Thanks to his sleight-of-hand skills, a young Texas Rangers fan had all the bases covered when it came to keeping a souvenir for himself and scoring some points with the ladies over the weekend.
Austin Chaney, 10, was sitting only a few rows from the field near the home dugout at the Rangers' home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night when Rangers third base coach Luis Rivera flipped a foul ball up to him.
Austin caught the ball in his glove, turned around and handed what looked like the ball from Rivera to a young blonde woman behind him, who grinned and swooned as her two friends smiled.
However, a second look at the replay showed that Austin already had a ball in his hand while he was catching the one Rivera flipped to him, and that he made a switcheroo — giving the woman the ball he was already holding.
The third base coach had previously flipped a few other foul balls into the stands earlier in the game, so Austin and his friend already had a few in their possession, the 10-year-old explained to a local TV station.
"I was told if I got another ball, I should give it to someone else, so I turned around,'' he told KHOU TV in Houston. "I thought I was going to give it to someone deep down there, and I saw her right in front of me and I gave it to her."