Adult man steals ball from small child at baseball game, but it's not quite as it seems
It didn't look good.
At some stage in recent memory, you may have come across a clip of a Chicago Cubs fan seemingly stealing a baseball that had been thrown to a young fan in the crowd at Wrigley Field.
It was rage-inducing stuff...
When going to a baseball game, DON'T be this guy. pic.twitter.com/pAeiRN6Q2X
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 22, 2018
The clip soon went viral and even came to the attention of staff at the Cubs, who gave the kid in question a baseball autographed by infielder Javier Báez to make up for his apparent disappointment.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 22, 2018
As it turns out, the man who 'stole' the ball wasn't as bad as he had initially seemed.
A Reddit user named 'btbrian' did a bit of digging and found out that, according to fans who were sat close by (see below) that he had already given a ball to the young child sitting in front of him and gave other balls that came his way to fans in his vicinity.
He had already helped that kid get a ball. He gave two more away to kids also. He was a great guy. TV got this all wrong.
— Chuck Mycoff (@cmycoff2) July 22, 2018
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
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
His generosity has been acknowledged by the Cubs themselves, as was confirmed by local sports anchor David Kaplan on Monday.
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
All's well that ends well.