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Should Sports Fans Be More Considerate to Kids?

SodaHead Sports 2012/04/27 20:00:00
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Many of you may have already seen the infamous clip that was featured prominently on Gawker-owned site Deadspin.com. But if you haven't, here's the basic summary. A little boy and his parents are at the New York Yankees at Texas Rangers game the other night. A foul ball flies into the stands. His parents try to catch the ball for their young son. They're unsuccessful. However, the couple sitting next to them manages to snatch the ball. The couple next to the family are two grown adults. They cherish the foul ball like it's gold and the little boy starts crying uncontrollably.

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Now think about what you would do in that situation as an adult who had just caught a foul ball at a game right next to a sad and disappointed little boy. Would you give him the foul ball? If you answered yes, you're a better person than the couple that instead posed with the ball and took pictures of it like they had a winning lottery ticket -- right in front of the boy and his family.

Luckily for all the parents watching out there, Yankees announcer Michael Kay got the cameramen to witness the rudeness by the couple and put them on blast for millions of people to see. It's one thing if the couple caught the ball. It's another to completely ignore the kid and act like a foul ball is gold. On top of that, they were caught making out, although we're not sure if that's an FCC violation.

All kidding aside, the Rangers gave the boy a ball after seeing what happened. Most importantly, the kid left the game with a smile on his face. As for his parents? They kept their cool. The couple? They just acted cool while everyone in America laughed at them.

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  • betz Dyonus 2012/04/29 09:55:09
    betz
    Exactly Sameth.
  • critter171 Dyonus 2012/04/29 22:19:56
  • Dyonus critter171 2012/04/30 06:40:39
    Dyonus
    Any particular reason or you just feel like being a jerk?
  • CREW grand 2012/04/29 06:09:50
    No
    CREW grand
    +3
    Let the spoiled little brat catch his own ball.
    Otherwise, it's an incentive for everyone to bring little kids to games just so they can guilt anyone who catches a ball within 10 feet of them into giving it away.

    Don
  • critter171 CREW grand 2012/04/29 22:20:11
  • Odinsown 2012/04/29 06:06:36
    No
    Odinsown
    +3
    Me personally I don't care about baseball, so I would give the kid the ball. But his parents need to teach him that you don't always get what you want.
  • GLaDOS Odinsown 2012/04/29 13:22:14
    GLaDOS
    Because they obviously weren't, by trying to just calm him down, instead of pitching a fit over the fact?
  • Odinsown GLaDOS 2012/04/29 16:21:04
    Odinsown
    They may have been I don't know, if that is what they were doing fantastic.
  • GLaDOS Odinsown 2012/04/29 23:34:39
    GLaDOS
    +1
    If you watch the video, you can see the mother at one point say, "It's okay," right before she looks off to the other side with, what looks like, a bit of annoyance, I could be wrong.
  • Odinsown GLaDOS 2012/04/30 00:39:13
    Odinsown
    +1
    I didn't notice that. If it is there then the parents are fine.
  • strawberry 2012/04/29 06:01:24
    No
    strawberry
    +3
    Who ever catches the ball keeps it. What if every kid in the stand was a cry baby.? Children have to learn not to get their own way if not deserved.
  • joe mauro strawberry 2012/04/29 21:13:06
    joe mauro
    +1
    owners players and managers are always whining crying making excuses and apologizing this kid fits right in
  • strawberry joe mauro 2012/04/30 03:39:31
    strawberry
    Some truth in that.
  • joe mauro strawberry 2012/04/30 03:56:09
    joe mauro
    some is enough its like being a little bit perganant
  • Zeldax64 2012/04/29 05:31:15
    No
    Zeldax64
    +3
    Not to be mean but ther we're probably other kids who wanted that ball to. And plus if I was a fan I would want that ball and whouldnt care about anyone else crying for it (sorry kid I would feel bad but then hey I caught it I wanted it soo to bad)
  • strawberry Zeldax64 2012/04/29 06:05:04
    strawberry
    +2
    It is only fair who catches that ball keeps it. You are right. Every kid in that stand could have started crying. The boy's parents should have explained that to their son. Actually who knows why that boy was really crying.?
  • betz strawberry 2012/04/29 09:56:10
    betz
    +1
    I think he was crying because he was frightened not because daddy didn't get the ball for him. the child hadn't a clue.
  • GLaDOS betz 2012/04/29 13:21:23
    GLaDOS
    Which is why he reached for the ball.
  • strawberry betz 2012/04/30 03:40:24
    strawberry
    +1
    I thought the same thing. Maybe the boy became frightened.
  • betz strawberry 2012/04/30 08:54:31
    betz
    I agree with you strawberry. Most children that age don't even know what's going on.
  • taitaFalcon23 2012/04/29 05:13:50
    No
    taitaFalcon23
    +5
    Its never too early to teach them to deal with disappointment
  • strawberry taitaFa... 2012/04/29 06:05:49
    strawberry
    +2
    I agree with you. I wonder if the boy was really crying over the ball.?
  • betz strawberry 2012/04/29 09:56:27
    betz
    +1
    Exactly!
  • taitaFa... strawberry 2012/04/29 13:37:01
    taitaFalcon23
    +1
    who knows.....
  • AvaC taitaFa... 2012/04/29 16:59:04
    AvaC
    +1
    Agreed!
  • Denny 2012/04/29 03:48:49
    Yes
    Denny
    +1
    Yeah I suppose the couple were not exactly "Adult", however is this how the kid is parented?? Don't get what you want so squirt some tears and bawl.
  • GLaDOS Denny 2012/04/29 07:16:28 (edited)
    GLaDOS
    +3
    The parents were trying to just calm the child down. You don't see them getting angry, hurling insults, or demanding the ball. It was the announcer, a spectator, who actually got upset. Because it's just good form.

