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Local news sites have been buzzing about the little boy who didn’t get what he wanted at last night’s Rangers v. Yankees game. Mitch Moreland tossed a foul ball in the general direction of the kid. It was retrieved instead by the man sitting next to said toddler. This adult was clearly a child-hating monster, because he gave the ball to his girlfriend/wife instead. What about the children?!

I’m not one of those middle-aged people who goes on and on about how entitled today’s kids are. (I grew up with a helluva lot more middle-class privilege than my parents did). But there’s no reason the adult who caught Moreland’s ball was obligated to give it to the todder. Maybe the man was a crazy Rangers fan and really cherished his catch, which, if handed over to the crying boy, was far more likely to be prized by the parents. Do they deserve a ball just for procreating? Methinks not. Childless people unite! And let’s tell parents: We are responsible for your kids’ public safety if they’re in danger, but not for their moment-to-moment happiness.

And, of course, another player tossed another ball to the kid. Overprivileged toddlers!

3 COMMENTS

  1. “But there’s no reason the adult who caught Moreland’s ball was obligated to give it to the todder. Maybe the man was a crazy Rangers fan and really cherished his catch, which, if handed over to the crying boy, was far more likely to be prized by the parents. Do they deserve a ball just for procreating? Methinks not.” Agreed!! I like kids…but I love my Rangers! If I got my hands on a ball it’d be ALL MINE! The guy didn’t reach over and wrestle the kid to the ground for it. He caught it fair and square. He and his wife/girlfriend were genuinely excited with smiles on their faces too, not ho-hum or disinterested that they’d snagged a keepsake. With the Rangers increased popularity baseball isn’t just for the young and placating other people’s children. It’s for everybody!

  2. That whining crybaby kid didn’t deserve a ball. If a kid acts like a brat and screams and throws a tantrum to get what he wants, and then you give it to him, you just encouraged horrible behavior. If I were that kid’s dad, I would have made him throw back that second ball. Then I would have spanked him and put him in timeout for the rest of the game.

  3. Mel and sass are wrong. It’s a stinking toddler! Give him the ball! Why ruin it for your kid? That couple is horrible and a disgrace. I would give the kid the ball. I’m not a MONSTER!

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