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Older fan takes baseball from kid, Cubs step up to make his day

Posted: 6:30 AM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-23 13:42:20Z

The Chicago Cubs helped make a young fan's day after the boy was robbed of a souvenir by an older fan.

During the fourth inning of the Cubs' games against St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Sunday, first base coach Will Venable tried to toss a souvenir ball to a boy in the first row. However, the boy dropped the ball and it rolled under his seat.

A middle-aged man behind the boy grabbed the ball and handed it to the woman sitting next to him. With the game televised nationally, Twitter quickly shared its disappointment with the older fan for not giving the ball to the young boy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily, the young fan didn't go home empty-handed. He ended up with a ball, along with an extra ball signed by star second baseman Javier Báez.

 

 

That didn't stop baseball fans from continuing to lambast the older fan. But according to David Kaplan, a Chicago sports talk radio and TV host, the older fan may not be the villain he was made out to be.

"The man who grabbed the ball on the widely seen video had actually already helped the little boy get a ball earlier," Kaplan tweeted. "The young man has a game used ball and a Javy Baez ball. All is well. Guy is A-OK so let it go people."

 

 

No matter what happened in the stands, Cubs fans still went home happy — they beat their arch-rivals 7-2.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.