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Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by fluffybear, Jul 20, 2011.
From Yard Barker:
That was ridiculous to see. My parents would have given me a reason to cry and pout.
Okay... I am not sure that article could have spun it in a more negative light then the video actually shown.
I have a 10 and 3yrd... If you want to see some tantrums (that don't yeild any results), stop on by.
That young boy was disappointed, but if that is the new definition of "temper-tamptrum"... wholy moly has that standard dropped to some new levels.
Kid didn't even break a tear... and was tring to explain it to his dad.. "I had it"... and it was snagged from me...
He never even attempted to catch it, IMO. He still acted like a wuss...I'd have been embarrassed as a dad. :lol:
I saw this earlier today.
I tend to agree with you, Earl... Mine are 7 and 3, and I've seen "that look" quite a few times. Usually, 30 seconds later, the look is gone and they're back on their way.
I didn't think the boy's reaction was all that far out of line. What little boy wouldn't be bummed that a foul ball got caught by the person right next to him.
It isn't so much that his reaction was out of line... as it was that he was rewarded for not doing anything (he didn't catch a ball and was pouting)... so next time he doesn't get something, he has now learned the way to try and get it.
That's a bad precedent to set.
That's a lesson that he's learned by this point already (one way or another). My youngest is 3, and he knows already that having an attitude isn't going to get him anywhere (well, actually, it might get him somewhere... but not the somewhere he's hoping to go!) Heck, that's the first lesson a baby learns at birth - throw a fit and get your needs taken care of.... Then, as they get older, the parents either break them of that habit or allow it to continue. But I guarantee he didn't learn anything at that game that he didn't already know.
IMO, I didn't think he was pouting to get his own way, or pouting to try and get the ball... He reacted to the fact that the ball was "that close" and he didn't get it. If the kid had really thrown a fit and got the ball, I'd have a problem with it, but in this case, I don't have an issue with the boy getting a replacement ball.
They even highlighted it on CNN today...
I really don't think he pouted to get the ball... he was just really disappointed that he didn't get one that close.
I've seen first hand, tantrums and actions of multiple children... that do so, to get their way.... and all they end up with is a grounding, and time in their bed.
The video sure isn't clear what happened as the ball arrived, but having watched grandkids and great grandkids, I agree with Earl. This was not a temper tantrum, nor a meltdown, or anything. It was pure, normal frustration.
Then, the gift of a ball becomes, in my mind, a really nice gesture from the station and team. Not a reward, not a buy out, but a "hey, lets do something nice for this kid."
This whole story I think has grown out of control, having watched the entire game and how this developed it was actually a fun thing. The CSNBA crew is always looking for unique people in the audience. This kid happened to miss the ball, the first time you saw it you really didn't notice the kid. After coming back from a commercial break Kruk and Kuip went back to the kid and showed how he pouted with no luck in getting the ball. This actually went on for quite a few innings going back to the kid, laughing at the situation, marveling at how much the son looked like his dad. Then you could see phones going off, calls and texts coming into the entire area "hey you're on TV." I think in the end Krukow and Kuiper felt bad and sent the ball to the child. This is far from the 1st time they have sent a ball to a fan after they were on camera for an extended period of time. It was a cute event that some Nat'l media wanted to make a bigger deal out of.
I thought the bigger part of the game was the person sitting in the front row with a GIANT panda head on the entire game, not the panda hat but a full head. Anyone that watches Giants games on a regular basis knows that they really play up the audience, in fact the "ball dudes" and some fans have become famous for being on the broadcasts.
Thanks for the insights, sum_random_dork. The video sure sounded like that was what was going on.
The kid looks like he's only a bit older than my oldest so he's maybe 5. 6 tops. Not even really a tantrum.