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After the World Series scandal, he was hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers in When the Dodgers lost the World Series to the Cleveland Indians , some suggested the four straight losses on the road were due to leaving Bennett behind. Batboys typically wear the same uniform design as their associated team. They will also usually wear a batting helmet to protect them from flying balls or bats. During any given major league game, both the home and visiting team batboys will be drawn from the city where the game is taking place batboys typically do not travel on the road with their team, unless they are relatives of a player.

Home batboys often have regular jobs with a team, and thus may wear their first names on their uniforms; visiting teams, on the other hand, usually do not know who will be serving as their batboys on the road, and thus will send uniforms of various sizes to accommodate batboys of varying heights and weights.

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A batboy may be provided his own number, but will usually wear 00 or 'BB' in its place. The batboy, Bobby Savoy, is a supporting character in the film, The Natural. At the finale, Bobby gives the main character, Roy Hobbs , a bat that he's made with Hobbs' help after Hobbs has broken his own personally made childhood bat. Two Warner Brothers cartoons , Porky's Baseball Broadcast and Baseball Bugs , feature sight-gags involving batboys who fly in on bat wings to deliver bats.

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The Batboy By: Mike Lupica

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About this title Audio Format. Unabridged Version. Those are the themes that can impact readers. There is a frank discussion of steroid use and why some athletes give in to the pressure and try to cheat by using drugs the book cites some real-life athletes such as Barry Bonds. This is a rather rare look at the shortcomings many celebrity role models have and provides a unique opportunity for parents and kids to discuss the issue. Add your rating See all 1 parent review. Add your rating See all 1 kid review. Fourteen-year-old Brian works hard to get his dream job -- batboy for his local big league baseball team.

He hopes the job will impress his dad, who is a former baseball star who now lives in Japan, and doesn't seem to care about Brian.

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That same summer, another former baseball star gets a second chance playing for the team, a player who had always been Brian's hero. Just like his dad, the hero doesn't want anything to do with Brian or his hero worship. Brian works hard all summer to become a better player himself, determined to help his summer team win some games and make his dad proud. Many detailed baseball games and practice sessions later, Brian's father comes back to town for a quick visit, but he hardly has time for Brian.

Despite all these disappointments, Brian finds the help he gets from his friends and other team members serves him well, and he plays it forward. He also learns there are many kinds of heroes. This is a timely exploration of why some athletes turn to steroids, how our society treats them when they get caught, and celebrity worship in general. Although the heavy description of baseball games and stats may bore kids who don't care about sports, it's a fast-paced sports story with believable characterizations of teen boys and driven athletes.

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And there's a complicated father-son relationship treated very realistically that will resonate with kids who have an absent or disappointing parental relationship. Brian grows to realize that his father's inability to be a good dad has nothing to do with what kind of son he is. As always with Mike Lupica' s sports stories, there's so much more happening off the field.

Families can talk about the pressures placed on athletes to cheat. Do they want more fans? More money? Short cuts? The book suggests that Barry Bonds felt he had to use steroids to keep up with other athletes who did.

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How do players counteract that belief? How do you feel when a celebrity you admire gets in trouble or arrested? Do they deserve a second chance? Do they have an excuse? Brian thought if he made his father proud of him, he might see him more. How do you think it would feel to have a parent treat you the way Brian's dad did? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

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