White Sox make amends to fan who had ball stolen from him
A young Chicago White Sox fan who was victimized by a fellow fan earlier this week received first-class treatment from the team during a return to the ballpark.
Ryan Baker, 15, was invited back to Guaranteed Rate Field for Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins after a souvenir ball he corralled during a game Monday was snatched away by an adult.
The incident occurred during the sixth inning when a foul ball landed in the seats down the left-field line. Baker retrieved the ball from under some seats. When a woman seated nearby appeared to ask to see the ball, she took it and refused to return it.
“She pries my fingers, takes the ball and says it’s her ball because it almost hit her. I was in disbelief,” Baker said of the incident, via WGN-TV.
In light of the baffling and inexplicable incident, Baker received VIP treatment from the White Sox Thursday. He met White Sox players on the field and even hung out in the broadcast booth.
White Sox Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing Brooks Boyer said the team simply was tying to make things right for Baker.
“A young man had a ball taken from him,” Boyer sad. “We just wanted to correct that wrong.”