Hooters ballgirl at Phillies spring training game catches fair ball, gives it to fan
After mistakenly fielding a fair ball and giving it to a fan, Hooters ballgirl Priscilla Daughtry felt embarrassed during a Phillies-Rays game at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater, Fla., on on Saturday, March 9, 2013. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer) (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)
By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
Posted: March 13, 2013
At Phillies spring training games, some fans' fancy lightly turns to thoughts of glove.
That can happen when foul ground is patrolled by Hooters girls, as has been the case for a few years at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Saturday, two remarkable things happened during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
First, a Hooters girl pretty cleanly fielded a sharp grounder.
Second, the ball wasn't foul.
"That was a fair ball, right over the bag . . . and the ballgirl, she knocked it down ... She has no idea that she has interfered with the play," coolly stated Tom McCarthy, the Phillies play-by-play man. ( View video below.)
As seen on a much-viewed video, the t-shirted blonde in Phillies-red shorts hands the ball to a young fan, then, hearing boos and feeling embarrassed, puts her glove over her face, then lowers it and laughs, as the Rays' Shelley Duncan gets awarded a ground-rule double.
"That's the second time that's happened this spring," McCarthy said. "That's a pretty clean play, though."
"Gotta give her credit, too. Second girl in six years to get glove on the ball," said commentator Gary Matthews, as McCarthy laughed.
TV's Inside Edition spoke with the ballgirl, identifying her as Priscilla Daughtry, a Hooters calendar poser.
"It was kind of hard to tell and it was coming right at me and I just got really anxious," she explained.
Daughtry works at the Original Hooters in Clearwater, Fla., and studied at the Regency Beauty Institute in Saint Louis Park, Minn., according to her Facebook page.
"She moved her feet well," Rays manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times afterward. "I thought she presented her hands to the ball very well also. The overall package was very, um, efficient."
Let's not confuse spring-training subs with the ballgirls employed for regular season games at Citizens Bank Park. Those Philadelphia-area women had to demonstrate hitting and fielding skills, because the squad plays charity softball games every summer.