Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

I always wanted to be a bat boy of a Major League Baseball team growing up. It just seemed way cool to get to wear a team uniform and rub elbows with some of the most famous people around. Even though I grew up a Yankees fan in Detroit, I would have loved to sit next to Alan Trammel and Lou Whitaker at Michigan and Trumbull. I had a friend that got to do it for a game, and he said it was the greatest night of his life until Senior Prom. But I never looked into what it would take to be a bat boy. I figured the qualifications were pretty simple: 1. Give player bat 2. Pick up player’s bat 3. Put away player’s bat 4. Hold pitcher’s Vaseline. Seems pretty basic, right? I can’t imagine that there was much else to be concerned about. But oh how times have changed. According to the job description for the San Francisco Giants, not only does the bat boy have to fulfill those duties (Vaseline not included), they have to “Assist in obtaining autographs from visiting players that are requested from the Giants Community Fund.” and be “Proficient in Microsoft [...]

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  • Give me a break !!! It use to be if one player wanted another players autograph they would normally ask for it at batting practice or off the field on their own time. What is happening to this sport. Even before a game if a fan is there during batting practice & feels like he wants to give an autograph to a fan who ask he will. If not then the fan can get it when the player does a signing show !!

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