To the Kid Who Cried Even Though He Was Never Close To Catching This Foul Ball ...

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Dear Kid Who Missed the Catch and Started Crying So Was Given Another Ball:

Man up.

The truth is, you never even had it. You weren't even close. Your arms are too short, for one. For two, you're in the twilight of your infancy. If you were honest with yourself, you'd admit that you'll never remember last night. All you could've done was make that super-attractive lady's night worse.

And the gratuitous show you put on, weeping and begging for the ball afterward? C'mon, son. This is the YouTube era. You shamed yourself, and probably even your progeny. By the way, the second ball the ball boy threw to you? That trinket? That was the spectator's equivalent of a participation medal. There's no story to that ball. No glory.

Take it from me, kid. You don't want to get in the habit of racking up participation medals. Not this early in life. Next time you go to a Rangers game, you take that ball with you and you crawl up to that pitying ball boy and you shove it down his goddamn throat.

This is Texas, son. We don't take handouts.

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mmarks
mmarks

Hilarious article. I agree ... the dad should have used this as a "teachable moment" to help his kid understand he won't always get everything he wants, especially if he screams for it. As for the viral YouTube video, I hope somebody saves it for his high school graduation party.

Sharonam57
Sharonam57

Are you kidding me !!!!!I think you are nuts to write this!!Bulling this child like this is so not grown up !I think this whole issue has been blown out of control !! Leave it to the media to keep dragging it on and on ! You should be assamed of yourself ! Leave the child , the parents and the couple aline already!Grow up !! All of you !!!

Christie
Christie

 Yeah you did really good bashing a little kid *notes sarcasm* Why are you even putting your two cents in ....I can't even begin to fathom why you wish to bad mouth a kid.....I think your a cold-hearted b*stard.

Bobs
Bobs

I have been to more than 100 MLB games in my life, and have caught only one ball in all that time.  Here's how it happened. At an Oakland vs. Angels baseball game, I got a foul ball off the bat of Tony Armas.  

I was sitting in the upper deck, behind home plate,  with my nephew who was about 10 at the time.  We saw some other people catch a fould ball near us, and he kept insisting that he wanted one too.   He kept crying and whining, and this went on for 5 innings, about wanting to catch a foul ball. All this time, several foul balls were coming up behind home plate, just exasperating him all the more. I asked him if he thought he was sitting in a lucky seat that would get a foul ball. And then he started complaining that he wanted to sit in my seat, because he thought a foul ball would get hit to my seat.  I really love the rationale of how kids' minds work.

Ok so we switched seats, after 3 innings I had about all i could take of my nephew's whining and crying.  But it kept going.  So we traded seats again, becuase now he wanted his orginal seat back.   We get to the 8th inning, and he insists we trade seats again, so we traded seats.   I sat in his seat, and him in mine.  About 5 minutes later a foul ball was launched and through the hands of people seated in front of me,  bounding up until, it landed right in my lap!  Well you can imagine the crying that started. My nephew was just screaming.  "hey- that should have been mine!".  Do you think I gave him that ball? 

Dyce1809
Dyce1809

It wasn't a foul ball..... Mitch Moreland threw the ball into the crowd... where is the ripping of the old man who kept that "participation medal" instead of giving it to the toddler?

Mike_in_tex
Mike_in_tex

News flash.  Next Saturday is Bring your whiny kid to the Ballpark and the Rangers are giving away 30,000 baseballs to every kid that cries whenever a ball is tossed into the stands by a ballgirl.  Greg is right on this one.  The mother even said on several national morning talk showsthat the couple tried to give the ball to the kid after they realized he was upset but she refused, saying he can't learn to cry every time he doesn't get what he wants.  And all of you who disagree, screw you.

Clbeard1021
Clbeard1021

Wow....a new low Observer....talking shit about a little kid. Hope you are proud!

Kava
Kava

Oh cute kid.

billmarvel
billmarvel

I want to write like Greg Howard when I grow up.

Daniel
Daniel

The ball that the ball-boy threw him had a picture on it of Tinkerbell boffing a light-switch. That ought to put hair on his chest!

