ATLANTA - Taking your glove to a baseball game is a tradition as old as singing, “Take Me out to the Ballgame.”
But after an encounter at Wednesday night’s Atlanta Braves-Pittsburgh Pirates game at SunTrust Park, one fan might rethink bringing the leather to the ballpark.
It was the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Braves were leading 4-3. Rio Ruiz hit a ball down the right field line. It was close, but it was a fair ball.
That’s when a fan reached over the outfield wall with his glove and snagged the ball.
The fan immediately turned around and handed the ball to a young kid who looked to be no older than 4 or 5 years old.
At that moment, a security guard jumped over the fence and aggressively motioned to eject the fan from the stadium.
Then he took the ball from the kid -- from a kid!
The announcer on the television broadcast could be heard saying, “Come on fella, do the right thing. Give that ball back to the kid.”
If an umpire wants to call fan interference, that’s fine. But taking the ball from a young fan. That’s just not right.
According to ESPN, the Braves gave the boy an autographed baseball and invited him to a game in June to celebrate his birthday. The Braves said the man was allowed to return to his seat.
After the play, the Braves would go on to be outscored 9 to 1 and lose the game 12-5 in extra innings.
ICYMI: A fan grabbed a fair ball and gave it to a kid ... and the kid had it taken away. https://t.co/dQHXMY95nU— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 25, 2017
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