We all wanted to hate the Chicago Cubs fan we saw snag a ball meant for a cute kid in the stands, and then hand it to his wife instead.
Now it appears that there was more to the story than was seen in a 12-second video that was all over social media Sunday afternoon.
Check out the clip from the Cubs’ 7-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. In it, we see a ball tossed from the field toward a young fan but missing the kid’s glove and falling to the concrete. Then we see an adult fan one row up quickly reach down, grab the ball and present it to his wife.
Looks pretty bad, doesn’t it?
Plenty of folks on social media thought so. Some of them directed the video to the Cubs account and requested that the team somehow make it up to the young fan. The Cubs obliged, presenting the kid with a ball signed by infielder Javier Baez during the game.
But notice that the youngster is holding two balls in photos provided by the team. Turns out the man who many labeled as a jerk had assisted the same child in obtaining a ball earlier in the game, according to a couple of Twitter users who said they were sitting in the same area as those fans.
Balls are tossed to that part of the stands on a regular basis, Chuck Mycoff and Jeff Rose tweeted, and the man in question had given away two other balls to children before deciding to keep that one for his wife. And she ended up handing that ball to yet another young fan, according to Mycoff.
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
Yep. He got 4. He was just with his wife. The kids next to his wife were with the couple on the other side of them. The guys on the other side of me also got one. Every inning the players toss balls into the crowd there. The guy was great taking care of the kids around him first— Chuck Mycoff (@cmycoff2) July 23, 2018
I was sitting next to the little boy and in front of the Cubs fan getting called every name in the book. Here's what they forgot to mention...— Jeff Rose, CFP® (@jjeffrose) July 23, 2018
1. The boy already got a ball two innings before this.
2. The guy was able to snag at least 2 other balls & gave them to other kids https://t.co/Z13cxIKzVs
My two boys got 7 balls today.— Jeff Rose, CFP® (@jjeffrose) July 23, 2018
Upon closer viewing of the clip, the woman with the little boy appears to nod in approval after the man hands the ball to his wife. And the Cubs also confirmed that the man had helped the kid get a ball earlier in the game, according to Chicago radio and TV host David Kaplan.
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
So the guy definitely does not seem like a jerk — although maybe he could have handled the situation a little better, as some others on Twitter have pointed out.
I don’t doubt that he was a good guy but a great guy would have used some basic human reasoning skills and asked the kid if he could have it rather than snatching it. It’s called SHARING - and it’s an important lesson for kids and adults alike to learn!!!! pic.twitter.com/7b3xrSfQMo— DeVo (@devoland) July 23, 2018
Exactly. It doesn’t matter if he had 10 already. The ball was thrown at the kid. It was his. No greedy adult had the right to steal it. I can’t believe David Kaplan even tweeted this.— loren (@lorenvanzant) July 23, 2018