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(NPR)   Stan the batboy has spent 55 years on the field. A dusty field   (npr.org) divider line 43
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2013-05-14 08:38:40 PM
"We think, really, quite frankly, that athletics has kept Stan alive and going," says Winn.

And by his smile, he looks like the sweetest guy anyone could meet. Good luck to him.
 
2013-05-14 09:05:57 PM
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You've come a long way, Bat Boy
 
2013-05-14 09:06:25 PM
55 years? That's no batboy. He's the god damn Batman!
 
2013-05-14 09:06:41 PM
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2013-05-14 09:14:01 PM
I don't know what's up with my comprehension skills, but for some reason I read the headline as there was a boy who was raised by bats living in a field who had survived 55 years.

And then I did the ol' clickly click on the article.
 
2013-05-14 09:19:03 PM
I think a kid who looks like that was lucky to get a job at all!
 
2013-05-14 09:19:38 PM
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RIP BAT BOY
 
2013-05-14 09:22:08 PM
I note that the school has taken responsibility for his health and well-being.

In an era of massive tuition increases, huge administration pay raises, and the current Edifice Complex that every school is going through right now, it's good to see that they have money to spare to do the right thing on occasion.
 
2013-05-14 09:23:01 PM
Not sure how I feel about this. It's great, I guess, that he's working and has found himself a place in the hearts of the university. But as time goes on he's going to become a burden to the school as his health deteriorates. At the moment they are holding fundraisers to keep him in safe and clean quarters. What happens when those costs become too much to handle? The university has no responsibility to take care of him, and he'll be in a lot of trouble when his costs aren't covered by the trust left to him by his mother.

At this age and still spry and mobile, it might be a good idea to cut him loose before his situation becomes a major problem for the university.
 
2013-05-14 09:31:19 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Not sure how I feel about this. It's great, I guess, that he's working and has found himself a place in the hearts of the university. But as time goes on he's going to become a burden to the school as his health deteriorates. At the moment they are holding fundraisers to keep him in safe and clean quarters. What happens when those costs become too much to handle? The university has no responsibility to take care of him, and he'll be in a lot of trouble when his costs aren't covered by the trust left to him by his mother.

At this age and still spry and mobile, it might be a good idea to cut him loose before his situation becomes a major problem for the university.


9/10. You could've added some religious overtones, but p good.
 
2013-05-14 09:36:27 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Not sure how I feel about this. It's great, I guess, that he's working and has found himself a place in the hearts of the university. But as time goes on he's going to become a burden to the school as his health deteriorates. At the moment they are holding fundraisers to keep him in safe and clean quarters. What happens when those costs become too much to handle? The university has no responsibility to take care of him, and he'll be in a lot of trouble when his costs aren't covered by the trust left to him by his mother.

At this age and still spry and mobile, it might be a good idea to cut him loose before his situation becomes a major problem for the university.


1/10 as you got me to reply.

Years ago, in a former life, I was the manager of a McD's in Midtown Manhattan.  The owner/operator had the opportunity to move to a more modern restaurant and better location, (express and local stops on his corner.  The new restaurant was of a new (smaller, more efficient) design and as such, could only handle a crew a little more than 1/2 the size we had.

We had a manager's meeting to determine who goes and who stays on with the new owner.  I brought up that this was a fine opportunity to remove some of the slackers, problem folks, and people who'd just rather be elsewhere.

When we got to our "special" employee, everyone and I mean everyone was surprised to here me say, "he stays, he's family.  I don't know if this new owner will treat him right."

When everyone asked me why, who was so intent on removing under performers, I replied that our special employee, with his limited skills, worked his heart out and I couldn't be sure the new restaurant guy felt the same about giving "special" people a chance.

Sometimes, if you take care of the people, the money takes care of itself.
 
2013-05-14 09:37:13 PM

shArkh: 9/10. You could've added some religious overtones, but p good.


Not sure he's trolling. From his past posts he just might be that big of a dick.
 
2013-05-14 09:40:16 PM
I thought his career was over after the election.
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2013-05-14 09:41:26 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Not sure how I feel about this. It's great, I guess, that he's working and has found himself a place in the hearts of the university. But as time goes on he's going to become a burden to the school as his health deteriorates. At the moment they are holding fundraisers to keep him in safe and clean quarters. What happens when those costs become too much to handle? The university has no responsibility to take care of him, and he'll be in a lot of trouble when his costs aren't covered by the trust left to him by his mother.

