Claim: Video shows a ball girl making an amazing catch at a minor league baseball game.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2008]
Origins: The video clip linked above was purportedly taken during a minor league baseball game between the Fresno Grizzlies and the Tacoma Rainiers. When a Tacoma batter hits a foul drive into the left-field corner, a ball girl sprints down the line and, leaping and scaling the outfield wall, makes an amazing catch of the ball on the fly. She then casually tosses the ball to the stunned Fresno left-fielder and jogs back to her seat as if it were all no big deal, while the play-by-play announcer describes the event in breathless detail:
"We were not planning to release the ball girl video," [Gatorade spokeswoman Jill] Kinney said. "However, now that it's out there, we're thrilled with the response it's getting."
Kinney said Gatorade doesn't know who posted the video, and
There is no mention of Gatorade in the video, though there is a bottle by the chair where the ball girl sits near the end of the clip. And Gatorade has clearly become associated with it, to the company's delight.
The clip, produced by
As for how the ball girl (played by stuntwoman Phoenix Brown) made the spectacular catch that is the highlight of the video, she got a little help from rigs and Framestore CFC.
Smith and his crew shot the big catch right after the game they were shooting concluded, attaching the ball girl to wires and having two stunt men off to the side literally yanking her up the wall.
Last updated: 14 August 2015
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