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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NYDN: Fan at Mets game lets kid in stroller roll downhill so he can catch ball

“Mom’s not happy.”

In Monday’s spring training game between the Mets and Marlins, Chris Young laced a ground-rule double into the right-center field gap, and as the ball rolled into a picnic area, one fan let go of a wagon holding his kid and tried to retrieve the ball.

The wagon went rolling down the hill and crashed into the fence. The fan didn’t even come away with the ball, either.

 

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fans, marlins, mets, souvenirs

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   1. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:29 AM (#4669403)
If he is truly the biological father it doesn't sound like a noteworthy incident.
   2. sinicalypse Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4669407)
meh, he can always claim to his wife that he swears he saw alex ochoa and he'll be forgiven. alex ochoa has that kind of power over mets fans.
   3. GregD Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:47 AM (#4669411)
crashed looks like an overplay.

I credit the dad for the quick reaction and--it looks to me--the clean grab at the last minute.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:51 AM (#4669415)
Watching helplessly as things go downhill is what being a Met fan is all about.
   5. sinicalypse Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM (#4669420)
holy mother of lol #4 should be up for a primey, i say! thanks for the clubhouse leader in my "best laugh of the day" department
   6. There are no words... (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4669421)
[4 & 5] Even better: guy & kid are wearing Marlins shirts...
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4669427)
Seconded on the primey for #4.
   8. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4669440)
Thirded on the primey for #4...

Still, it looks like Dad caught the kid and all is good. I'm so paranoid with my kids in public spaces that I seem to be hyper aware of their surroundings all the time, but I could still see something like this happening.
   9. Jeltzandini Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM (#4669448)
Fell well short of Untouchables/Battleship Potemkin scenario implied by headline.
   10. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4669463)
Had to add this:

True story: One time when my wife was at a conference in San Diego, I took my boys to the Zoo (we've had passes for years). My oldest was about 2 and my (now middle) was 4 or 5 months old. The 2 year old took off on me (he wasn't in the stroller at the time) and the sheer panic of having to choose between leaving my baby behind or chasing my other baby was almost crippling. I did end up grabbing the oldest while a couple of grandmother types stuck around the stroller, but that was some scary stuff.
   11. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4669470)

From the headline I was picturing a baby in a stroller. But that's not a stroller in the video, and the kid is not a baby.
   12. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM (#4669474)
if:

I had a very similar experience in that the girls were 3 and 2 and the oldest boy at the time was in diapers. so I was taking them with me to an auction and the 2 girls hopped out of the truck and immediately began to race off. I yelled 'stop' and it was pretty d8mn funny watching the girls fall to the ground like they had hit by sniper fire. I was complimented by several parents on how they wish their kids would respond like that. anyway, I corralled them and we had a good day watching the animal auction and them filling up on popcorn and the like

the version told to their mother is that yes they had a good time though dad 'yelled at us for walking'.

that story always sticks with me. yelling at them for walking. sure.

   13. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: March 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4669479)
Jesus, I was expecting some untouchables thing. The kid looks like he's like five or six years old. Talk about no big deal. He should be out running around anyway. Why the eff is he in that stupid cart?

Have a one year old. Stroller hasn't been used in six months. Abominations, those damn things.
   14. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM (#4669497)
I think the kid was about 2 or 3ish (I have a wagon that is similar in size).

I just figure I may as well add "more funny parent stories". Most of the crap that my kids have done to themselves has been stuff I could have barely prevented. We got a new fridge a few years back and somehow my oldest cut his finger on a piece of ice. We had to go to urgent care for that one. Best part is he had an allergic reaction to the tape they used, so that was awesome. He also has a scar above his eye because of a gash he got when he ran into the car door one day.

His brother got a concussion a few weeks ago because they were screwing around after a shower. I told them to go in their room and put undies on while I was dressing their sister and the next thing I heard was a giant thump and loud screaming. He had an egg on his head and black eyes for quite some time. Ooh, and another awesome one. Our Odyssey has the automatic side doors thingy and he decided it would be a good idea to stick his hand into while it was closing.

