The Oakland Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers on Saturday night, moving their winning streak to three. But the most impressive play of the night wasn’t made by one of the A’s or even a Rangers player in defeat. No, the play of the day honors go to the ball boy who was in the Texas bullpen.
Adolis García came to the plate for the Rangers in the top of the eighth inning. He made good contact off of a pitch from Sam Moll but the ball went foul. The line drive went towards the Texas bullpen, where Jonathan Hernández was warming up. The ball likely would not have hit Hernández or the bullpen catcher but the A’s ball boy never let us find out. He left his feet to not only stop the ball from getting into the bullpen — but caught it in spectacular fashion.
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 24, 2022
The MLB world reached out to show its collective appreciation of the stellar play.
Give the kid a Gold Glove. pic.twitter.com/AdqrFc9nQh
— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) July 24, 2022
WHAT A PLAY 👏
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 24, 2022
Outstanding defensive play from the As ballboy pic.twitter.com/2EqWLcBe04
— CJ Fogler AKA Perc70 #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) July 24, 2022
The Giants could use the A’s ballboy as a late-inning defensive replacement. Probably should tbh pic.twitter.com/GITzPHnBg6
— Steve Berman (@BASportsGuy) July 24, 2022
— Baseball Today (@dailymlbtweets) July 24, 2022
Most underrated part of this play is when the ballboy opened the glove to show he’d caught it. Big-league! https://t.co/pFjXYFLdMe
— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) July 24, 2022
Indeed, as great as the catch was, the fact that the ball boy had the presence of mind to hold the glove up, showing that it was caught might have been even better.
[Oakland A’s on Twitter]