The Minnesota Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon at Target Field by vanquishing their division bottom-feeding foes (although the Twinkies aren’t that much higher) by a score of 8-4.
But the play of the day unquestionably came courtesy of the Twins ball boy manning the position along the third base line, who made a stupefying, reaching and leaping grab during the fourth inning.
Leading off the top of the fourth, Alexei Ramirez hit a screaming liner into foul territory on an offering from Twins starter Scott Diamond.
As the ball bore down upon him and the fans seated behind whose safety was his charge, the ball boy sprung up, leaped and snagged the line-drive at the apex of his jump, coming down crashing to the dirt of foul territory.
But what adds a little more interest to the amazing play is the identity of this young man’s older brother.
Incredible grab, kid. But he’s not just some random kid. He’s the little brother of Pat Neshek, a Minnesota native currently pitching out of the bullpen for the Oakland Athletics. But the herky-jerky, sidearm-throwing Neshek spent his formative big league years as a member of the Twins organization, spending parts of four seasons with the big league club between 2006 and 2010.
Twins sideline reporter Jamie Hersch of Fox Sports North noted who the ball boy’s famous big brother was later during the broadcast and even big brother Pat tweeted out his amazement at how his little bro was being featured on ESPN:
No fricken way…my brother Paul is on ESPN for play of the night, holy cow what a catch, check it out. http://t.co/rlJthPEnml
— Pat Neshek (@PatNeshek) June 20, 2013
Well done, Paul. You’ve done the Neshek family proud.