The crazy thing is that my oldest has had more freak injuries and he is my cautious kid. His brother is my more reckless kid and I am shocked that we haven't had a broken bone with him.

(just to add color to the story, my boys are 21 months apart.. oldest will be 6 in June, his brother will be 4 next week, and my baby girl just turned 1).
   15. AROM Posted: March 11, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4669586)
True story: One time when my wife was at a conference in San Diego, I took my boys to the Zoo (we've had passes for years). My oldest was about 2 and my (now middle) was 4 or 5 months old. The 2 year old took off on me (he wasn't in the stroller at the time) and the sheer panic of having to choose between leaving my baby behind or chasing my other baby was almost crippling. I did end up grabbing the oldest while a couple of grandmother types stuck around the stroller, but that was some scary stuff.


Why can't you just go after older boy while pushing the stroller? If it were me, woe be the person who couldn't get out of the stroller's path fast enough.
   16. AROM Posted: March 11, 2014 at 01:22 PM (#4669587)
Really though, 15 posts and nobody says his children should be taken away?

Getting slow, BBTF.

Too obvious?
   17. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: March 11, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4669592)
No need, let gravity do the work.
   18. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 11, 2014 at 01:31 PM (#4669595)

Why can't you just go after older boy while pushing the stroller? If it were me, woe be the person who couldn't get out of the stroller's path fast enough.


When you are in the middle of it, that isn't how you think. How many kids do you have AROM? Rationally, yeah, I could have pushed my younger kid, but I felt I needed to sprint after the oldest boy at the time.

Rationally, my kid in the stroller wasn't going anywhere.
   19. Bitter Mouse Posted: March 11, 2014 at 01:50 PM (#4669606)
When you are a parent sometimes you play man-to-man coverage and sometimes zone, it all depends on how the numbers work out.

Halloween was always fun, because I would stay home and the ex would take the boys. I will never forget the image across the street of the youngest (as pumpkin) dashing off, while the eldest (cow) insisted on going on all fours (hello, he was a COW!), and the ex torn, trying to cover both alone. Good times!
   20. AROM Posted: March 11, 2014 at 03:31 PM (#4669687)
How many kids do you have AROM?


Just so happens I have 2 - ages 5 and 3. Yeah, I can understand the panic. We all react differently.
   21. AROM Posted: March 11, 2014 at 03:37 PM (#4669699)
In my case, the older one is more timid, she won't wander off much. But the little one - if she sees something interesting she's off, and yelling alone won't bring her back. Maybe I just don't have Harvey's yell. Maybe it's the experience - he served in Korea. I have not been to Iraq, Afghanistan, or Iraq II.

But at least for now I'm a lot faster than they are.
   22. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 11, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4669705)
Just so happens I have 2 - ages 5 and 3. Yeah, I can understand the panic. We all react differently.


We are in the same boat then. The little incident I had probably was done within 30 seconds. Now that I am 3 in (5,3,1), I would chase after the older kid 99.9% of the the time. It still was a not good situation at the time.

Actually, I even expect more of my boys now than in the past. My oldest will be six in June. My next will be 4 next week (18th) and my baby girl just turned 1.

To be honest, I would have been way more prepared now than when it happened. I would have seriously let the stroller alone and chased after my oldest.
   23. TDF, situational idiot Posted: March 11, 2014 at 05:50 PM (#4669813)
Our Odyssey has the automatic side doors thingy and he decided it would be a good idea to stick his hand into while it was closing.
Um, the door should have opened right back up. There are 2 bare wires in the door seal, and if they touch (like, when a hand gets stuck in the door) they should short and tell the door to reopen. I sell them for a living.
   24. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 11, 2014 at 07:47 PM (#4669859)
Really though, 15 posts and nobody says his children should be taken away?


No, he should have his children rolled away.
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:00 PM (#4669871)
No, he should have his children rolled away.


This a 'Murica.... give the kid a few years on corn syrup and they'll roll away on their own.

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