(Video) Young Fan Selflessly Returns Ball Thrown Into Stands To Even Younger Fan

Now that’s how you do it, people. We have had several instances recently where some selfish, despicable and heartless person snatches a ball away from some other person (or a bat, in one instance) that has made its way into the stands that it is refreshing to see how a young Arizona Diamondbacks fan named Ian showed the right way to go about things. More importantly, the video has, in a way, restored my faith in America’s citizenry, in particular its youth.

Here’s how it played out: as Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks was making his way to the dugout after being out in the field, he tossed a baseball in the direction of a Nicholas, a young Brewers fan, sitting in the stands at Chase Field. But instead of the ball remaining in the possession of the designated fan (Nicholas), the ball ultimately ended up in the hands of Ian. Ian, a young kid in his own right and obviously thrilled at scoring the treasured souvenir, made his way back up the steps in jubilation. But upon realizing that the ball wasn’t meant for him – it was meant for Nicholas – Ian did the honorable thing and gave it to the dejected and heartbroken Brewers fan Nicholas. Awesome.

And best of all, Ian’s classy act didn’t go unnoticed. Diamondbacks broadcasters Daron Sutton and Mark Grace noticed the boy’s charitable act (via Big League Stew):

Sutton: “Are you kidding me, this kid is going to do this?”

Grace: “That is big time, right there!”

Sutton: “Oh my goodness!”

Grace: “What a nice young man!”

Even better, Sutton and Grace had Nicholas up for a visit to the broadcast booth and rewarded him with tickets to an upcoming game as well as an autographed bat from Justin Upton, his favorite Arizona player.

Once again. Awesome. Thank you, Ian, for restoring my faith in humanity. At least temporarily, until the next time some jerk ruins it for everyone again. But for now, I’m going to celebrate the inherent goodness in each and every one of us, displayed so admirably by this young kid.

Play of the day! Selfless young fan returns ball to upset boy [Big League Stew]

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79 Comments

  1. steve

    July 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    His parents should be proud of him. Nice job .

    • scott

      July 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      yep, very classy … wish the adults had that much class

    • joe

      July 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      So the little kid learns to throw a tantrum and get mad anytime he doesn’t get something and get satisfaction in the end. This is the second time I have seen this happen, lil ones throwing tantrums and then getting the ball by someone with a soft heart for the lil whiny but nugget. It is ashamed that the parent lets him keep the ball.

      • cokeomo

        July 22, 2011 at 12:14 am

        So you are pitching a tantrum about tantrums? I saw the kid become sad as I would have at that age. Then he was sitting by his mother(or female guardian) being consoled because he is young and that’s what a good parent does. He does not yell, scream, throw his fists, or any other gesture to indicate a tantrum. How about not trying to destroy every good thing that happens in this world. It is because of people like you that the world has a sense of glass half empty in the first place. FYI I am all against tantrums and I am pro spanking in the matter of discipline!

        • Bean

          July 22, 2011 at 1:22 am

          Absolutely right! I used to go to baseball games with my dad and grandpa at Dodger Stadium and once I found a $20.00 bill and then I looked around and asked my grandpa what to do, he saw the man that was looking for it and asked me if I saw the man and knew what to do. I went up to the man and told him I found his money and he offered me the bill just for being honest. That is what baseball is about. I don’t think the first kid was having a tantrum at all merely a bit of disappointment. Ian is just a rockstar of a kid and for his generosity and insight beyond his years he was rewarded. What is the problem? If you want to see a kid through a tantrum look up the Dodgers Tuesday night game and the pouting kid in the grey hooded sweatshirt who never even tried to catch the ball. His dad should be thinking about how to correct his spoiled behavior before it is so late that the child feels completely entitled as a teenager. Hats of to Ian and his parents for going the extra mile and doing the right thing. Well done!

          • Bean

            July 22, 2011 at 1:36 am

            Oops! It appears I got the kids names backwards. Good Job and well done Nicholas. My mistake.

      • Eileen Donohue

        July 22, 2011 at 3:54 am

        Dude, the younger child originally caught the ball but the volicity of the ball to his little hands was too much and the little guy couldn’t maintain his grasp of it. Show me one little child that caught a ball outright, you can’t because they can’t, there hands are too little and their grasp not strong enough. Kids are kids and they cry when they are sad. That was truly a sad event for Ian. But this really isn’t about Ian, it is about the generous nature of the other kid that is being hailed. He was older in fact he was the age that one would normally never give it up and it doesn’t matter who cries! This Kid is a hero a natural and true hero at his young age. What he did was make God smile and all the rest of us too. Next time they are showing special moments in baseball this should be at of their list. Think before you speak.

