On April 25, 2011, we posted a blog about how you can develop parkour skills in your gymnastics unit. Well, here’s video that shows a real-life way to apply those Spiderman-like parkour skills. The video show a ball girl at a Triple A baseball game against Fresno and Tacoma, showing up the outfielder by jumping up a wall to retrieve a foul ball.
I love the way she nonchalantly tosses the ball to outfielder, Jake Wall, then trots back to her chair, tipping her hat and calmly acknowledging the crowd. Here’s a video of the catch (my apologies for the background music, but this is the sharpest video I could find).
In fact, the catch really was made, as was the jump. However, the situation was staged. The footage was intended to be part of an advertisement for Gatorade and the video of the catch was clipped into real game footage. While the advertisement never received airplay, the video was posted on the internet where it became a sensation with millions of views.
Dick Moss, Editor,
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