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Foul Ball Couple Demands Apology From Yankees Announcer (Didn't Give Ball to Child)
NBC DFW ^ | Friday, Apr 27, 2012 | Justin Hinton

Posted on 04/27/2012 7:02:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Couple wants to put incident behind them

The couple slammed by a Yankees announcer for not giving a foul ball to a crying child next to them are seeking an apology from the announcer.

A picture snapped by Sean Leonard's brother paints a different picture of the foul ball incident at Wednesday night's Rangers game.

"If this picture was the only picture that was shown online and on the Internet, people would say, 'Oh, he's got a ball,'" Leonard said.

Instead, a viral video from YES Network spread across social media sites, talk radio and news stations drew all of the attention. The video of the incident with commentary by Yankees announcer Michael Kay shows a small child crying after not getting a ball that was thrown into the stands by Ranger Mitch Moreland.

Leonard and his fiancee, Shannon Moore, said the video is only half the story.

"I never saw the little boy crying," said Moore. "I'm looking at him [Sean], he's taking my picture, and it lasted maybe 10 seconds."

After watching the video, the couple admitted they looked bad.

"I wasn't even aware that he was crying until we see the video and then it looked bad," Leonard said. "It was horrific-looking."

But Kay's remarks made her and Leonard look even worse, Moore said.

"He just kept fueling it," Moore said. "In this society with social networking, you know, you put one thing out there, and people attack. And they were. They were vicious, and they didn't stop."

Moore said she wants an apology from Kay.

"I'm not asking for anything much, but I think if he has a good heart and he's a faithful person, he would own up and apologize -- because he did start it," she said.

The mother of the 3-year-old boy told NBC 5 on Thursday that she felt bad the Leonard and Moore were drawing fire over the incident.

Crystal Shore said Leonard and Moore were friendly and had even offered the ball to her son toward the end of the game.

"I felt sorry for Cameron and for the other couple because they were made out to be such horrible, cold-hearted people, and I just ... didn't get that impression from them at all. They were sweet. They talked to Cameron a lot," she said.

Leonard even offered the ball to her son, but his parents turned it down, they told "The Today Show" on Friday.

"He's 3, and we're kind of at that stage where he thinks he gets everything and anything," his mother said.

"I never once thought that they should have given him the ball," Crystal Shore said. "We're trying to teach him he doesn't get everything every time."

For now, Leonard and Moore have other things to worry about. The two are busy with preparations for their May 5 nuptials.

What started as a small wedding with family and close friends has turned into a much larger event. The couple's foul ball moment has spread to the United Kingdom, and Leonard and Moore say family members living there have started calling asking about the wedding.

"So, of course, everyone who didn't know we were getting married now knows," Leonard said.

The couple hopes that the events from Wednesday's game can be turned into something positive.

They've considered hosting a fundraising event for Pro Player Foundation, a group that Leonard already works with, that would teach underprivileged kids from across the Metroplex how to be better in life through sports.

"If we have to take that ball and sell it and raise funds for that foundation that can go towards hundreds of needy kids, then absolutely," Leonard said. "Why not?"

In the meantime, the couple is focusing on their wedding.

"The beautiful thing is we have a strong love between us that is going to carry us," Leonard said. "We have a strong faith in God and the truth."


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: brat; jerkannouncer; spoiledbrat

1 posted on 04/27/2012 7:02:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
The mother of the 3-year-old boy

I'll file this under my..."Who Gives a F@@@" list.

2 posted on 04/27/2012 7:07:16 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: nickcarraway

Things are not always as they seem


3 posted on 04/27/2012 7:08:38 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: nickcarraway

This couple was so absorbed in what they were going to do when they got home (wink wink) that they could not have cared less about the toddler.


