Sure, major league ballplayers are cool and all.
But the real heroes—who thanklessly spend their days sitting on ass-bruising stools to clean up foul ball-hitting players' messes—are the ladies and gentleman that make up baseball's ball girl and ball boy corps.
But on Sunday a Los Angeles Dodgers ball girl took heroism to another new level, stretching to protect three defensively huddling fans from a ripped foul ball that had an exit velocity approaching 109 mph.
With Los Angeles reliever Pedro Baez pitching in the eighth inning of an 11-3 Dodgers blowout of the Arizona Diamondbacks, utilityman Brandon Drury ripped a ball 108.7 mph down the third base line, where the ball girl played savior to the trio of unsuspecting fans.
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Los Angeles went on to win 14-3, staying two games behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
With Clayton Kershaw sidelined and little else in the way of starting pitching, that the Dodgers are in first in the NL's wild card race and staying tight with the Giants is nothing short of a miracle. Dodgers fans are hoping Kershaw can return in time to play the Dodgers ball girl to the above fan's face and save their season.