'Foul Ball Kid' explains chivalrous switcheroo

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by MARIE SAAVEDRA / WFAA

KING5.com

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 7:45 AM

CEDAR HILL — He's a North Texas charmer whose gift of a foul ball to the ladies behind him at Saturday night's Texas Rangers game went viral.

But Austin Chaney says he was just doing what he was told.

You may not know Austin from his play with the Grand Prairie Gamblers, but you may have seen his smooth moves at Globe Life Park. The clip shows him catching a ball, then — with a sleight of hand that would make Houdini proud — switches that ball with another he already had and presenting it to the young ladies who were sitting behind him.

The "foul ball kid" has drawn a lot of attention. He wasn't even safe at his own baseball game on Sunday. "The whole team was messing with me, like 'What’s up Hollywood?'" Austin said.

He said he went to Saturday night’s Rangers game with a teammate’s family, sitting in a prime spot near the field.

"We were getting a few foul balls, but mainly it was foul balls the third base coach caught and tossed them up," he said.

So Austin and his buddy had a stash of them already.

"I was told if I got another ball, I should give it to someone else, so I turned around... I thought I was going to give it to someone deep down there, and I saw her right in front of me and I gave it to her," he explained.

Their reaction? Well, clearly this kid’s got game.

"If they only knew him!" said his mom, Jenni Chaney. "He trips over the wind blowing!"

She may know the truth, but Austin’s playing it cool. He said the women were nice. And as for his new-found fame? He’s 10.

"I think it’s kind of weird," Austin said.

He’d rather get back to making plays on his Field of Dreams in Cedar Hill.

E-mail msaavedra@wfaa.com

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