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Would you give the baseball up?

posted 4/27/2012 8:22:52 PM |
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"Oblivious" was the adjective we used to describe the actions of the couple in that crying young Rangers fan video that went viral on Thursday.

It was a good choice, too, because that couple is now saying they're guilty as charged when it comes to not being aware of their surroundings. After seeing their actions spark a gigantic debate on baseball etiquette, Sean Leonard and his fiancee Shannon Moore told a Dallas television station that they had no idea the young boy next to them was crying or even upset over missing out on the baseball after Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland tossed it into the stands.

Leonard and Moore say they were simply caught up in the moment during Wednesday's Rangers-Yankees game and would've given the toddler the ball had they seen he was upset. The couple has a combined seven children between them and is scheduled to be married this weekend.

While the debate reached the masses, it was something Leonard said he hadn't even realized happened.

"My fiancee Shannon and I were honestly unaware of the situation of the little boy sitting next to us last night since we were so caught up in the excited and moment of being at our first Ranger's baseball game together," he wrote in a statement.

Leonard said as a soon-to-be large combined family of seven, that he and Shannon understand the emotions of a young child at a game. They spoke to News 8 Thursday afternoon.

"I love children, I would never hurt someone," Shannon Moore said. "It's very hurtful, especially when you know you wouldn't intentionally hurt somebody or hurt their feelings ...especially when it's a little-bitty toddler."

Moore and Leonard say they would like an apology from Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay for needlessly criticizing them throughout the late innings of the Rangers' 7-3 win.

Do they deserve one? It's hard to say. For better or worse, Kay's shtick is that of the shlub in the stands and his reaction was one that most of us were having at home as we watched the situation unfold. Kay described the couple as "oblivious," a charge that they accepted. It wasn't until the video hit the supercharged world of social media and Internet comments that the couple was vilified way beyond the seriousness of their offense. (To be clear, I was more amused at the trouble their self absorption was getting them into than I was offended that the little boy didn't get the ball. I did, however, feel for the little boy's disappointment.)

But as is usually the case with viral fan stories like these, it's probably only a matter of time before everyone ends up on morning television and a happy ending is declared as their 15 minutes of fame runs out. Could a reunion between the two sides be in the works?

The yahoo story with pics

As for me, it depends on how much I want the ball and who hit it, and how much it would be worth if it became part of history. Other than that, I would probably give it to a kid nearby, and that would be by choice, not because I felt like I had to with possible taunts by fucktards in the crowd, and more fucktards to post stupid crap about the situation.

Fans have a right to go to a game and enjoy it with whoever they're with, not to be taunted and ridiculed.

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Apr 27 @ 8:50PM  
If it had been me, and I saw that little guy crying like that, I would have given the ball to him.

As for the couple, hey, they were "in the moment", and crowds can be quite loud at games. They didn't intentionally take that ball from that vilify them like the media has is bullshit.

Apr 27 @ 8:57PM  
Someone that paid for tickets, were there for their own fun, caught the ball with their
own hands, and enjoyed their time.

Next to them, was a crybaby that did not pay his own way, wanted something someone
else worked for, he did not get 'their' stuff for free, even though he threw a fit..........

Life is tough. Another Socialist in the making?

If they want the brat to have whatever he wants, it's his parents job. Not the strangers sitting

Apr 27 @ 9:08PM  
Another Socialist in the making?
Certainly looks like he may be on the road to it.

If my kid started to act like that, I would tell him/her that we'll keep trying to catch that ball that's just waiting for us to catch it. I would try to get my kid's attention off it and onto something else that's fun.

Apr 27 @ 9:40PM  
Why is this even a story- the kid got the ball anyway... end of story!


Apr 27 @ 10:44PM  
OMG Some kid crying and strangers were to pay attention and give the child what it wanted . Where were the parents in this ? I listen to screaming children daily because their parents could care less. Maybe next game another kid can start crying and screaming he doesn't like the broadcaster and he can be gone . or can he .

Apr 28 @ 10:41AM  
I saw this on ESPN the other day...
I Love childern...I really do....! BUT.....
That chap is just spoiled rotten!!!

I wouldn't have given him the ball....either....

Thats whats wrong with our Youth today...Spoiled Stinking ass Rotten...they are!!!
Hell, they gave him a Ball anyways ....because he Balled...for a Ball!!!!
I hope that every child that goes to a game from now on...throws a fit...for a baseball!

Apr 28 @ 3:57PM  
I saw that on ESPN and even our local news in Missouri (it happened in Texas).

I am with a lot of the others... tough shit tit!!! If it was my kid, I would have used one of my dad's lines, "Quit your damned crying or I'll give you something to cry about."

I am also with Som in that it is a "so what", "who cares" story that is not newsworthy at all

As for me, it depends on how much I want the ball and who hit it,

I don't think anybody hit it. I may be mistaken, but I am pretty sure the ball was tossed into the stands by a player.

Fans have a right to go to a game and enjoy it with whoever they're with, not to be taunted and ridiculed.

Yeah, and not have to listen to somebody's crying brat. I hate that in stores, restaurants, etc. when the parents won't take the kid outside. It is selfish and rude.

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