The Giants Balldude/Balldudette Program was created more than 20 years ago as a unique way to involve fans in the on-field action. During each home game, the team designates two people to don Giants uniforms and field foul balls to hand to children in the crowd. As the first MLB team to use adults in this role, the program began as the "Senior Involvement Program" but now includes a broad range of folks, ages 21 and older.
As one might imagine, this is a very popular program, and the demand for spots simply outweighs the supply for our 83 homes games.
Many of the spots are filled by a core of men and women who regularly work several games per season - but we also add many "rookies" to the program each year. We feel it's important to have a set of "veteran" Balldudes since they have been through training and are known by Security, the Wardrobe Department, and Ballpark Operations. They have a clear understanding of their job as well as their boundaries. Because of safety and security factors, it works best to have a measure of consistency.
The rookies that are added to the program are obtained through three different methods: Balldude Camp, Giants Community Fund Charity Auctions, and Online Nominations.
The first "charitable way" to try to become a Balldude or Balldudette is by participating in one of the Giants Community Fund's special fundraising events called Balldude Camp. Balldude Camp is an annual event which usually takes place on a weekday in May or June. This is a fun 2-hour "fantasy camp" here on the field at AT&T Park that gives attendees the chance to show their skills and personality as they practice fielding and hitting and answer Giants trivia. Two people from the camp are chosen to be "real" Balldudes for one future game. Participants must be 21 or older. The ticket price for Balldude Camp (which is a donation to the Giants Community Fund) is $500 per person (or $700 with a personalized jersey). Family and friends are welcome to come to cheer from the stands!
Giants Community Fund Charity Auctions
The other charitable way to vie for the position is by bidding on it in one of the Giants Community Fund auctions. There are Balldude spots offered in many auctions such as: the Play Ball Lunch, the Giants Wives Auction, KNBR on-air auction, and the Fund's Sports Memorabilia Auction.
If you cannot attend but still want to bid, CLICK HERE to download and fill out our Auction Proxy Bid Form. All the directions on submitting will be included in this document. Please note: This experience regularly sells for over $2,000, so the minimum proxy bid which can be submitted is $1,500. Proxy bidders will be contacted shortly before an auction takes place to confirm details.
Like any other position with the organization, hundreds of applications are received, but only a few are chosen for the job.
To submit a nomination, applicants must be adults (21 and older). We also require that they qualify in the following ways:
We do require that:
- They are physically able to handle the risks of being on the field.
- They have very good eyesight.
- They have good knees/back (since he/she will be sitting for 3 hours on a stool that's only 12 inches high).
- They are able to react quickly and run after the ball.
- Most importantly, he/she will have to have an excellent knowledge of the rules of baseball. One wrong move could affect the outcome of a MLB game.
Nominations for the 2017 season will be accepted through August 1.