Originally written on Sportress of Blogitude  |  Last updated 10/20/14

Via Sportress of Blogitude:

There are bad people in this world, then there are people like the guy in the above video who jumped in front of a girl and intercepted a ball a player appeared to have tossed to her. Those kind of people, you see, are the worst.

During Wednesday night’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins at Marlins Park, Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki, on his way back to the dugout during the middle of an inning, tosses a ball in the direction of a little girl. Instead of the young lady receiving her souvenir, an adult male boxes her out and snags the ball.

The worst part? The guy pretends he has no idea the girl was standing there as he triumphantly returns to his seat.

One could argue that the guy had no idea the girl was there when he caught the ball, but there is no way he could not have noticed her after turning around to make his way back to his seat, which leads me to suspect he believed he — once again, an adult male – deserved the ball more than a young girl.

A further argument could be made, since we don’t see where the man was seated, that he was attending the game with one of his kids and simply was procuring a souvenir for his young son or daughter. But once he saw the girl standing there all dejected, the right thing to do would have been to give the girl the ball. And if his child protested? Chalk it up as a teaching moment or something. It’s not like that kind of selfless behavior hasn’t been demonstrated before at big league ballparks. Instead, this guy has secured his place in the pantheon of adults who have exhibited disgraceful behavior and stolen balls from children at ballparks.

Thankfully, a wrong was righted when the girl, after jumping up and down and waving her arms, later received a ball from a person who appeared to be a ballpark employee.

Even better, the little girl, named Emily, who is a fourth-grader, received some recognition due to her plight: She was interviewed by a member of the Marlins broadcast crew and got the chance to tell everyone about her dream of getting a game ball and how a rude man stole the original ball away from her. Even better, she ended up getting two balls out of the deal. And a great story to tell her classmates.

 

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22 Comments:
  • It is a good thing I was notthe girl's father. I would have gotten the ball back. I may have ended up in jail for a while, but not convicted at the trail. Yes it would have been worth the money for the lawyer, if I had gotten one.
  • You would be laughed out of the courtroom for suing over this. What a ridiculous comment. Not getting a ball is not a tragedy and is not worth taxpayer money to stage a ridiculous courtroom trial and lawsuit.
  • Especially if you are going to post about another's comment.

    Update: September 06, 2012
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    Update: September 06, 2012
    WOW - Freedomliberty - mack5113 WAS NOT TALKING ABOUT BRINGING ABOUT A LAWSUIT. He was stating that if he was the girl's father, that he would physically retrieve it from the guy. Which in turn, could get him arrested. Hence his comment, "I may have ended up in jail for a while, but not convicted at the trial." -- ended up in jail // but not convicted -- Really people, take the time to actually read the comments rather than just skimming them, especially if you're going to post a reply to a comment.
  • You don't get it; mack would have beat the crap out of the lousy excuse of a male. That would have gotten him jail time until trial, not pressing charges. If I were the girl's mom I would have done the same.
  • Yikes. So much silliness and misplaced false machismo. (Even from the "lady"...)

    First, mack says he would have gone to jail. Are you saying you would have gone to jail for taking ("stealing") a baseball from another grown man at a baseball game. More likely, it sounds like you're a tough guy who would try to beat him up and take it. Either way, you would definitely be convicted at a trial, unless you followed him home and did it where nobody was watching you. Which is the REALLY scary scenario.

    Then there's Femme. Your sentence is unintelligible -"That would have gotten him jail time until trial, not pressing charges." (Actually it's not a sentence; the second part is a fragment.) More importantly, you don't think that you'd have to face charges after beating the crap out of a guy over a baseball?? Felony assault and misdeanor stupidity, I'd venture... Ahhh..and then you finish by telling us how you're another spoiled girl who would go after the man herself because her daughter pouted and didn't get a three-dollar baseball...boo hoo.

    As for the facts of the story themselves...I'll get to that in the morning. Too tired now...