      • ABE

        July 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

        Every one is intital to an openion but you should stick yours where the sun dont shine. I hope more people learn from these kid it would make the world a better place

      • CP30

        July 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

        ur a tool

        • jerryo

          July 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

          Totally agree with the above replies. Children show emotions like every other human being, except for you Joe. I pray you did not propagate our species yet, as it appears your parenting skills will most definitely fall short of how exceptional you are as a douche…

    • Florida 2011

      July 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

      The young man who initially had the ball is to be commended, what a gracious, good sportsman he is. Clearly has been raised with solid values and a respect for others, no doubt his family is proud and he clearly understands that he has done the right thing. The little fellow who received the ball was struggling with his disappointment, if you notice, his Mom tries to brush it off with a snap of her fingers and a gentle word to soften the blow of not catching the ball, good for her too. The little guy was clearly disappointed and sad, nothing wrong with letting it show, he didn’t throw a “tantrum”, he looked to his Mom for consolation, he’s young and we can hope that he learned a big lesson from his slightly older example; maybe if he were a little older he might have said thank you and not accepted the ball…now THAT would have been something to see but, in the end, these children showed alot of adults what it means to think outside of ourselves. We can only hope that, whe it’s his turn to “pay it forward” he will remember this day and take a lesson from this. It’s refreshing to see children demonstrate the values and sportsmanship we should be seeing from the adults and athletes they try to look up to. Congrat’s to the parents of the young man who was so generous and compassionate (even though he needed a gentle reminder from someone that the ball was intended for someone else…in the excitement of the moment he didn’t realize but he accepted the guidance and that’s what matters, they are, after all, children).

  2. Mitch

    July 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    THIS is what baseball is all about. The kid did the right thing and both were rewarded. Even without the goodies Ian had the right idea-it was the right thing to do. Bravo Mr. and Mrs. Ian’s Parents….you have done an excellent job of raising your child. And to Nicholas’ parents;your son just got an excellent life lesson on doing the right thing, not the easy thing. Let’s hope he remembers it and pays it forwward.

    • El Cid

      July 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Sir,
      I agree with your comments. I do wish to correct the addressees as Ian got the ball from Nicolas I believe;.

      • Kimberlie

        July 22, 2011 at 12:54 am

        If you watch the video you can clearly hear that the older boy is Ian and the younger boy is Nicholas. The names were backward in the written article.

  3. rob

    July 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This is great. I was at that game last night. There was also another great example by a kid. A foul ball line drive went into the first row by the D-backs dugout and hit a man and bounced down the aisle. A little girl (maybe 6or7) picked it up and walked over to give it to the guy. He refused it and she then went to sit down with the ball. It was amazing to see her reaction and a proud moment for all young fans…

  4. Oliver

    July 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Wow! Thats amazing. What a great kid!

    • ginny

      July 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      wow brought tears to this baseball lovin grandma’s eye

  5. Geoff Boccia

    July 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Perhaps I watched a different video than everyone else, but what I saw was a kid who was told by an adult, by a park employee, no less, to give the ball to the little kid. I think it’s pretty clear that is what happened. In which case, I’m not sure it is reasonable to rush this kid’s application for sainthood directly to the Vatican just yet. Sure, he deserves some credit for “minding his elders”, but I HIGHLY doubt he would have brought the ball to the little guy without some gentle prodding by the park employee, given that he was halfway up the steps to his seat when he was called back. We all love a Hollywood ending, but make no mistake, this wasn’t how it would have ended if it were solely up to the young man in question.

    • Jeff

      July 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      Wow….who crapped in your cornflakes this morning? Not often you see a feel good story in the sports world and you have to crap all over it…must be tough being such a pessimist….let the kid have his moment!!

      • Greenback

        July 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

        Who crapped in his cornflakes? Take a look at about 0.18seconds and see that they are being spoken to, and at about 0.19seconds the employee motions towards the other kid. It’s pretty obvious what went on there, but you prefer to live with your blinders on, Jeff.

        Up until 0.18seconds, the boy was happily enjoying his ball with no thought to the other kid.

