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Boy at Texas Rangers game makes impressive (but tricky) play

Boy At Texas Rangers Game Makes Impressive Play

A young boy named Austin Chaney might have made the ultimate play of the day at a Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers game Saturday. Check out this trick he played to impress the woman behind him.


"He catches the baseball and then turns to the group of young ladies behind him and says, 'Ladies, would you like a ball?'"

How sweet, right? Except ... he didn't give the woman the game ball like she probably thought. He did the old switcheroo, and according to TXCN / WFAA, he kept the ball third-base coach Luis Rivera had tossed him earlier.

"I was told that if I got another ball, that I should give it to someone else. So, I turned around and I thought I was going to give it to someone deep down there, and then I saw her right in front of me and I gave it to her."

What a charmer. And Austin's move was one for the books.

It's been going viral, especially after a sports reporter named Melissa posted the play on Vine along with the message, "This kid is SMOOTH."

And a day later it was re-posted on Reddit, where commenters were very impressed.

Media outlets have been picking up the story, including SB Nation, which called it a "job well done."

"At least the recipient seems sufficiently impressed."

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tdiplaci May 19 2014 at 6:25 PM

Nice kid. He gave the first ball away like he was asked to. He could have been like a lot of kids and just kept both of them. Some of the smartass comments by the idiots on this page need to get lives.

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flysalot2 tdiplaci May 19 2014 at 6:30 PM

That little boy has more class in his little finger that the morons making the negative posts.

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Denny tdiplaci May 19 2014 at 6:32 PM

They DO have lives and they are right on because this is life today in 2014...kids stat watching porn at 11

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hanlon1212 Denny May 19 2014 at 6:39 PM

In your basement.

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micxaeli Denny May 19 2014 at 7:32 PM

Did you have to let go to write your ignorant post denny?

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caragman1 May 19 2014 at 5:19 PM

how about he kept his word. he was given a ball and "promised" to give a ball to someone else if he caught a ball. looks like he did just that, he could have kept both balls.

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proulx May 19 2014 at 4:33 PM

Aaaaarrrrggghh - Did she say Blue Jays VERSE Rangers? The word is VERSUS! And it sounded like EXspecially at 0:44. There's no "ex" in especially. Do they teach nothing in schools anymore? If you are paid to talk, learn the language.

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Megan hahaha!!!! proulx May 19 2014 at 4:43 PM

Damn, you probably got that girl fired. Good job.

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Fran proulx May 19 2014 at 4:47 PM

i agree its no wonder kids today feel its cooler to speak improper grammer

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Jack Fran May 19 2014 at 4:56 PM

My dear, it's "grammar".

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Jack Fran May 19 2014 at 4:58 PM

Also it is, "it's" not its!

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zewkeeper122 May 19 2014 at 5:05 PM

It is not the point of what ball he gave away!! He was thinking of making someone ,other than himself, happy!! Good Lord people...wake up!! Miserable people are NEVER satisfied!!

We are taught and told (though some of you missed that lesson early on in life) to do for others. That is exactly what he did!! Instead, you wretched people rather tear down a BOY because he didn't give away the right ball!!!

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mark1realtor May 19 2014 at 5:01 PM

The girl got a ball, she's happy, move along folks.

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sstanroberts May 19 2014 at 4:51 PM

Actually he didn't try to be deceitful at all.As he stated,someone said if he got another ball he should give one away,he just didn't give the one away that everyone thought he should.as stated in the article,the 3rd base umpire tossed him the first ball,and that's the one he decided not to keep.You got my thumbs up kid.Way to go.

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jwojchik May 19 2014 at 4:21 PM

Okay, I'm confused...was the young man being gallant or deceitful? Was he misleading the ladies into thinking they were receiving a game ball? Had he caught the "gifted" ball earlier in the game, or is a ball he brought with him to the game?

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Jack jwojchik May 19 2014 at 5:04 PM

Is there a Reading/Comprehension problem here? He kept the game ball and gave the girl a ball given to him by third base coach Luis Rivera.

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diananda May 19 2014 at 4:17 PM

I don't think much of his "play" .... why is the media acting like being deceptive is a "cool" thing? I'm NOT impressed!

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Doug May 19 2014 at 6:05 PM

The boy will grow up into a smooth ladies man. He will not have trouble getting dates, and will have the pick of the prettiest ladies.

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Kate Doug May 19 2014 at 7:00 PM

While I agree that it was a great move if you have an eye for the ladies, smile, I believe him when he says he turned around and they were right there. He's just a kid.

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stephen Doug May 20 2014 at 7:34 AM

In all reality, he will be put in the friends zone. If you want to get the pretty ladies, you pretend to give her the ball, take it back, and give it to her friend. She will want you forever, because the worst you treat em....

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Joseph George May 19 2014 at 5:05 PM

OK, playtime's over. Everyone back to Facebook and continue wasting your lives.

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Richard Joseph George May 19 2014 at 5:40 PM

Why do you have two first names and no last name?

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bambi4318.barbara Richard May 19 2014 at 6:35 PM

I know someone whose last name is George.

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