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Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:09 am
Edited on: March 2, 2012 10:20 am
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By C. Trent Rosecrans

This story has a Hollywood dateline, and that's only fitting. Francisco "Chico" Herrera's story could be the next great baseball movie.

On Thursday, Herrera had a tryout with the Dodgers. What's the hook? Herrera is a Dodgers batboy and he was "discovered" by Los Angeles pitcher Jon Garland, who recommended the shortstop from Valley College in North Hollywood.

"Jon Garland and I were playing catch in the outfield," Herrera told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. "He was hurting at the time, but he could still play catch and he's like, 'You really do have a good arm. When are you going to try out?'"

Garland told Herrera that he'd talk to assistant GM De Jon Watson and get him a tryout -- the only catch was that if Herrera signed, Garland wanted to be his agent.

"I thought he was kidding," Herrera told Shelburne.

Garland wasn't. Watson got in touch with Herrera and lined up his tryout. That tryout happened on Thursday. It's improbable that Herrera will get signed, but if he does? It could be one of the greatest baseball stories of all time, up there with former Devil Rays pitcher Jim Morris, who got a movie and stint in the big leagues out of his open tryout.

The 22-year-old Herrera has been a batboy the last four years and it's not just Garland who has noticed he has some legitimate baseball skills. Here's a catch he made last year while working:



Hat-tip: Big League Stew

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Comments

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:56 am
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

It would be pretty easy for the Dodgers to sign this kid to a minor league deal. Put him in the low minors, see what he can do and it would cost them very little. The publicity they would gain and the revenue streams this could generate through a movie deal would be very nice for a new owner. I say give the kid a shot and who knows, maybe Jon Garland has a future career as an agent after all this is done.



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:42 am
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

LOL I just busted out laughing at this post and my girlfriend is asking whats so funny



Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:29 pm
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

Het ...why not? Fits right into their recent hiring scheme. Because the man previously known as the Dodgers owner and prospective bidders are at an impass over who gets the parking lot, the current trend to go with mostly no-names and go cheep will no doubt be in place for most of the 2012 season. Next thing you know they will be giving the consessions workers tryouts and contracts....everybody knows those guys will work for peanuts.



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:12 pm
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

I heard the Red Sox are looking for a SS.




Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:35 pm
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

Ha, the guy at the end was left standing without receiving a high five. Guess the guy and the boy were in the moment.
Awesome catch, though. Try out, maybe he can raise the amount of fans at Dodger Stadium. 



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

Wasn't that movie called "The Waterboy?" 




Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

what a catch. LA should sign em ;)



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

Nice stop... but can he hit??
Good luck kid! This is a very cool once in a lifetime opportunity - and to be able to do professionally what you love to do?? Awesome.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

This would be fantastic to see come out of no where and possibly get a contract out of this I know its a long shot but isnt baseball the great Americn pastime where dreams do come true.



Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:34 am
 

Dodgers batboy gets big-league opportunity

Already looks like he is better defensively than most of the Dodgers starters!

They should sign him...it would be a PR stunt that would work out for a once great team!

Besides, the kid really looks like he is enjoying himself out there!    


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