        As they say, some people will only see what they want to see, and you only saw what the article told you to see.

        Pessimist? No. It’s called being a realist. You should try to look at reality every once in a while.

        • TX1000

          July 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

          Maybe you should try being real!! How do you think the kid is going to realize that the ball wasn’t for him unless someone told him. That is how Nickolas realized, (look up the definition of realize) that the ball was for someone else, Ian.

          He didn’t have to give it back either. Looks like the boy CHOSE to do the right thing and give it to the intended boy.

          Give the boy, Nickolas, credit for having ethics and making a the correct choice with the morals that obviously his parents raised him with.

          Looks like you ate some of those “cornflakes” too!

          • LouBrock3000

            July 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm

            Come on. The kid was being nice. So the srcurity guy said the ball belonged to the smaller kid. He gave him the ball. He could have been a little punk kid which, by your response, sounds like what you were at his age, and just kept going to his seat. But instead, he showed class and a little humility, which is a trait most kids his age lack, and gave the ball to Nicholas. You are WAY over analizing this. Why is it whenever some one does a good deed, people like you have to disect it and find a way to make it a negative? THEY’RE KIDS! Get over yourself.

            • LouBrock3000

              July 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

              By the way. My response was meant for Greenback, not TX1000. Sorry TX.

          • La504

            July 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

            The point is the kid was told by an adult usher 3 feet taller than him to give the ball back to Nicholas. Like he’s not going to do what he was ordered to do.

        • Maggie

          July 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

          Yes, the kid was happy to get the ball, any fan, especially a young boy, would react like that but we have seen that adults get the ball and even though they are told it’s not for them, the adult chooses to keep it. This young man was very happy to get the ball but he realized that it wasn’t for him and did the right thing. It doesn’t matter whether he was told to do it or not, it was his choice to listen and he made the right choice. Many people, including adults, could learn a lot from this. His parents should be proud.

          • Greenback

            July 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

            “Maybe you should try being real!! How do you think the kid is going to realize that the ball wasn’t for him unless someone told him.”

            Pause the video during the third second and you will see that this kid put his hat directly over the other kids’ mother’s hands. The ball wasn’t coming at him, but he didn’t want the other kid to get it. Me me me! When I was his age I knew that if something is tossed and is headed towards the person next to me, reaching over and in front of them would be taking from them. He didn’t understand that and needed to be directed to give up the ball.

            When you look at this kids face when he’s being spoken to, it’s clear that he is not being asked nicely to give up the ball.

            “Looks like you ate some of those “cornflakes” too!”

            Yes, my cornflakes have reality in them. You should try them some time.

            As they say, some people will only see what they want to see, and you only see what the article told you to see.

            • David

              July 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm

              “As they say, some people will only see what they want to see, and you only see what the article told you to see.”

              And some people like being the contrarian, so they look to hard to see what THEY want to see, because it gets them more attention.

              Yes, the kid put his hat over the kid’s mom’s hands. I don’t know if you’ve ever actually been to a ballgame and had something thrown in your direction, but in most cases you only have a second or two to prepare. You don’t have time to survey the landscape and make sure no one else is in the vicinity. You reach for the ball and you get it or you don’t. The kid didn’t do anything selfish or inappropriate.

              As to the kid giving the ball back only after prompting, sure. He had no way of knowing that the ball was intended for someone else (you might recall – but given your negativity you probably won’t – that the kid wasn’t exactly staring down the aisle at the other patrons when the ball was thrown), so it would have been quite remarkable if, in his excitement, he still managed to turn around halfway up the stairs and see the crying kid. The point is he did it without the hesitation and pouting you might expect from a kid who was just handed something that even most adults will turn violent over before ever giving it up.

              It isn’t quite the story some people are making it out to be, but it is also clear that in your attempt to be “different” you have taken this WAY too far in the other direction. It appears that you are very unhappy and feel the need to share that with others. While I have a great deal of pity for you, it certainly isn’t so much that I won’t call you out for your obnoxiousness.

    • Me

      July 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      Man he is a little kid… he learned a lesson… he did it willingly and without hesitation. He surely deserves plenty of credit for that. Excellent job Nicholas. Some people just love misery and misery loves company (Geoff). :(

    • Only the truth

      July 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      I totally agree with you. we always want to look much further than what really happened. He was TOLD to give the ball back. He’s a good listener. If it was up to him, he never would have given that ball to the younger fan.