    The parents didn't look upset, but I, also, as an observer, and a relative baseball fan, know that a ball tossed to the crowd doesn't really mean much, in the greater scheme of things, and I'd much rather make some kid's childhood, by giving them the ball. It could become a baseball fan for life.
  • NoHandlebarsAttached 2012/04/29 03:39:08
    Yes
    NoHandlebarsAttached
    +2
    It would have made that kid's day to have received that ball.
  • kari farmer 2012/04/29 03:25:28
    Yes
    kari farmer
    Ok if a little kid (like under 8) wanted the ball and I had got it I would give it to them it's just like at my high school they threw candy if I got more than one peice or some kid asked I would give it to them I didn't need it anyway
  • Mark Mercer 2012/04/29 03:24:37
    Yes
    Mark Mercer
    Their behavior has been the reason, I don't encourage younguns to have an interest in 'Sports'
  • hello kitty 2012/04/29 03:20:26
    No
    hello kitty
    +2
    kids jus+ cant get they're way all the time.
  • strawberry hello k... 2012/04/29 06:07:05
    strawberry
    +1
    Very true.! Giving the boy his way is spoiling him. The kid has to learn to earn.
  • gvc 2012/04/29 03:16:47
    No
    gvc
    +3
    Personally, I would give the ball to the kid, but that does not mean that everyone should surrender a ball to a child just because they are crying.

    This couple was enjoying a day at the ball park, their first together, and their upcoming wedding. They were not focused on this child. They also offered the ball to the child later but he had already received one.

    The little boy was not bruised for life, he was experiencing disappointment, a scene that plays out millions of times a day the world over.
  • gvc gvc 2012/04/29 03:39:14
    gvc
    PS....the person responsible for this article and question is an idiot! Hope he/she was not paid for this personal attack, YOU have NO idea what kind of people they are! Keep your judgments to yourself.
  • strawberry gvc 2012/04/29 06:09:24
    strawberry
    +2
    As a parent I would have explained to my child that he did not catch the ball, someone else did. Children have to learn very young not to get what they don't deserve.
  • Rocko 2012/04/29 03:03:44 (edited)
    Yes
    Rocko
    hell yes ive seen this type of behavior before and it always makes me embarassed to be a sports fan
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/04/29 03:01:46
    Yes
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    Yes
  • ID51 2012/04/29 02:33:01
    Yes
    ID51
    Kids look up to sports figures and are the future sports fans. If people gave two seconds' thought to how the behavior they exhibit would affect their own children, they might not be so quick to make fools of themselves.
  • Medulla Oblongata 2012/04/29 02:27:57
    Yes
    Medulla Oblongata
    +1
    Personally, I wouldn't be at a baseball game, anyway, but if, by chance, I were and I happened to catch a foul ball for whatever reason, I'd give it to the first kid I saw.
  • crewzer1 2012/04/29 02:02:46

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