A-Rod isn't the only one hitting on women in the standsOctober 17, 2012 @ 9:41 am (Updated: 12:14 pm - 10/17/12 )
The New York Post reports after being replaced in game one of the American League Championship Series, A-Rod openly flirted with a couple of young women sitting two rows behind the dugout while his team was fighting it out on the field. He then had a ball boy toss them a baseball with a note written on it asking for their numbers.
A witness tells the Post one of the girls wrote on the ball and threw it back to A-Rod, "who gave her a big smile."
"I was absolutely stunned that even . . . A-Rod would not be focusing on such a critical game, supporting his teammates, and was instead more interested in adding another couple of phone numbers to what must be a very, very large collection,'' one witness said.
While fans are aghast, Dori Monson Show producer Jake Skorheim isn't surprised. It turns out he was a ball boy for the Seattle SuperSonics as a teenager, and players often asked him to go in the stands during a game and hit on women for them.
"It wouldn't be uncommon at all for them to look up into the stands, and in a place like KeyArena where it's a lot closer in and it's very easy to see people especially in the 100 level, to see a pretty girl," says Jake. "And they would call us over and the players would come over and point the person out to you and then you'd run up and either deliver a note or like in A-Rod's case you would get their number."
Jake admits it was pretty uncomfortable. He stood out like a sore thumb going into the stands while hundreds of people around them watched his every move.
"It's not like you went behind some secret door and you magically appeared at their seat. I would walk up off of the court into the stands past the guard who would not allow people down onto the floor. I'd walk up into the stands, and nobody else is standing up because everybody else is watching the game," he says.
The players didn't make it any easier by only picking women on the aisle. Sometimes Jake would have to go into a row to talk to the target.
Jake says the players would try and pick women who weren't with a guy. And perhaps surprisingly, virtually every one of the dozen or so he was asked to approach gave him their phone number or agreed to meet. Only one time did he get rebuffed because it turned out the woman was with her husband.
Jake won't name any of the players, but he says even though it was awkward, he doesn't fault them.
"Where else are they going to meet girls?"
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