Brenda London-Thomas
Brenda London-Thomas

I'm a woman and I would do it to a kid. It's a once in a lifetime catch and why does some snotty spoiled kid deserve it? Just because he cries? Get real! He's got more games in life to attend then that couple, has left in life!

Stop making kids feel/believe they are entitled to every item they want! That's what all of you are suggesting when you say give it to him! So what if he cries for several minutes or an hour, he won't recall it or miss the importance of the catch in his probably very spoiled life with it's overflow of toys. That couple/or I would at this point in life and cherish that token.

Children need to learn to face disappointment, hey it's part of life and the sooner they get use to not always getting what they want when they want the better person they will be and the better society will be for it. That's the problem we face now. Youth feeling entitled and instant gradification due to lazy parenting that failed to teach them life lessons. Like the simple ones "it's not all about you!" And " You want win them all".

All of you GROW UP!

Ed D.
Ed D.

The CBS11 story has this fascinating bit of info from the father of the toddler: Kyle Shores says they had moved into the seats a few innings before, and that when they’ve been that close Cameron has had balls thrown to him. "He’s three, so there might have been the expectation that every time he goes down there he gets a ball."

Yes, that's right, not only did the parents move down better seats they didn't pay for but the kid already has several Rangers baseballs from doing this before. This isn't a treasured souvenir kept heartlessly from an innocent child, it's just another ball to be added to their growing pile. He expects to get a ball this way every time he goes down there.

My sympathy for the kid has dropped from "low" to "sub-zero".

Whitneyfilsinger
Whitneyfilsinger

He's a little boy! Plenty of time for him to "man up" and behave like the other douchey idiots out there. Some of you STILL sound like babies. Sheesh!

todd
todd

If I was that kid's dad, I would be mortified that my kid had learned a sense of entitlement and to cry when he didn't get his way. 

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

Fun fact: Greg really does call you "son" when he's getting real with you. Even if you're a woman. It's oddly effective. 

guest
guest

You had me at "this is Texas son.."

Id4tyler
Id4tyler

To Greg Howard: The author of this article,

Your a Prick!

Josh Davis
Josh Davis

It's a toddler.  He might have cried that the ball went left vs right.  The whole "Man Up" is offensive.  Expecting too much of toddlers.  If it was a teen, maybe, but I hope the kid pokes you in the eye, kicks your shin, and calls you a big meanie.  You know, right before nap time.

Annie
Annie

I'm a Ranger fan.  And I'm a mom.  If one of the Rangers tosses a ball in my direction I'm going for it.  And I will keep it.  It will mean a heck of a lot more to me than to a child that doesn't care whether it is that ball or a ball thrown from the dugout.  His ball will end up in the dirt in the backyard.  Mine would be on display with my autographed baseballs and my bobbleheads.  I just don't think it is right that there is some unwritten rule an adult is required to had a ball over to a child. 

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

Kid needed to learn you don't get everything you want - even if you cry for it.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

so busy that I missed this one today. As a dad with 3 boys that has been to more than his fair share of baseball games, some observations.1. the kid didn't pay for a seat, he was in his dad's lap.2. the parents didn't seem to be upset about it, so I don't know why other people are. 3. In the 8th inning, my kids were in bed. They did watch the game before bed, but school night is school night. At 3 if they were up past their bedtime, they'd cry if you looked at them wrong.4. Fuck those self entitled announcers. Those people got a ball thrown into the stands. It's not like they stormed Greene's Hill to rip a home run ball from a kid.

There's so much overreaction on this. I'm fine with kids being given participation trophies, it reminds them that they even played a sport at a young age. Not everyone gets a home run ball or a foul ball, that's just the way things are. Also, I'm pretty sure if that would have happened to me, as thankful as I would have been for the obligatory ball from the usher, that's drawing more attention to me than I'd really care for.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

You telling me that a three year old kid was crying? Shit! I know all these brave, dumb ass mouth breathers posting on this board(myself included), never ever, cried when we was three years old.....right? Heck, I know thinking and all is getting tougher with the weather warming up outside, but go inside, get a cool drink, and put your foot back in your mouth....that way the idiotic crap a good majority of y'all are spewing right now, won't come out too fast in order to think it over before hitting that "post as" button. 

primi timpano
primi timpano

Is not three years old a little young for a major league baseball game?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

i once got drilled by a puck at a Stars game, some kid jacked the puck.  his dad sent him down to give me the puck, because I got hit by it.  When the stars rep. came to see if I was ok, i asked that since the kid returned the puck to me, was there any way they could get a signed puck for the nice kid who gave the puck back.  He ended up with a eddie belfour signed puck. 

