Ray Negron's Playball Weekly Blog

Negron: A Message From One Batboy To Another

This week, I was reading about an incident that happened at Citi Field. Evidently in the game there was a pop up, and in the process of trying to get out of the way the batboy accidentally interfered with play.

Mets manager Terry Collins argued that it should have been an out. But didn’t get the call and was ejected. I heard that the batboy was very embarrassed and nervous for his job.

My advice to him one batboy to another. Don’t worry about it, that’s a part of the game. The Mets know that it wasn’t intentional and that you’re doing your best. Please continue to have fun and don’t walk on eggshells. Time goes too fast and this batboy job must be the greatest time of your life.

The same thing happened to me as a batboy for the Yankees and after the game the trainer Gene Monahan – a former batboy – and the manager Billy Martin came over to me knowing I was sick to my stomach and poked so much fun at me that we all just laughed. As Billy walked away, he said, “It better not happen again or you’re really gonna need Monahan.”

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