Saturday, April 05, 2008
In Memory of "Net Man"
Between my two jobs, I meet many unique individuals.
One of those guys was known as "net man."
If you have been to a Salt Lake Bees baseball game, you know who I'm talking about. There was a gentleman who sat on the front row down the first base line, between the dugout and the bullpen. He had a long net that he used to scoop up foul balls.
What most people didn't see is what happened to those balls.
He would turn around and give them to kids. He'd usually try to hand them to a kid who was behaving themselves.
His reward was the smile on their faces.
Not only did he attend most Bes home games, but would also travel to one or two road series a season.
His name was Dave Pratt, who worked as a civilian contractor at Hill AFB.
He died last weekend. He will be missed.