By now you have probably seen the video of that young Rangers fan crying hysterically after he failed to snag a ball that a player tossed into the stands earlier this week. Mitch Moreland threw the ball into the stands, it hit the ground, and a happy couple wound up with it. The boy, three-year-old Cameron Shores, was devastated. He soon forgot about the first ball when the team gave him another ball later in the game, and WFAA in Dallas has reported that he is thrilled with the ball he now has.
The couple who was has been vilified, however, is not happy. Sean Leonard and Shannon Moore are getting married this weekend. This should be one of the most exciting weeks of their lives, but instead they have seen their faces all over the news and been labeled horrible people. That is unfair, they say, since they had no idea that the young boy was upset.
“I love children, I would never hurt someone,” Moore said. “It’s very hurtful, especially when you know you wouldn’t intentionally hurt somebody or hurt their feelings. Especially when it’s a little-bitty toddler.”
“My fiance Shannon and I were honestly unaware of the situation of the little boy sitting next to us last night since we were so caught up in the excited and moment of being at our first Ranger’s baseball game together,” Leonard wrote in a statement.
In fact, the soon-to-be married couple wants an apology from Yankees announcer Michael Kay, who lambasted them during the YES broadcast on Wednesday night.
“I think (Michael Kay) owes us an apology,” Leonard said. “He took an event and sensationalized it, threw it out there, never checked or validated the facts.”
Kay wasn’t the only one. The entire internet — LBS included — has been roasting the couple all week. While it is possible that they were so overjoyed that they didn’t see the crying boy, it still looks pretty bad no matter how you look at it. Someone was able to spot the child from on the field and decided to give him a ball later in the game because of it, but somehow the couple sitting directly next to him knew nothing about it? Whether intentional or not, you can bet your you-know-what that Leonard and Moore will pay closer attention next time a foul ball comes their way.