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.