4 posted on 04/27/2012 7:10:56 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: nickcarraway
I once basically grabbed a foul ball hit toward me at pre-game batting practice (Fenway Park) from a young kid,maybe 10 years old.Afterward I felt kinda bad so I wound up giving it to the kid.I wanted it for my nephew but the kid got to it about 1/2 second before me.It was the right thing to do.
5 posted on 04/27/2012 7:14:55 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: nickcarraway

I saw this live on the YES network. These two people are full of crap. The guy was sitting right next to the little boy who was crying. The only reason he wouldn’t have notice him is that he was too busy pawing and making out with the woman in public. For petes sake you’re at a ball game, have some awareness of the people around you and show a little class. Keep your hands off each other, give the little kid the ball (obviously everyone else around him noticed him because they they got someone in the Texas dugout to give him a ball) and go get a room. I don’t condone giving every crying little kid what he wants, but I think you should make an exception in this case being that they were at the ballgame. Michael Kay is annoying, but in this case he was right!


6 posted on 04/27/2012 7:21:52 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: nickcarraway
I never once thought that they should have given him the ball," Crystal Shore said. "We're trying to teach him he doesn't get everything every time."

Wow. Now there is a rare set of parents in this day of entitlement.

7 posted on 04/27/2012 7:23:55 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: ScreamingFist

Filed under the same list!

I have seen the video many a few times and the couple look like they don’t even realize the kid is there. The couple are involved with themselves and having a good time.

A pox on the MSM for making a big deal out of a crying little boy who did not get what he wanted! It happens every day!


8 posted on 04/27/2012 7:24:56 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: nickcarraway
"I never once thought that they should have given him the ball," Crystal Shore said. "We're trying to teach him he doesn't get everything every time."

Oh darlin', as absolutely commendable as that is, y'all better homeschool that child or all your good values are likely to be erased, post haste.

9 posted on 04/27/2012 7:26:50 PM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: Batman11

How could he catch the ball if he was PDAing with his wife?


10 posted on 04/27/2012 7:26:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

They were sitting only a few rows in from the field. The ball was flipped into the stands by the Texas first baseman, or first base coach. I don’t remember which. Cassanova managed to pry his hands free for a second to get the ball.


11 posted on 04/27/2012 7:31:48 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: nickcarraway; jazusamo

Who says the kid should get the ball?

The folks who got the ball bought tickets and caught the ball, it’s their ball!

I bet that kid didn’t buy a ticket, I bet that kid has never paid for anything.

I bet he’s never worked a day in his whiny life.

Crying because no one gave him a ball that wasn’t his in the first place?

Typical liberal, looking for a handout, thinks he’s entitled.

He probably voted for Obama.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 7:37:13 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: nickcarraway

Mom has her head on right. Admirable.


13 posted on 04/27/2012 7:42:27 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: nickcarraway

I know of no rule that requires those catching the ball to hand it to the nearest child.


14 posted on 04/27/2012 8:03:52 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

It’s on page 39 of the rule book.


15 posted on 04/27/2012 8:13:32 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Reading dark motives into people you don’t even know is just because a TV personality told you to, is one of the social problems we have in this country. People need to get out of the National TV git ‘em mob.


16 posted on 04/27/2012 8:19:17 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: GeronL

Kids are not entitled to foul balls coming into their area of the park. Especially if they then proceed to make a screaming, crying deal about it.


17 posted on 04/27/2012 8:23:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Friendofgeorge
nor are they otherwise...
18 posted on 04/27/2012 8:27:30 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: smoothsailing

National TeeVee coverage like this gets immediate viewer response.

At the house it would get a *3*, cause it's hard to dance to.
I kind'a liked that movie 'Moneyball'.

19 posted on 04/27/2012 8:37:30 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: smoothsailing

Ditto!


20 posted on 04/27/2012 8:51:00 PM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: smoothsailing; nickcarraway
I bet that kid didn’t buy a ticket, I bet that kid has never paid for anything.

I bet he’s never worked a day in his whiny life.

Crying because no one gave him a ball that wasn’t his in the first place?

