*A series of events that went from hilarious, to selfless, to heartwarming took place in Major League Baseball Friday (Apr 9) during a Phillies game in Atlanta.
During the top of the ninth in Philadelphia’s series-opener with the Braves, a young Phillies fan was thisclose to catching a two-run homer off of Braves slugger Freddie Freeman. The ball ended up in the bullpen instead, and several players tried throwing the ball up to him. But it took several attempts before he was finally able to catch it. His pops playfully let him have it for coming up short multiple times, to the amusement of the nearby crowd and the game commentators.
Instead of keeping the ball – which would’ve been a great memory – as it went on to make the father-son pair a viral sensation – the two decided to give it to a kid in a Freeman jersey, making that kid’s life, and melting the hearts of both teams’ fans, the commentators, the Internet and, eventually, the players.
Freddie Freeman hit a home run for the Brave’s and a father and son in Phillies gear retrieved it.
Then the son turned right around around and gave the ball to a young Brave’s fan.
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) April 10, 2021
But that’s not all.
When Freeman got word of what happened after the game, he and Bryce Harper of the Phillies signed a baseball and gave it to the original Phillies fan with the butterfingers. Every individual in this scenario came out a winner – except the Phillies as a team. They lost Friday’s game 8-1.