  • What a jerk that guy needs a A@@ kicking
  • Hey, JWhiz, maybe you could post when you have something to say. Saying NOTHING INTELLIGENT in ALL CAPS still equals NOTHING INTELLIGENT.
  • There's another possibility...The guy appears Japanese and its possible Aoki meant to throw it to him. I'm no racist and have many Japanese American friends here in Nor Cal. I'm just sayin'...
  • What about the little boy... he seems to have been missed in this story... a little boy at the ball field with a baseball glove... perhaps he was the target... after all the ball was all but in his mitt... but he didn't pout, throw a fit or make a big scene so he was simply forgotten... it is sad that today a child behaving poorly is rewarded rather than spanked... I find the boy with the mitt the true victim here and the others simply players in the medias cruel mind games!
  • Pass the dooby.
  • I had the same thing happen to me when i was a little kid at a Dodger game annd for some reason he was the same race as the guy who stole the ball.
  • boo hoo hoo, still scarred all these years later.
  • Guy's a DB, no doubt. With any luck, his dog will chew it to pieces, or it gets thrown away.
  • What I find strange is that the article points out that the guy who intercepted the ball was an adult male, and the one who did not receive the ball was a young female. I think that the important part is that ANY adult intercepted a ball meant for a young human. The genders do not seem relevant to me.
  • You're the only one making an issue of gender. He happens to be a "he" and she happens to be a "she." Those are just the facts.
  • Who's to say that the ball was meant for the little girl? There was a little boy standing there as well.

    And this guy isn't as bad as the woman who actually snatched a ball out of the hands of a little girl.
  • Can not believe how insensitive this guy was toward the little girl. Wonder what he is like outside the stadium.
  • What is the big deal. The poor little girli is at a major league baseball game and she didn't get a ball. It has always bothered me how balls are given to the kids who are closest to the ball boy or girl or in some cases the players. What about all the kids in the stadium that don't even have a chance for a ball. Don't give them to anybody that would be the only fair thing to do. By the way the little girl doesn't look like she's upset, she looks like she's pouting and knows how to get what she wants. And according to the story it sounds like she did.
  • Actually, after looking at the video, I was also thinking that the thrower was not directly in front of where the girl was, but rather off to the side. Nothing said he was throwing it directly to her. I did not take it that way. I feel the guy had just as much right as anyone to go for it.

    The author of the accompanying article wrote, "The worst part? The guy pretends he has no idea the girl was standing there as he triumphantly returns to his seat."

    Hey - you are at a game - you see a ball - there is an adrenaline rush as you go for and catch it - there are a lot of people at any given game - maybe he saw the girl maybe he did not - if he did - he was the one that caught it.

    He was actually looking up and over the girl's head to where he wound up going and thus probably only nominally noticed a person near him as he moved around to avoid bumping that person. Same as when moving around a supermarket, no need to focus on the actual people, just the location and movement direction of all people around you.
  • Sheesh, nothing but bad behavior all the way around. The guy comes down to the rail, grabs the ball from two kids and then *prances* back to his seat. Wow, congratulations on your $7 achievement. What a buffoon. As for that little girl... pouting. Not crying. Just pouting. She goes to the game "every day" and cries on the way home because she didn't get a ball? How about, "I get to go to the game EVERY DAY! I am so lucky that my parents have the means and the leisure time to take me to the game EVERY DAY and, of course, provide me with many many other fabulous experiences most kids never get to enjoy." She doesn't get a ball, so she dances around for attention like "Look at me! Look at me! Me! Me! Me" Yeah, we see you... unfortunately. Your life is going to all about you, you, you. And "Mom" just feeds riiiiiight into it. The little boy next to her, on the other hand, comes prepared, glove and all, obviously an actual baseball fan there to actually watch the game, not just a ball hunter. When he doesn't get the ball, he just sits down. The "little" girl is much older than him and, sadly, hasn't learned a thing about dignified behavior. Maybe he could teach her. On top of all that, we all get to read the sniping from knee-jerk lowbrows posting their nonsense. "I'd beat the crap out of the guy... No, I'd kick his ****... Some Japanese American did the same thing to me fifty years ago... This is male bashing! Why do they have to call the man a male and the girl a girl?!..." I think I'm gonna go puke now.
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