Some adults never quite grow out of their selfish child phase.
At the Big Ten baseball tournament in Omaha this past Sunday, during a game between University of Minnesota and Ohio State, a Minnesota player popped a foul ball into the stands. Two people ran for it: a young Ohio State fan and a much older Iowa State fan, which, notably, wasn’t even playing that game.
The adult Iowa State fan managed to grab the ball right out from under the child and celebrated all the way back to his seat! (Watch to the end):
As the game’s announcers predicted, Twitter immediately piled onto the adult fan for failing to give the ball to the young fan.
— Todd Croy (@tcgobucks) May 26, 2019
On behalf of all Hawkeye fans…….he doesn’t represent us at all.
— Paul Rosenberg (@Rosey0316) May 26, 2019
This Iowa fan did not do a good job representing his alma mater this day.
If you want to make the internet hate you, be mean to a child.
He should feel ashamed for doing that, knowing the boy was going for it as well…..He was an JERK for keeping the ball
— Kelly P (@brwneyedbrat) May 26, 2019
To be fair, he's an Iowa fan. This ball may be the best thing that's ever happened to him.
— Bryan Campbell (@bryanccampbell) May 26, 2019
Fortunately, the young Ohio State fan got the last laugh. After hearing about his situation, the whole Ohio State team signed a new ball and made sure it got into his hands.
— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioStateBASE) May 26, 2019
I'm watching the game- the announcers just said that the Ohio State baseball team gave the kid a signed ball. I'm not a Buckeye fan but that was a class act, guys!
— Brad Koenig (@MavsLaker) May 26, 2019
Though that doesn’t excuse the older Iowa fan’s behavior!
I would even give that ball to a young michigan fan if that was me
— Bailey Zellner (@Royal_Bay11) May 26, 2019
The whole incident caused many people online to think back to other foul ball incidents, some heartwarming, others embarrassing.
He must be trying to get even for this Husker stealing a home run ball from an Iowa kid Saturday 😁 pic.twitter.com/75KABXaTdU
— Doug9586 (@doug9586) May 26, 2019
When going to a baseball game, DON'T be this guy. pic.twitter.com/pAeiRN6Q2X
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 22, 2018
The true test of a person’s character is whether or not they’ll give away their foul ball.
— nycphotog (@nycphotog) May 27, 2019
Never sit next to a kid at a baseball game. They’ll guilt you into giving them the foul ball.
— Travis Fugette (@tfugette92) May 23, 2019
There’s nothing quite like baseball, the only sport where literally anyone might catch the next pop fly!
Radio Announcer For Minor League Team Catches Foul Ball And Gives Play-By Play pic.twitter.com/z8877kAbas
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) May 20, 2019
And take a lesson from that announcer: if you do catch a foul and there’s a kid nearby, don’t be a jerk. Give them the ball and the special memory that goes with it. There are rules in baseball, and some should not need to be written.