      • Only the truth

        July 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        I have to say that the mom and Nicholas said thank u. maybe you can’t see nich right, but his bodylanguage makes it clear. and the mom gave thanks to Ian before turning to thank the worker!!

      • war_FF

        July 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

        No, i give credit to this kid. There have been a few of times where a ball has been hit/thrown to me (with my 2 yr old son) and bounced off and went to my neighbor. Did those aholes give it to me. NO! Clearly seeing that it would have went to my son…they continued on their way. So good job nicholas…you did a good thing (even if u were told so). These critics can shove those dikfalkes up their buttholes.

    • Bean

      July 22, 2011 at 1:32 am

      I don’t think any one is rushing to the Vatican, nobody even mentioned the kid being Catholic. Seriously though is it wrong to have a feel good moment or a story that for whatever reason ends up a win-win for everyone involved? Man, these are just little kids. It is not that serious but it is happier than most of the news stories we have read today, and who knows maybe it was a life changing event for one or both kids or even onlookers. I think this is a case of pick on someone your own size who deserves it. Besides aren’t you being just a little dramatic, I believe you have to be dead to become a saint, is that right? No disrespect to any Catholics, I am not Catholic so I am not positive about my last question. But your comment screams of sarcasm and despair. Turn that frown upside down, where is the love?

    • Frank

      July 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      If you look at the vid, the older boy was BEHIND the younger one given the direction the ball is thrown from. Also, we don’t hear any of the audio of whats being said in the stands. To say that the older boy was commanded or ordered or something is out of line. Not to mention the fact that he still didn’t have to give it back. No one made him do it. The employee probably just told him the ball wasn’t meant for him. The employee didn’t have the authority to make him do anything.

    • Dave

      July 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      After reading your comment I watched the video again and you need new glasses.
      I saw no one even suggest to the kid in red to return the ball.
      That was a first class act of sportsmanship.

  6. Die hard M's fan

    July 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I agree with Geoff on this. first off this older kid is the one that knocked the ball out of the younger boy’s glove in the first place, then you can clearly see by his expression he had no intentions of giving anything back to the younger boy. Looked like he only gave it back after somebody told him to do so. I was at a Mariners game earlier this season(long before there current 12 game skid) sitting behind the dugout with my 3 year old son and had a similar situation where an older kid(prob round 10 or 11ish) got a ball and turned and gave it to my son without any hesitation. That kid and his parents were trully a class act. The older boy recieved a standing ovation and my son carries that ball every day.

    • David

      July 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      Amazing that you can determine who, out of 3 people reaching for the ball, was responsible for knocking the ball “out of the younger boy’s glove.”

      The ball was headed straight towards the mom. The older kid was no further from it than the younger kid was. If anything, it was the mom’s ball. I would love to see the screenshot you pulled from this video that shows the ball in the younger kid’s glove.

      Then we see the older kid holding his glove out for the ball, while the younger kid throws a tantrum. That is probably the employee who handed the ball back up put it in the older kid’s glove.

      The only thing up for debate is the propriety of the park employee asking the older kid to give the ball back to someone who had only a questionable claim to it, at best. There was no violence involved here. No one took the ball from anyone else, and – despite your claims – the ball was never in anyone’s hands. It is just as likely that the mom prevented the younger boy from catching the ball as it is that the older boy did it or that the younger boy just really can’t catch.

      Yet another person getting so excited about their contrarian argument that they don’t bother checking to see if it makes sense first. More important to be different than correct, right?

  7. mervolaw

    July 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Not only am I proud of the kid, I’m proud of his parents who have succeeded in teaching the lad that the right thing is always the right thing. And to the D-backs for recognizing class when it sat in their stands.

    Now here’s hoping the IRS doesn’t try to tax this reward.

  8. hauts81

    July 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    the kid who gave up the ball should’ve gotten an invite into the broadcast booth, the tickets and the Upton bat. he got totally hosed.

  9. Bradley

    July 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Dude, did you even watch the video?

    The kid is getting yelled at by some employee of the team or security staff and he then returns it out of fear!

    Even the kids mom thanks the guy who is yelling at the first kid for getting her son the ball.

    Settle down, just a tad of hyperbole here!

  10. Gary

    July 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    GREAT kid!!! Mom and Dad should be proud!

