Perhaps a little more training is required when Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, in this case the Philadelphia Phillies, use someone like a Hooters Girl as a stand-in for their regular ballgirl.
As can be seen (and heard) in the video, Priscilla, the Hooters blond, after stopping the ball with her glove, casually picks it up and looks for a deserving fan to present the ball to. She does find a young boy and only after tossing him the ball and turning to walk back to her chair does she realize her gaffe – the ball was live and in play.
Up comes the mitt to hide her face.
Too late. Millions have already watched and re-watched the short episode.
Generally, the women who shag Philadelphia baseballs are athletes who have played competitive softball, while others have been or are physical therapists or engineers. However, all of them, prior to donning their team uniform, are tested on their on-field ability, interpersonal skills and their knowledge of baseball.
They are the Phillies Ballgirls squad, a community service arm of the MLB team, making more than 150 appearances as ambassadors for the team.
Priscilla, a Hooters employee and calendar poser, may or may not have been able to pass the test but, to be fair, there are times when a ball careens into territory beyond the first or third base line that many are not sure is fair and in play or a foul.
As well, this was only a spring training game and didn’t really have an impact on the season, other than providing some light-hearted humor.
And it is possible, though this is pure speculation at this point as it has not been researched, that Hooters paid the Phillies (or MLB) to have their attractive tank-topped, hot-pants lady parade their logo in front of a national television audience.
Over For Now.
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