Athletics ballboy heroically risks clean uniform to save his bullpen with a diving stop
A's ballboy saves his bullpen with diving stop
It's a trope as old as the action movie itself -- when things are their darkest, the protagonist nobly gives himself up, sacrificing one to save many. History echoes with their names: Clint Eastwood. Commissioner Gordon. Apu.
To this illustrious list of the brave, we can now add this ballboy from Saturday's Rays-Athletics game. With a ground ball bearing down on the Oakland bullpen, there was little time to react, and our intrepid hero did the only thing he could to uphold his oath:
For his unflinching valor in the face of grave danger/a whole bunch of dirt stains, he was rewarded with fist bumps from the entire A's pitching staff, as well as the gratitude of an entire nation.