It's rare that I'll use any of my writing platforms for anything extraneous, but tonight I want to use the reach this site has to point out some pretty cool fans sitting near us today.
We were in row 2 of section 207 and had a family with young children up the row from us. We were in prime area to catch balls from the right fielder and ball girl after the warm up catch game that occurs every half-inning.
There was a family down the row from us and the dad of the youngsters had his glove out and had a ball headed his way when the guy in front of him jumped up and snagged it.
A few innings later, the group of five or so younger teenage guys in front of us caught the ball girl's attention and got a ball tossed their way. One of them biffed it and one of the others made a beautiful snag over the railing to save it from dropping below.
The next inning, I notice the two tipsy 20-something couples sitting behind the family talking and pulling out wallets. Then, one of them comes and sits next to me, taps the teenager with the baseball on the shoulder and offers him some money to give the ball to the young boy down my row, which the teenager did immediately. The guy from behind me wouldn't take no for an answer, so the teen kept the money.
A little while later, one of the other teens caught another ball and gave it to the little boy's sister and the first teen gave the couples their money back.
There are so many stories of rowdy, drunk, dumb fans out there, I was pretty impressed with what I saw tonight and I thought these folks deserved some props. If there were a way I could have given the teens sort of "reward" they would have accepted, I would have. So instead, I have to hope one of them reads BCB.