At this age and still spry and mobile, it might be a good idea to cut him loose before his situation becomes a major problem for the university.


Good idea. He might find a job at TSA, it's generally a step up from university employment.
 
2013-05-14 09:44:30 PM
Batboy? I thought he was a caddy.
 
2013-05-14 09:51:57 PM
If only there were some sort of board, perhaps overseeing the funding of the university, that had the oversight to award this gentleman some kind of lifetime pension, a trust, as it were, in consideration of his long and honorable service.
 
2013-05-14 10:02:06 PM

Flash_NYC: AverageAmericanGuy: Not sure how I feel about this. It's great, I guess, that he's working and has found himself a place in the hearts of the university. But as time goes on he's going to become a burden to the school as his health deteriorates. At the moment they are holding fundraisers to keep him in safe and clean quarters. What happens when those costs become too much to handle? The university has no responsibility to take care of him, and he'll be in a lot of trouble when his costs aren't covered by the trust left to him by his mother.

At this age and still spry and mobile, it might be a good idea to cut him loose before his situation becomes a major problem for the university.

1/10 as you got me to reply.

Years ago, in a former life, I was the manager of a McD's in Midtown Manhattan.  The owner/operator had the opportunity to move to a more modern restaurant and better location, (express and local stops on his corner.  The new restaurant was of a new (smaller, more efficient) design and as such, could only handle a crew a little more than 1/2 the size we had.

We had a manager's meeting to determine who goes and who stays on with the new owner.  I brought up that this was a fine opportunity to remove some of the slackers, problem folks, and people who'd just rather be elsewhere.

When we got to our "special" employee, everyone and I mean everyone was surprised to here me say, "he stays, he's family.  I don't know if this new owner will treat him right."

When everyone asked me why, who was so intent on removing under performers, I replied that our special employee, with his limited skills, worked his heart out and I couldn't be sure the new restaurant guy felt the same about giving "special" people a chance.

Sometimes, if you take care of the people, the money takes care of itself.


You're a good person.
 
2013-05-14 10:06:57 PM
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2013-05-14 10:11:18 PM

Flash_NYC: AverageAmericanGuy: Not sure how I feel about this. It's great, I guess, that he's working and has found himself a place in the hearts of the university. But as time goes on he's going to become a burden to the school as his health deteriorates. At the moment they are holding fundraisers to keep him in safe and clean quarters. What happens when those costs become too much to handle? The university has no responsibility to take care of him, and he'll be in a lot of trouble when his costs aren't covered by the trust left to him by his mother.

At this age and still spry and mobile, it might be a good idea to cut him loose before his situation becomes a major problem for the university.

1/10 as you got me to reply.

Years ago, in a former life, I was the manager of a McD's in Midtown Manhattan.  The owner/operator had the opportunity to move to a more modern restaurant and better location, (express and local stops on his corner.  The new restaurant was of a new (smaller, more efficient) design and as such, could only handle a crew a little more than 1/2 the size we had.

We had a manager's meeting to determine who goes and who stays on with the new owner.  I brought up that this was a fine opportunity to remove some of the slackers, problem folks, and people who'd just rather be elsewhere.

When we got to our "special" employee, everyone and I mean everyone was surprised to here me say, "he stays, he's family.  I don't know if this new owner will treat him right."

When everyone asked me why, who was so intent on removing under performers, I replied that our special employee, with his limited skills, worked his heart out and I couldn't be sure the new restaurant guy felt the same about giving "special" people a chance.

Sometimes, if you take care of the people, the money takes care of itself.


i love you man. you're my Farker of the Day.
 
2013-05-14 10:21:56 PM
I bet he also provide the team with cold clean aqua refreshment.

/good for any man who lives his life happy where and how he chooses in fine fashion
 
2013-05-14 10:28:51 PM
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2013-05-14 10:50:10 PM
How the hell is he not eligible for disability income? I know farks who've never worked in their life that claim a mental disorder and collect something like $800 per month from SSDI (I think it is called, it may be SSI).
 