  11. B.C.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    There are two things I want to say. 1. The kid in the red shirt would have not have given the ball to the little boy if he wasn’t told to do so. 2. The little brats mother should teach him to say thank-you (or did I miss it).

  12. windyblue

    July 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Mom and Dad should be very proud of their son. What a wonderful young man.
    He set an example for the adults who NEVER give the ball to a small child who caught it. They just take it and run. I am glad they rewarded this young man he deserves it. Great job to his mother and father for the way they have raise him.

  13. MRS

    July 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Ya, I’d have to argue against Ian “selflessly” giving up the ball, as the title of the blog suggests. It seems pretty clear that he only did so at the prompting of someone below. Though, I do admit, he didn’t *have* to give up the ball. He easily could have kept it, albeit at the scorning of those around him. I’m surprised more people haven’t commented on the lack of manners of Nicholas or his mother. His mother seemingly thanks the person below who alerts Ian of the mistake, but Nicholas just sits there. Doesn’t seem like anyone actually acknowledged Ian did the right thing until the sportscaster came down to talk to him and give him more free stuff.

  14. Barb

    July 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Great story but the hero’s kid’s name is Ian; Nicholas is the young kid who Ian gave the ball back to. I hope there’s a lot of adults who take a lesson from Ian…good job!

  15. Ashley

    July 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Some of you people are stupid. Watch the cideo closely and slowly. Ian stopped the ball from going any higher up the stands than it would have and knocked it down. His hat was the closest thing to the the hand that gave it back. Ian runs up the steps and is so excited to have it but sees the young boy and his heart grows three sizes that moment. No one told him to do it, he just did it. Hes a great kid.

    • Greenback

      July 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      As they say, some people will only see what they want to see, and you only see what the article told you to see.

  16. Caryn

    July 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Are you kidding me? They were BOTH trying to catch the ball… which is part of the fun, no? This kid didn’t “knock it out of the other kids glove.” And as soon as the park employee pointed it out to him, he brought it down and gave it to the younger kid. He didn’t have to do that. He made a good, mature choice. Kudos to him. I feel sad for you people that have to pick everything apart and force even good things to look bad. So silly.

  17. Katie

    July 21, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Do any of you naysayers remember what it was like to be a kid? The big kid didn’t set out to do a mean thing, he just wanted to get a game ball–like any other kid in the ballpark. When the guard told him that it was meant for the little guy, he chose to hand it over instead of ignoring the guard (like many brats would have done).

    As to those of you picking on the little guy for not saying thank you, cut the kid a break: it was a three second interraction and he was crying.

  18. tony

    July 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    STOP THE USHER MADE THE KID GIVE IT BACK TO THE YOUNGER KID…THE USHER IS THE REAL HERO!!!!

  19. roger davis

    July 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    good news for once that was it i like that.

  20. David

    July 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I LOVE Arizona we have some of the most classy people ya see anybody from Ohio doing this…………Nope to self serving and “entitled”

  21. windyblue

    July 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Ian did not have to listen to the usher, He could have kept walking and not givien the ball to Nicholas but he did not, he did the right thing. Adults would have not done that. I have seen many of them just grab the ball out of a small kids hands and keep it. Ian set an example, His parents raised him right. But I wonder where they were. Looked to me like he was at the game a lone, with his 2 buddies.
    His parents should still be proud of him, great kid.

  22. sprfligh

    July 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    This goes out to anyone dissing the kid who gave the ball back. You must be the lonely loser sitting at home in the dark with nobody to talk to,watching the 10 o clock news ,angry with your own life and what a pathetic existence it has become. This kid deserves a pat on the back and his parents deserve two pats for obviously raising him right. The recipient of the ball is a spoiled brat and his mother coddling him is an example of your neoparent who has instilled entitlement into our children.

    • Greenback

      July 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Nobody is dissing him. We are only stating the truth of what happened. It sounds like you are more bitter than anybody else on this forum. Turn on the light.

  23. Robert

    July 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Geez! enought with the second to second analyzing. Great gesture regardless of the ” real reasons” behind it.

  24. Sox

    July 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    This made my day. An usher pointed out that the ball was for the other kid? So what? As far as I could see, the kid in the red shirt didn’t pout or argue or do any of the things you’d expect a kid his age to do in the face of disappointment. He didn’t even hesitate. He turned around, walked right back, and handed the ball over. And it looked like he was smiling the whole time. I’m so glad the cameras were rolling. His parents SHOULD be proud.

