MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins might want to add their ball boy to the roster.
In the top of the fourth inning of Thursday’s game between the Twins and White Sox, Chicago shortstop Alexei Ramirez hooked a ball foul down the third-base line. A ball boy, seated in a stool and equipped with a glove, made a leaping catch to snag the line drive. While he landed hard on the warning track in foul ground, he hung on to the ball to complete the grab.
As it turns out, the ball boy has a name many Minnesota fans will recognize: Paul Neshek. He’s the younger brother of former Twins and current Oakland A’s pitcher Pat Neshek. The elder Neshek, who went to high school in Minnesota, pitched for the Twins from 2006-10 before the Padres claimed him off waivers in 2011.
The catch elicited a standing ovation from the Target Field crowd and was replayed on the video board. Minnesota has turned in a handful of highlight-reel catches this year, but the ball boy may have topped them all.
A few pitches later, Ramirez blooped a single into shallow center field. Unfortunately, Neshek wasn’t allowed to catch this one.