2013-05-14 11:02:20 PM
I had that job on a minor league for 2 and a half seasons. I loved it, until the 3rd year when I got fired for cussing out the groundskeeper.
 
2013-05-14 11:11:16 PM

UnspokenVoice: How the hell is he not eligible for disability income? I know farks who've never worked in their life that claim a mental disorder and collect something like $800 per month from SSDI (I think it is called, it may be SSI).


Maybe he does not want to be.
 
2013-05-14 11:13:07 PM

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Radio not impressed
 
2013-05-14 11:16:28 PM

UnspokenVoice: How the hell is he not eligible for disability income? I know farks who've never worked in their life that claim a mental disorder and collect something like $800 per month from SSDI (I think it is called, it may be SSI).


If he never worked and he's 84 years old he might not even have a SS number -  as far as the government is concerned he might be a non-person.
 
2013-05-14 11:18:58 PM
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Pick me out a winner, Bobby.

/god I love that movie
 
2013-05-14 11:24:09 PM
We had a special needs guy that was basically a cart boy at our local supermarket.  Always smiled, was happy to do any job.that was asked of him, the locals would tip him change/a dollar or two to help get their stuff to their cars.  He was there at least 10 years before I moved away.  I'm assuming/hoping he still works there.

His enthusiasm for his job was awesome, even if it was minimum wage.  I'm imagining this guy is the same way but has the 'love of the game' added into his job title.  It would be farking cruel as hell to take that away from this guy.

Good on you Memphis.
 
2013-05-14 11:24:15 PM

Gyrfalcon: UnspokenVoice: How the hell is he not eligible for disability income? I know farks who've never worked in their life that claim a mental disorder and collect something like $800 per month from SSDI (I think it is called, it may be SSI).

Maybe he does not want to be.


Something about a trust left from his mother.  SSA would pay him but, they'd take the trust. Plus since life expenses are covered at the ILF and meal pass for University Dining, that's all counted as income.
 
2013-05-14 11:36:40 PM
But there are growing concerns. Bronson has never collected a paycheck and is not eligible for Social Security, disability or Medicare. In 2012, Bronson's annual birthday party doubled as a fundraiser to offset future medical costs.

How is this possible? Is this true for all disabled people who never had jobs? Isn't this what we have a social safety net for? It's great to hear that the university is taking care of him, but boy am I sick of hearing about how people have to rely on charity to get by in this country.

Also, I miss Weekly World News so much.
 
2013-05-15 12:55:34 AM

Mister Buttons: We had a special needs guy that was basically a cart boy at our local supermarket.  Always smiled, was happy to do any job.that was asked of him, the locals would tip him change/a dollar or two to help get their stuff to their cars.  He was there at least 10 years before I moved away.  I'm assuming/hoping he still works there.

His enthusiasm for his job was awesome, even if it was minimum wage.  I'm imagining this guy is the same way but has the 'love of the game' added into his job title.  It would be farking cruel as hell to take that away from this guy.

Good on you Memphis.


I used to be a bartender, and had a late-teenager as my barback. He had Down syndrome and worked circles around some of my supposedly expert "mixologist" co-workers (it was an uppity bar) as they couldn't be deigned to mop a floor or clear some space for the deliveries coming in the morning.

Taking pride in your work is important, no matter what the work is. So this kid was always asking me for something to do. Eventually I started tipping him an extra 20-spot to do something that didn't even need to be done because he always wanted to work. Once I tipped him the extra $20 just to bring me a case of Miller Lite and some mint sprigs from the walk-in. Had I asked my dickfaced co-worker he'd have whined about it and shirked to the corner of the bar to call his girlfriends.

I never considered him "special needs." This dude was leagues above any of us in terms of work ethic, and entertained our customers with football trash-talk. One night there was an emergency and I had to leave the bar, asking him to just take cards for a tab or cash if they had exact change. Beer only, I said. I was only gone for about 3 minutes but I returned to a bar they were requesting him instead of me.

Like you, I wonder what happened to him, and hope that he's still rockin' the casbah lo these years later.
 
2013-05-15 01:28:30 AM
Maybe the school should have paid him so he could have paid into social security. Nice of the school to use him for 55 years without pay.
 
2013-05-15 01:30:46 AM
No PR thread? I again declare I will post this until we get a weekly MLB Power Ranking thread. We must rise against the oppressive modmins who refuse us what others are allowed!

