Ever dreamed of being a ballboy or ballgirl for a major league club? No? Oh. Um, well, you can, if you want. From the Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck:
The Orioles just announced this year’s
ballboy and ballgirl tryouts. The club will hold interviews on
March 6 at noon at the Warehouse for anyone 18 or older who wants to
spend the summer in an Orioles jersey, but making substantially less
than the $400,000 major league minimum salary.
One has to wonder what takes place in these ballboy and ballgirl “interviews.” Can you field a grounder? Able to identify the youngest kid in the first five rows? And can you toss that kid the ball? Good, now steer clear of balls in play. There are worse ways to spend a summer.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: