Even the ball boys are making great plays for Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays ball boy Lucas Lucchetta reacts after missing a diving catch on a foul line drive...

Toronto Blue Jays ball boy Lucas Lucchetta reacts after missing a diving catch on a foul line drive Friday against the Oakland Athletics. (MLB.com)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:02 PM ET

TORONTO - Hitting is contagious for your first-place Toronto Blue Jays.

So is fielding for your first-place Toronto Blue Jays.

First baseman Edwin Encarnacion has been diving, sliding and making over the shoulder catches in short right like a frisky Andres (Big Cat) Gallaraga.

Right fielder Jose Bautista’s arm is as strong as Ellis Valentine’s and as accurate as Jesse Barfield’s.

And something else is happening along the right-field line at the Rogers Centre for your first-place Blue Jays.

Down the line, not to be confused with the seniors patrolling foul ground in San Francisco or the Hooter’s girls at Philadelphia Phillies games, ball boy Lucas Lucchetta, 18, can be found sitting on his stool.

Lucchetta leapt to try to spear a foul liner by Oakland A’s Derek Norris on Friday and came down, head over heels on the other side of the blue wall landing in the aisle as the ball hit another fan.

“I was trying to protect the fans, to do my job, there are a lot of young people at the game,” Lucchetta said outside the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre.

When Marnie Starkman’s see-all cameras showed the replay on the Jumbotron fans cheered Lucchetta’s effort or gave him high fives.

Another part of his job is warming up right fielders between innings. When Oakland’s Josh Reddick came out he pretended to applaud Woodbridge’s Lucchetta, who plays midget for coach Pat Russo’s Trillium team in Vaughan.

“Torii Hunter is my favorite, he seems like a genuine guy,” Lucchetta said.

The door to the clubhouse opened and day-one employee Len Frejlich took a look, folded his arms and said “just saw you on Sportsnet and The Score highlights ... go ahead tell him your nickname.”

Turns out Lucchetta’s nickname is “Prime Time,” like Deion Sanders.


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