Typical liberal, looking for a handout, thinks he’s entitled.

He probably voted for Obama.

Ditto, especially on voting for Obama. The RATS say voter fraud is non existent but if this kid was interrogated I'd bet he'd cop out to it. :-)

21 posted on 04/27/2012 8:53:28 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Ditto, especially on voting for Obama. The RATS say voter fraud is non existent but if this kid was interrogated I'd bet he'd cop out to it. :-)

Exactly! First it was the dead voting, now it's the barely born! That little Leftist has no shame, I bet he demanded a ride to the polls at taxpayer expense!

22 posted on 04/27/2012 9:05:28 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Batman11
They were sitting only a few rows in from the field. The ball was flipped into the stands by the Texas first baseman, or first base coach. I don’t remember which. Cassanova managed to pry his hands free for a second to get the ball.

Well then he deserved it. After all, he caught it without any blood in his brain. That's what I call a good catch!

23 posted on 04/27/2012 9:13:42 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: smoothsailing
I bet he demanded a ride to the polls at taxpayer expense!

No doubt you're correct. He probably even demanded Mommy come with him to make sure he checked the right boxes, there's more taxpayer money down the drain.

This has to stopped in it's tracks before it gets out of control. If only toddlers vote, only toddlers will be elected!

24 posted on 04/27/2012 9:23:42 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: SaraJohnson

well said


25 posted on 04/27/2012 9:28:20 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR FLIPPIN BUST)
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To: nickcarraway
My wife took me to a hockey game when we were dating. I told her I'd catch a Puck for her. But she said that our seats were half way up the stands, behind the goal.

During the second period, a guy made a slapshot that came right at us. Hit two seats behind me than landed under the seat of the teenage girl a seat over and behind me.

It took about 0.005seconds for me to grab it before she did.
Did I feel bad? Hell no. I promised my wife. Plus it didn't have the girls name on it.

Ed

26 posted on 04/27/2012 9:36:31 PM PDT by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: nickcarraway

27 posted on 04/28/2012 12:24:28 AM PDT by mirkwood
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To: Batman11

As someone who has been going to baseball games for 40 years, the first rule is YOU GIVE THE BALL TO THE KID. I have had season tickets for nearly 20 of those years and I look for the kids around me for the rare case I get a ball.

As an adult, if I want a baseball, I can buy a damn baseball.


28 posted on 04/28/2012 12:36:52 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Secret Agent Man
Kids are not entitled to foul balls coming into their area of the park. Especially if they then proceed to make a screaming, crying deal about it.

Player on the field tossed it into the stands - looked like he may have meant it for the kid, but can't tell.

29 posted on 04/28/2012 3:50:35 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: MediaMole
...the first rule is YOU GIVE THE BALL TO THE KID.

Absolutely! About 15 years or so ago my son (who was a young teen at the time) was standing along the RF wall during batting practice and scrambling with folks for the foul balls hit there. He came up with one at one point and he promptly gave it to a 4-5 year old kid that was next to him. My wife and I were watching from our seats, I turned to her and said “We're doing alright with that boy!”

30 posted on 04/28/2012 4:17:10 AM PDT by zzeeman ("We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.")
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To: nickcarraway
...they told "The Today Show" on Friday.

Really? The Today Show? Slow Obama day, was it?

31 posted on 04/28/2012 5:41:05 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: jazusamo
If only toddlers vote, only toddlers will be elected!

LOL!

Vote for this kid, he's definitely the next Rush Limbaugh! HA!


32 posted on 04/28/2012 10:00:08 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: trebb

If that were the case, best thing is to toss it to the kids’ parents rather than the kid himself. If he’s just tossing it, it’s not like catching a foul ball.


33 posted on 04/28/2012 11:51:26 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: smoothsailing
Vote for this kid, he's definitely the next Rush Limbaugh! HA!

LOL! He's got my vote!

34 posted on 04/28/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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