it seems like a relatively pain-free job. I mean, you either grab the ball if its foul or you let it go if its fair.

Of course, with things happening quickly and split second decisions needing to be made, the job isn’t as easy as it sounds on the surface – something a Kansas City Royals ball boy found out on Sunday afternoon.

With a line drive screaming down the first base line, the ball boy reached out and picked up the ground ball and presented it to a fan sitting near the field. Only problem? It was a fair ball.

The gaffe ended up in being a ground rule double for the visiting New York Yankees while the ball boy understandably was a bit upset and embarrassed.

His bad day wasn’t over though as just a bit later, another ground ball came his way and this time, it was a little difficult to tell if it went fair or foul.

Not wanting to risk another blunder the ball boy sat stapled to his stool and watched the ball roll by as fans clamored for it.

The announce team seemed to give him a bit of unneeded grief as clearly, he felt pretty bad.

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