Skip to comments.Play of the day! Selfless young fan returns ball to upset boy
Posted on 07/22/2011 7:57:04 AM PDT by ThinkingBuddha
There's hope for America's future yet!
In one of the most heartwarming scenes you'll ever see, a young Arizona Diamondbacks fan named Ian made Wednesday's play of the day at Chase Field after an even younger fan named Nicholas missed a ball thrown his way by Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks(notes).
Though the dropped ball was instead handed to Ian by another person, he immediately recognized what he had to do after seeing Nicholas in a distraught state after botching an attempt at a souvenir. With an amazed audience looking on, Ian marched back down the stairs and graciously handed the baseball over to Nicholas, a Brewers fan, without any prodding from anyone else.
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On the negative side, the receiver didn’t seem very grateful.
THank you for that. CHaracter trumps all. Kudos to that young man. :-)
But you’re right. We should focus on the giver. What a great kid.
Teach, your children well...
The little kid is about 6 years old - and he blew the play on national television. He’s allowed to be a little upset.
The receiver was crying so I think it probably took him a little time to shift his emotions, or he was simply stunned like the rest of us were! The amazing thing was watching the giver as he ran up the stands. He was cheering, and then there was that pause: the pangs of conscience were clearly evident. Juxtapose that with the woman AND HER LOSER FRIENDS a few weeks ago who took the ball from a youngster and were celebrating. Not a flicker of conscience there.
It would be interesting to discuss his action in light of Randian philosophy. But it would just turn into a huge flame-fest.
Seriously, thanks for posting this. It is nice to see good kids.
and he blew the play on national television.
I don’t think anyone of them were aware they were being watched. Which makes the giver’s act so wonderful.
The kid gives up the ball and then gets way more in return - 15 minutes of fame plus a trip to the press box. How cool is that?
actually, looking at it in slow-mo, it hit mom dead in the hands....blame mom.
OK, I guess that’s cool, but only because our expectations are so low.
The ball player was clearly tossing the ball to a specific fan. That’s why the usher-lady directs the attention to that fan. This isn’t like a foul ball, where it’s up for grabs.
I was at one of those Medieval Times shows, and the knights were tossing flowers, and when they specifically pointed to a person and tossed the flower, if it ended up with someone else, it was always passed to the intended person.
If a ball player signed a ball and handed it back, and the kid dropped it and someone else picked it up, we’d expect to hand it back as well.
Of course, I’ve seen grown men wrestle foul balls from kids, and then snicker about it and prance around like they were hot stuff. So in the grand scheme of things, this was a great story.
To me it looked like one of the players yelled at the kid in red to give it to the little kid. Nothing against the kid in red. He probably didn’t realize it was being tossed specifically to the little kid. I just think he was told to do it.
I was at a Red Sox game around 1998 and Greg Vaughn (Mo’s cousin) rolled a ball across the top of the visitor’s dugout to a little kid and the whole stadium broke out in applause. People listening on TV or radio must have been baffled.
My younger brother did that at a Rangers game when he was 15.
Caught a foul ball, and gave it to a little boy sitting in front of us.
I was proud of him.
Trip to the Announcers Booth: $100
Tickets to a future game: $200
Signed Bat: Priceless
Tax bill when the IRS reads this story: $10,000
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