The play of the day at a Major League Baseball game played earlier this week wasn't made by one of the ballplayers, but by a ball girl named Lisa.
MLB.com has posted a video entitled "Ballgirl makes nice grab". The clip shows a foul ball that was hit pretty hard up the first baseline and headed towards fans.
Suddenly, a ball girl, with the name "Lisa" etched on the back of her jersey, jumps up, leaning over the railing. She makes an amazing catch over the rail, eliminating any possibility of a fan being injured by the foul ball.
The catch was made at Petco Park in the ninth inning during the Padres-Rangers game on June 20.
The catch, however, isn't what's grabbing online attention so much as the game's announcers, Dick Enberg and Mark Gran. Legendary sports announcer Enberg is particularly singled out for his reaction to Lisa's (no last name give) catch.
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Screengrab of a foul ball catch made by Lisa, a ballgirl for the San Diego Padres
One of the duo shouts out "Nice" when Lisa catches the ball, but then Enberg, 77, had stumbled a bit over his words when he saw the catch, trying to make a joke? Enberg had said, "That's the catch of the day... I mean... the girl... caught the ball," then included a "hubba hubba".
Headlines such as WebProNews' "Padres Ball Girl Turns Announcers Into Stuttering Buffons", Deadspin's and "Lisa The Ball Girl Reduced The Padres’ Announcers To Puddles Of Goo", appeared, along with a mention on a site called Awfulannouncing.com.
Enberg has been announcing Padres' baseball since 2010.
The visiting Rangers topped the Padres 4-2.
The Padres are struggling this season, currently in last place, 17 games back in the NL West.
Maybe the team should consider recruiting Lisa for next year?