|A young girl is upset when an older fan snares a ball away |
from her that was tossed into the stands. In a later inning,
she ended up with one of her own. [Screen shot from mlb.com]
September 6, 2012
Raise your hand if you've never snagged a baseball at a game.
If you answered in the affirmative, then perhaps you can speak to what appears to be a growing desperation among fans as they get older. How else to explain the phenomenon of a grown man snagging a ball tossed toward a youngster?
It happened again in Miami on Wednesday night, when a man who appears to be on the wrong side of 40 leaned over and snagged a ball tossed by the Brewers' Norichi Aoki. Its intended destination appeared to be the glove of a boy near the Brewers dugout.
The real hurt, though, was on the face of a little girl who also lost out on the ball toss, her frown catching the eyes of cameramen otherwise stuck broadcasting a meaningless Brewers-Marlins game.
After the ball thief giddily skipped back to his seat, young Emily Martin's disappointment only grew. A Brewers staffer eventually tossed Emily her own ball, giving the fourth-grader a brief moment in the spotlight:
"My dream was to get a ball. But I would cry at the end because I never got one. I would ask every single day."
Well, her dream was fulfilled. And presumably, when she's all grown up, she won't trample a youngster who happens to be in the path of her souvenir.