Cleveland Indians’ Bat Boys Don Snapchat Spectacles For A Game

Kansas Metropolis, MO – August 31, 2014 – Kauffman Stadium: Carlos Santana (forty one) of the Cleveland Indians throughout a daily season Sunday Night time Baseball recreation (Photograph by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Photographs)

Bat boys are a part of each MLB recreation, however what if followers could possibly be nearly transported to the baseball diamond, watch a recreation from their perspective by way of Snapchat Spectacles and see what it’s wish to be an arms size away from skilled athletes? It’s a state of affairs that the Cleveland Indians social workforce showcased on Tuesday night time in the course of the group’s 7-5 loss towards the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Now we’re on Snapchat,” remarked designated hitter/first baseman Carlos Santana as he grabbed Spectacles from one of many bat boys and appeared to placed on the eyeglasses, which wirelessly sends 10-second clips to customers’ accounts.

“We’ve got a pair totally different objectives for our Snap account, one among which is to offer our followers behind-the-scenes views of the sport day expertise, primarily stuff our viewers wouldn’t usually see,” stated Joel Hammond, Indians Assistant Director of Communications. “That may take many varieties; whereas the point of view of a bat boy isn’t technically “behind the scenes,” — it’s very a lot out within the open — that is likely one of the most original views a fan can have.”

Within the video posted to Twitter, one of many bat boys might be seen operating as much as the umpire in between pitches and handing him a brand new set of baseballs, with the umpire not acknowledging the bat boys’ new piece of hardware.

A second later, you obtain a primary-individual view of giving outfielder Daniel Robertson a excessive-5 after he scored a run. As well as, in the course of the 60-second clip, followers are capable of watch a couple of seconds of recreation motion as a bat boy shifts his head from aspect-to-aspect giving viewers a glance into the adjoining fan part behind house plate.

Hammond stated that he and his social colleagues have earned the belief of the Baseball Operations employees “in terms of doing enjoyable, cool stuff.” When he illustrated the thought of Spectacles to the group together with the why, when, what and the way, “people have been on board” with the artistic idea, one thing that wasn’t obtrusive to gamers.

Although he added that the content material “might be dangerous,” given the shut proximity to the gamers and being inside their area, Hammond defined that he had vetoing energy if something didn’t current the gamers or Indians group in a constructive mild.

“For occasion: you noticed James (one of many bat boys) seize Daniel Robertson coming again to the dugout after scoring, which was superior. Had Daniel, within the warmth of the second, occurred to swear or one thing, I in all probability wouldn’t have revealed that to our story,” Hammond stated.

When requested about what’s subsequent for Spectacles — which have additionally been creatively leveraged by different MLB organizations such because the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates — Hammond was tight-lipped, solely saying that “we now have a number of different issues up our sleeve that we haven’t seen too many different groups do, however I can’t give away the shock!”

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