The Washington Nationals hosted the Oakland A’s on Thursday, and it appears that one fan ruined the night for a group of little girls in the stands.
A video that has now gone viral shows a grown man stealing a ball thrown at a group of young girls, then walking away as the girls looked stunned at what had just happened.
The video appears to show Nationals right fielder Joey Meneses tossing the ball into the stands between inning towards a group of five little girls who were calling for the ball before the man swooped in and caught it.
The woman who posted the video asked the Nationals if they could send her daughter a signed ball after the man stole the ball meant for her.
“Grown man steals baseball from a little girl. @Nationals can you get Joey Meneses to sign a baseball and send it to my daughter? ⚾️
— Gina Hilliard (@GinaHilliard33) September 2, 2022
Fans were immediately angry at the grown man for stealing the ball from the young girls.
Who does this ? https://t.co/D3SlYLh4AL
— Angelica Thornton (@AngelicaKATU) September 7, 2022
Sometimes I really hate people. https://t.co/J3QrYzvMZL
— Todd Hallidy (@ToddHallidy) September 6, 2022
That dude is a d-bag https://t.co/p11LUjrEks
— Drunken Ninja (@Drunken_Ninja) September 7, 2022
The Washington Nationals have already announced that they’re going to be sending the girl a signed ball after seeing the video of the incident.
hey Gina! Mind giving us a follow and we'll send you a DM?
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 6, 2022
Update: The mother says the Nationals apologized to the girls in the video and are going to send them a care package.
Thank you @Nationals for reaching out and apologizing to hear that our experience that night was negatively impacted. They are sending something our way and hope that this can serve as a symbol of a good experience at the park rather than a bad one! ❤️⚾️
— Gina Hilliard (@GinaHilliard33) September 7, 2022