Last Wednesday night at Chase Field in Arizona, Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks tossed a ball to a young fan in the front row wearing a Brewers shirt after the third inning ended. Unfortunately, that young Brewers fan dropped the ball, and when security retrieved it, they gave it to a different young boy, who happened to be a fan of the hometown Diamondbacks.
The young Diamondbacks fan was excited to get his hand on a baseball and was heading back to his seat a few rows back. However, when he realized (with the help of an usher) that the ball was actually intended for the younger Brewers fan in the front row, he realized what he had to do, and he gave his ball to the young Brewers fan.
The Diamondback fan, whose name is Ian, was rewarded for his unselfish act:
It was "the right thing to do" Ian later told the D'Backs field reporter.
For his generosity, Ian was rewarded with a trip to the announcers booth to meet [Daron] Sutton and [Mark] Grace, tickets to a future game and an autographed bat from Justin Upton his favorite Diamondbacks player.It's unfortunate that not all Diamondbacks fan are this nice. Just last month, Melvin Mora tossed a foul ball to a woman in the front row behind the dugout, and a guy from the second row wrestled it out of her hand.
That guy could learn a lesson from young Ian. I think we all can.
UPDATE 8/3/11: These young fans were guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Play of the day! Selfless young fan returns ball to upset boy [Big League Stew]
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