At first glance, it simply looked like "that guy" had taken a ball meant for a young fan during the Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Sunday.
When going to a baseball game, DON'T be this guy. pic.twitter.com/pAeiRN6Q2X— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 22, 2018
The cool thing is the Cubs took care of the kid with an autographed ball from infielder Javy Baez. Way to go, Cubbies.
But David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago reported a key element to the story. The adult fan who took the ball meant for the kid had already helped the young fan get a ball.
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
I was sitting the next to the boy and the same fan helped him snag a ball a few innings before this.— Jeff Rose, CFP® (@jjeffrose) July 23, 2018
But some people were not convinced.
Curious - which of these guys sitting next to the kid are you? pic.twitter.com/IDG3DhDKeZ— James Jennings (@JamesAtOne) July 23, 2018
Can we all agree that when something is meant for a kid, the best thing is to let the kid have it?
Doesn't seem all that difficult.