Oh, Kansas City Royals ball boy, we feel for you.
In the fourth inning of Sunday’s Royals-Yankees game at Kauffman Stadium, a teenage-looking ballpark employee endured a ball boy’s worst nightmare.
The young chap interfered with the play, a big no-no:
Really, the kid did everything right — retrieved the ball cleanly, found a little boy in the stands, tossed the ball to him — aside from misjudging which side of the white line the ball was.
The YES commentator knew immediately what had happened, almost yelling “And the ball boy touches the ball! And he should not have!” as the incident unfolded on live TV.
The poor ball boy’s eyes widened as the realization of his screw-up grew. He sat on his stool, looking stone-faced.
The Brian Roberts hit, destined to be a single, was ruled a ground-rule double thanks to the gaffe.
In the fifth, when the ball was actually in foul territory, the ball boy’s lack of confidence was evident as he didn’t even get up from his chair. Nope, no redemption story here.
The broadcast suggested the ball boy was probably a “little gun shy” the second time around, which is fair, but can you blame him?