A Cubs fan picked up a baseball meant for the little boy in front of him — but all wasn’t as it seemed
Adults are so garbage that it’s not surprising this video footage is making the internet irate, even if it’s not exactly what it seems. It appeared that an adult fan happily swiped a baseball tossed by a Cubs coach that was very clearly meant for the little boy in front of him. Luckily, everyone ended up winning in the end, including the kid and the guy behind him who was wrongly vilified by the internet until the whole story came out.
In footage caught during yesterday’s Cubs game at Wrigley Field, first base coach Will Venable tossed a ball to a young child seated in the first row. Unfortunately, the ball got away from the little guy and went under the seat where the man behind him nabbed it and handed it to the woman next to him. Cue all the adults around them laughing while this little boy comes up empty-handed.
When going to a baseball game, DON'T be this guy. pic.twitter.com/pAeiRN6Q2X
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 22, 2018
Possibly the most infuriating 12 seconds of video ever, right? Thankfully, all wasn’t as it seemed — and regardless, the Cubs made this boy’s day *so* much better.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 22, 2018
That’s right — someone on the Cubs side noticed what went down and decided to deliver the kid a separate baseball and an autographed Javy Baez baseball. But as it turns out, the guy behind him had been do-gooding with balls tossed into the stands during the entire game, grabbing them and handing them out to little kids seated near him — including the boy in the viral footage.
I spoke with people from the Cubs. The man who grabbed the ball on the widely seen video had actually already helped the little boy get a ball earlier. The young man has a game used ball and a Javy Baez ball. All is well. Guy is A-OK so let it go people.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) July 23, 2018
The other ball the kid has was the one the same guy caught and gave him before this. I was sitting next to him.— Chuck Mycoff (@cmycoff2) July 22, 2018
Although this time it was a case of everyone pouncing without knowing the whole story, people do get rightly upset because this isn’t exactly a new thing — adults snatching balls at professional sporting events that were very clearly meant for kids. It’s pretty rampant behavior actually. Check out these jerks, carelessly stomping all over the happiness of small children in order to score their own piece of memorabilia.
Here’s a bunch of crazy fans stealing foul balls & other items from children and women. pic.twitter.com/Ba1OHTdXIz
— Crazy Fan Takes (@CrazyFanTakes) July 12, 2018
Anyone else ready to brawl with obnoxious adult sports fans after watching that? I think my blood pressure literally went up watching that. Luckily, it wasn’t the case this time around and everyone left the game happy.
I was sitting next to this guy. That ball was between my feet. The kid already had a ball the same guy helped him get. He handed it to his wife. She took a picture of it and they gave it to the kid next to them. This guy was great. This story is BAD.— Chuck Mycoff (@cmycoff2) July 23, 2018
While it’s certainly not required of an adult fan who catches a ball in the stands to hand it over to a nearby child, it takes a special brand of garbage human to actually steal one that was obviously intended for someone half their size. Not too many fellow sports fans are here for it.
Pretty low to take a ball from a KID. It was meant for the kid and he would have told stories to all his friend. The guy and whatever he gave it to. . . . HOW can anyone be happy with themselves for doing that.— Lostways27 (@Lostways27) July 22, 2018
When this guy goes to work Monday, let’s hope a real man verbally sets him straight! Totally no class. pic.twitter.com/x7dqLTWauX— Dave (@dbibber225) July 23, 2018
Zero class. Wifey should have given it to the kid to teach her husband some manners.— Tom Higgins (@TomHiggins777) July 22, 2018
Moral of the story? Don’t be that guy. Ever. And luckily, this time, the subject of the footage was doing the right thing. But if you are, karma will come around eventually. As for the Cubs? They went on to win the game 7-2.