  25. wO-Ody

    July 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Clearly, the boy in the red shirt was holding out his hat, and someone..(probably a ball player) dropped the baseball in his hat…Never did I see this kid steal or intercept the ball from the younger boy. I did see the disappointment when the younger boy did not get it instead. So what’s all the fuss all about? He didn’t do anything wrong? He did what an elder told him to…gave the ball to the younger boy probably because he’s well disciplined by his parents. Admirably he did what he was told. Still a good promotional story for baseball fanatics.

  26. BuckeyesRus

    July 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I’m just wondering when Pres. Obama’s IRS comes calling for the taxes on the bat and tickets that were given to the kid! LOL!

  27. sunny

    July 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    why don’t YOU ALL go friggen f@#k YOURSELVES. WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Harmful

      July 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      It’s people like you who have rotted away the meaning of the game. you can go take a flying leap off a tall building…. The sooner the better..

  28. sandy

    July 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    the boy in the red had a smile on his face even after he gave the ball away.i think that shows some great character. he didn’t fuss, didn’t get mad…he was told the ball was for the other kid. and he chose to do the right thing. he definitely got a lesson in paying it forward. good for him!

  29. dbacks fan

    July 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Hey, I saw the game… I do’nt care if the the kid was told ” It’s the right thing to do” or not. I still have faith in Arizona youth and Nic’s act just proves it!

  30. Amazed at everyone else

    July 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Wow, people are getting so into the tiniest details. There are comments on here about how you should look at the video down to the tenths of the second! Are you kidding me? Is everyone so negative that we can’t appreciate someone doing the right thing even if they are told to? I agree with the people who mention that this kid could have chosen not to listen to those who let him know that the ball wasn’t for him. Also, in the clip it mentions an adult woman (btw shame on her) that took a ball from a young child at a game not long before. When we are surrounded by people that are doing the wrong thing, we should celebrate those who do the right thing instead of complaining that it wasn’t right enough.

    • LouBrock3000

      July 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      THANK YOU!!! I agree with you 100%. Well done.

  31. yay!

    July 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    lol. I like the hissy fit the little kid threw when he didn’t get it. Oh well, I guess we need some heroes so I’ll drink the koolaid. Way to go! …but that usher definitely deserves some free goodies too.

    • Frank

      July 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      You call that a hissy fit? I’ve worked in childcare for years, and that’s not a hissy fit. That was a normal level of frustration just about anyone would express. As far as crying…he looks to be about five, that’s normal behavior, not hissy fit or being spoiled.

  32. Yay!

    July 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Upon further reflection I must say that the blundering usher could have prevented the whole fiasco by returning the ball to the rightful owner in the first place. But wait! What made the usher realize her mistake? Could there be a yet unidentified FOURTH hero in all this?? Someone who made her do the right thing? Hmm. And while we’re at it, why did the player just happen to toss the ball right where such a mistake could happen? Right into an area where a suspiciously well spoken kid who seems just a little to comfortable in front of the camera, and can name his two favorite players without hesitation (be honest, who can name two players on any pro baseball team) just happens to be standing? And conveniently all of this happens shortly after some evil “woman in Houston” does something terrible, presumably to a child, and I suspect none of us are aware of??? Yes? Yes. I rest…my …case

  33. Ellen S

    July 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    That boys parents deserve a standing ovation for teaching their child/children some class.
    Everyone is so often ready to ridicule but this young man deserves kudos for doing, and, especially, knowing what’s right.
    God Bless this young man and hopefully he will continue to grow into a kind and generous man.

  34. CDog

    July 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

    seriously, “he didn’t have to give it up”?

    no he didn’t, but you could tell by how quickly he reacted.. he wasn’t thinking about it, just instictively acting…

    does that show selflessness? not as much as fear/respect for perceived authority (legitimate or not)

    i don’t really see a heartwarming story here beyond the broadcasters making sure everyone involved got something… and even that seemed forced

    its stretching for a “heart warming moment”… you want a real, legit example… look for that video where a mentally challenged boy is singing the national anthem at a game, gets too nervous, starts laughing and loses his place… and the entire stadium starts singing to help him along… thats a legit moment

  35. Beth

    July 22, 2011 at 12:34 am

    My God you “adults” are a bunch of pissy pessimists on here, anyway…Whiny kid ended up with the ball after adult strong arms the kid who got it. Did the whiny kid deserve the ball? No not really. He didn’t even say thank you to the kid who gave it to him. All this proves is that the kid who gave the whiny kid the ball is a good guy. And the whiny kid will grow up to be just like the rest of today’s baseball fans who have no common decency. Note to editor re-check the friggin names of the kids, you have them backwards and Ian really does deserve credit here.

