Cubs superfan defends stealing walk-off HR ball from kids
A Chicago Cubs superfan has gone on the defensive over becoming a target of ire after footage showed him stealing a walk-off home run ball away from a couple of nearby kids during a recent game.
The Cubs fan in question, known as “Mai Tai Guy,” is a well-known figure at Wrigley Field. His actions while securing Kyle Schwarber’s walk-off home run ball in the 10th inning that propelled the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night have made him the subject of scorn on social media.
As Schwarber’s long ball cleared the fence in the left-center bleachers, “Mai Tai Guy” reaches over the extended arms of two children to secure the home run ball.
We’ll take this dinger to go, please.#Walkoff #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/LXsaCKzuHA— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 17, 2019
“Mai Tai Guy,” identified as Chris Sorley in an interview with the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan, defended himself and his actions despite the backlash to his antics.
Mai Tai Guy won’t back down. Every man and boy for himself on home run balls in the Wrigley bleachers. pic.twitter.com/DZCsHfhANx— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) July 17, 2019
“All the kids are in the front row because we let them go there,” Sorley said. “You know what I’m saying? (Schwarber’s homer) is a gamer. You know the rules here. The Cubs can’t be responsible for the action of fans when trying to procure a home run or a foul ball. A walk-off home run? It’s kind of anyone’s game. I feel bad for the kids, but it looked a lot worse than it really was.”
It’s clear Sorley has no remorse whatsoever over his actions, and clearly feels completely justified in doing what he did. Further, it’s not the first time an adult has snatched the ball away from a youngster at a ball game, and it obviously will not be the last.
After all, the dogged pursuit of such coveted souvenirs at ballgames — and what happens during such instances — has long captivated the baseball world.