Friday, July 22, 2011
I originally saw this video through Yahoo! News, which billed it as “Little boy's heartwarming act at game.” It’s an accurate enough description, and it’s always good to see a kid do the right thing, but I couldn’t help thinking how sad it is that a kid doing the right thing is rare enough that it ends up being a big deal. Maybe it was because of the other incident they refer to a few times.
It’s true that baseball, and baseball commentary in particular, is often overly sentimental, even mawkish, so this could be dismissed as just another example. I guess we’d probably get sick of it if there were a lot of similar stories in the news, but maybe such behaviour would be more common if we saw it more often—sort of people rising to meet expectations. Maybe not.
At any rate, this is the first time I’ve ever posted an MLB video. Sports isn’t exactly one of my core subject areas, after all—but people are. It’s nice to talk about someone doing a good thing for a change.