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2013-05-15 02:37:46 AM
Nobody has blamed Obama yet?
 
2013-05-15 02:56:55 AM
OBAMA!!!
 
2013-05-15 03:09:46 AM

fusillade762: OBAMA!!!


NOW we can start the discussion.
 
2013-05-15 03:47:23 AM

Mister Buttons: We had a special needs guy that was basically a cart boy at our local supermarket.  Always smiled, was happy to do any job.that was asked of him, the locals would tip him change/a dollar or two to help get their stuff to their cars.  He was there at least 10 years before I moved away.  I'm assuming/hoping he still works there.

His enthusiasm for his job was awesome, even if it was minimum wage.  I'm imagining this guy is the same way but has the 'love of the game' added into his job title.  It would be farking cruel as hell to take that away from this guy.

Good on you Memphis.


We had/have a guy like that at my store.  Bill.  Really sweet, friendly guy.  He has some issues with his legs, so he couldn't push huge numbers of carts like the rest of the parcels, but he worked his ass off every day, and he loved helping customers load their cars.  His legs got worse though and he started falling a lot, so he had to quit.  He got some form of simple office job with Goodwill, and he still stops by the store frequently to chat.  I'm leaving my job there the end of next week, and I'm going to miss Bill.
 
2013-05-15 04:47:53 AM
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Dust Field or Dusty Springfield?
2.bp.blogspot.com

or just dusty field?

api.ning.com

/meh
//whatever
///the "dusty' meme deserves all the thread shiatting anyone can muster
 
2013-05-15 05:55:23 AM
My name is William... Bill for short
 
2013-05-15 07:33:56 AM

gund: Maybe the school should have paid him so he could have paid into social security. Nice of the school to use him for 55 years without pay.


After a few years or so they really should have just put him on the payroll. Even if they only paid him minimum wage the entire time, after 55 years on the job he'd have plenty to work with social security wise.
 
2013-05-15 08:57:16 AM

phrawgh: [www.boylancompanies.com image 225x275]
Dust Field or Dusty Springfield?
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 500x415]

or just dusty field?

[api.ning.com image 500x405]

/meh
//whatever
///the "dusty' meme deserves all the thread shiatting anyone can muster



None. Truth is, most of the dust is on the roads.

countingthelights.com
 
2013-05-15 11:10:03 AM

Flash_NYC: AverageAmericanGuy: Not sure how I feel about this. It's great, I guess, that he's working and has found himself a place in the hearts of the university. But as time goes on he's going to become a burden to the school as his health deteriorates. At the moment they are holding fundraisers to keep him in safe and clean quarters. What happens when those costs become too much to handle? The university has no responsibility to take care of him, and he'll be in a lot of trouble when his costs aren't covered by the trust left to him by his mother.

At this age and still spry and mobile, it might be a good idea to cut him loose before his situation becomes a major problem for the university.

1/10 as you got me to reply.

Years ago, in a former life, I was the manager of a McD's in Midtown Manhattan.  The owner/operator had the opportunity to move to a more modern restaurant and better location, (express and local stops on his corner.  The new restaurant was of a new (smaller, more efficient) design and as such, could only handle a crew a little more than 1/2 the size we had.

We had a manager's meeting to determine who goes and who stays on with the new owner.  I brought up that this was a fine opportunity to remove some of the slackers, problem folks, and people who'd just rather be elsewhere.

When we got to our "special" employee, everyone and I mean everyone was surprised to here me say, "he stays, he's family.  I don't know if this new owner will treat him right."

When everyone asked me why, who was so intent on removing under performers, I replied that our special employee, with his limited skills, worked his heart out and I couldn't be sure the new restaurant guy felt the same about giving "special" people a chance.

Sometimes, if you take care of the people, the money takes care of itself.



that is indeed....a cs, bro.  thanks for sharing that.  i sit on the board of special olympics here in Montana....and, as such, got a kick out of your reply.
 
2013-05-15 05:32:42 PM

dickfreckle: [2guystalkingmetsbaseball.com image 275x167]
Pick me out a winner, Bobby.

/god I love that movie



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Bat Boy: Get a hit Crash!
Crash: Shut up
 
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