I look at it this way, my dad caught a foul ball for me when I was 3, the only reason I know is that he told me.  Ive never caught a foul in my life, so if Im lucky enough to grab one, Im certainly not launching back on the field if it was a HR and id be hard pressed to just hand it over to some youngster crying

cp
cp

Soooo..... who won the game?

Tyler Hurst
Tyler Hurst

You want a ball? Catch one. 

End of story.

Unless you get hit in the face. That's a gray area.

Jena
Jena

I am amazed by all the comments. Seriously making fun of the dad that died last year trying to get a ball for his son? This kid is 3 years old! For all of you to be talking shit like this, proves that you are all childless assholes or won the parent of the year award! What 3 year old doesn't cry when something is taken away? Some 3 year olds don't even know their own names or what city they live in. 

Dumb People
Dumb People

I never knew Dallas people were so self centered and stupid to actually cut down a 2 year old kid like these comments are doing.  You all MUST be Cowboy fans to actually think like this.  

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Did you actually read the comments? Most of us have the same view as you.

Pete Kotz
Pete Kotz

Three-year-olds like this are what's totally wrong with this world. They're so shameless. They want everything for free. Has this kid ever held a job or contributed in any meaningful way to society?

I'm not even going to get into all that's wrong with a young family man moving down to expensive seats he can't afford. If he wants to sit near the field, why doesn't he just make way more money so he can buy those seats himself?

Finally, let's talk about all the waste in Major League Baseball. The Rangers think they can just throw balls around as if they grow on trees. What? Do the Rangers think they're the Obama administration?

Everything about this story is disgusting. But mostly the kid. What a total freeloader.

whycertainly!
whycertainly!

It's crazy, ain't it? A three year old crying over not getting a ball? Probably a future Occupy Wall St. pinko!

whycertainly!
whycertainly!

Yeah, it doesn't take much to get a Texan's admiration.....son!

Grammar_Police
Grammar_Police

 Dear Id4tyler,

Go back to third grade...YOU'RE the prick!!!

just sayin'
just sayin'

I'm with you, dude. Ive been to tons of Rangers games over the years and have never come close to getting a ball. I'm not going to steamroll some kid to get one, but if one comes right to me and I catch it I'll be damned if I am just handing it to some random kid around me. Crying or not.

Having said that, unless it was a defensive catch to keep from getting plunked in the head, I would have never even tried to catch a dead ball toss from fucking Mitch Moreland.

Unrulychik
Unrulychik

Seriously.... you made me L O L!!!!!  (A bunch!)

Sad Texan
Sad Texan

Thank you for say what I couldn't find the words to say. Why is the news media is fanning this so much?

JS
JS

The kid never had it, so nothing was taken away from him. If I would have been that guy, I would have the ball up in the kid's face and yelled, "Suck it!" Then I would have loudly announced that later I was going to be banging this hot MILF that I took to the game. Not really...I would have given the ball to the kid. But your holier than thou attitude needs to go!

Unrulychik
Unrulychik

I'm totally insulted!!  I would never lower myself to the depths of being a Cowboy fan.... how dare you!!

cp
cp

Pray tell, from what enlightened palace do you hail that you're reading AND commenting on this site?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

like yankee fans are the most kind and considerate people in the world.  gofucyourself

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I don't know how to reply. I feel insulted, but I also agree that Cowboys fans are pretty stupid...

News Media
News Media

We fan it because our first priority is to grasp at straws.

Sad Texan
Sad Texan

 Maybe that most of these comments are made by thoughtless fools.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

you obviously dont read this blog or paper very often do you?

Jena
Jena

Ding Ding Ding!!!! 

Writing an article to a 3 year old (who loves the Rangers) and was upset he didn't get a ball, is childish in itself. 

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