It’s a job that a number of young boys would love to have. Hanging out with the players, sitting on the field during the game, and getting to wear a baseball uniform. That’s not all the Reading Phillies bat boys do on game days Ever wonder where the players get all that bubble gum and those sunflower seeds? The bat boys carry them out to the dugouts and the bullpens before every game. They also make sure that both teams have towels to use during the games. After the game is over and both teams have returned to their clubhouses, the bat boys clean up all the bats, helmets, towels and any other equipment that may have been left behind.
Once everything on the field is cleaned up, the bat boys make sure all of the players equipment is ready to go for the next day. If the team is heading out on a road trip, the bat boys help to pack up all the equipment and load it onto the team bus. Over the past two season, I have watched the bat boys pick up batting practice balls, chase batting practice home runs, pick up food for the players at different concessions stands, and clean off cleats after a long game in the rain.
They are almost like the unsung heroes of the baseball club. The fans rarely know their names, they don’t get to wear a number that everyone will remember, and they are never introduced on the field. While the team may know how much work the bat boys do, they are only 26 out of the thousands of people who visit the stadium every summer. I know that I never realized how much work is involved with being a bat boy, so I’m sure the majority of fans have no idea. Next time you are at a game, take a minute to notice the two young fans who are lucky enough to be seated on the field throughout the entirety of the game and know that they have certainly earned those seats next to the dugouts.