  36. joe douglas

    July 22, 2011 at 1:02 am

    That kid is definitley a CLASS ACT!! any way you slice it! He did the right thing and his parents should definitley be super porud of him. If he were my kid I would double his allowance right when he got home!

  37. Mommy Cortez

    July 22, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Okay Geniuses! Really? Are we really serious here? I am wondering now after reading so many of your comments about these kids and their awesome ability to settle their own situation in their own little way. Now, I have to ask myself? WHO ARE THE CHILDREN HERE? I see nothing but a bunch of adults picking apart a situation that is simply a kind and genuine gesture regardless of how you look at it. Really was the little boy obligated to give the ball back just because someone was telling him too? THE ANSWER TO THAT IS NO! What was the gentleman really going to do to him if he didn’t give the ball back? Not a damn thing right? I find it really amazing that so many adults have time to criticize the acts of two children that were obviously ok with the outcome. Now, the kid with red shirt gave the ball to the kid with the black shirt because HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, whether he was told or not the simple fact of the matter is, THAT HE GAVE IT BACK! Most kids would have given the guy below the bird and went on about their business! The key point here is that the little boy in the red shirt DID THE RIGHT THING NOT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN!!! This is the valid point here! HE HAD NO IDEA THEY WERE GOING TO GIVE HIM THESE THINGS……SO BACK OFF OF HIM! He has obviously been raised by a good set of parents who have instilled good morals and values and THAT IS WHAT SHOULD BE HONORABLE HERE!

  38. Chuck123

    July 22, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Classy act.. Classy kid !!

  39. windyblue

    July 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

    The boy in the green tee shirt, and yellow and green shorts, looks like Dad, is sitting behind him. This kid gave him some money. So, if that is Ian Dad? he did a great job of raising him. This video can give some adults, food for thought,
    when they go to a baseball game. And take a ball away from a small child.
    Ian your GREAT!!!! And so are your Parents!!!!!

  40. jason

    July 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

    wow i cant believe it the best thing in baseball this year (besides the jeter ball) i have been going to games all my life and this was one of the best things i ever seen.congrats to ian and ians parents(you raised one heck of a kid. this literaly brought tears to my eyes as i watched it. with youth changing so fast it is awesome to see a classy act like this from such a young person. and to the joe above who wrote the tantrum article, grow up! u act like you wouldnt have been upset if your favorite threw u a ball and u mishandled it in to someone elses hands, especially at his age. way to go ian! and thanks for showing the rest of us how it is done

  41. Brad

    July 22, 2011 at 10:20 am

    What kind of word do we live in where every little thing that happens needs to be scrutinized? The story is obviously that a young man did a nice thing for young child, not necessarily why he did it. I am sure that nobody here has ever done anything that they are not proud of, and maybe acted selfishly while going after what they wanted. I am 33 years old and still fight to get baseballs when I attend Triple A games for the Toledo Mud Hens. That is the great part about baseball, it can take you back to when you were a kid for a little while. Maybe the kid did “take” the ball from the other kid, but maybe he did not realize that he did that. Maybe, after security suggested that was what had happened, he realized what he had done and gave the ball to the “rightful” owner. I find this story similar to the guy who caught Jeter’s 3000th hit homerun ball. Did he have to give the ball back…no. Was it the right thing to do…YES! With all that is wrong with the world today, I find it refreshing to see that baseball’s young fans are doing things the right way!

  42. jason

    July 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

    notice the tigers cap…
    this is how my kids are being raised. good kid!

  43. TxJim

    July 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Either way you want to spin it, the usher did probably say that the ball was meant for Nicholas, but I for one, will be showing my son this video and using it as a rare example of what doing the right thing means. I can assure you- not every 7-10 yr old would take “being forced” to give that ball up as well as Ian.
    Even if it was not entirely all his doing, you gotta believe Ian will remember the lesson for the rest of his life and hopefully do the right thing a little more than he would have before the game. The crew did a great thing here by burning that idea in there. The world is a bit better because of it.

  44. Aynon Moss

    February 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Adults can learn a thing or two from young children.

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