Listen, you don’t make it to the big leagues without overachieving, hard work, dedication, passion for your craft, and taking a few lumps along the way. For those looking to become an Oakland Athletics’ ball boy one day, you’ve got a lot to live up to/you’re going to need to cover all of these proverbial bases and then some…

For example, back in 2010: this gentleman took a foul ball straight off the grill. Did that discourage him? Hell no. All it did was motivate him to do better. That’s the Oakland A’s ball boy culture.

Can you imagine how awesome this world would be if everyone had this type of work ethic?

Anyways, Oakland continues to be the Mecca of ball boy warriors who all appear they graduated valedictorian from Tom Emanski’s Baseball Training Academy.

In 2012: This Ozzie Smith clone was such a fielding beast, the A’s bullpen doesn’t even flinch when a frozen rope is headed directly for them — because they know this kid gonna eat it up like it’s a can of corn…

And finally: this weekend, Oakland’s left field ball boy made this heroic diving stop to not only corral the stray ball, but, saved his employer’s bullpen from harm’s way.

Once again: the bullpen pitchers don’t even flinch. I can’t get enough re: how the A’s expect their ball boys to make these plays. Friggin love this Darwinism that’s brewing in the bay.

In conclusion: the A’s are re-defining the term “farm system”. This is truly ‘Moneyball’ at its finest, grooming kids for the major leagues by protecting their superiors the same way a squire trains under a knight — make them be ball boys in their adolescent years/fight in the trenches with you so that when they’re all grown up, they’ll be steps ahead of the competition and the best in the world at their craft. Absolute Genius.