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It’s a story of sportsmanship, empathy and generosity—all told by two young fans at a baseball game.

The heartening series of events began in the top of the eighth inning during Sunday’s matchup between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants at Chase Field in Phoenix. 

A foul ball pinged off a sidewall and into the outfield where it was picked up by the Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra and tossed into a cluster of young fans in the stands. 

One young Arizona fan didn’t manage to get a hand on the ball and took the loss badly—slumping in his seat and pulling his hat down over his face to conceal his tears.

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Hearts in the broadcast booth and across the nation immediately began to break.

“That little guy is bummed,” said Giants play-by-play sportscaster Duane Kuiper. “If we were closer, we’d give that guy a ball.”

“Yea, he’s in the shutdown mode,” said Giants color commentator Mike Krukow.

As if reading the sportscasters’ minds, a young Giants fan appeared at the child’s side and offered him a souvenir ball from the gift shop. Video of the charitable act was picked up by Samer Kalaf of Deadspin.

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The Giants fan shook hands with the child’s father and returned to his seat.

Just another day in the life of the most giving kid to ever attend a ballgame. 

His act didn't go unnoticed, however, as the sportscasters managed to send the benevolent young fan an official team baseball.

With that, all was right at the ballpark. Cameras later returned to the Diamondbacks fan, who had uncovered his face and was hanging merrily onto his glossy souvenir. 

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It made for a great side note to a lopsided game. The Giants won 8-2, but it hardly mattered in retrospect. What was important was that something as simple as a foul ball created a story about loss, selflessness and sportsmanship—all in the span of a single inning.

Reaching across the aisle is one thing, but walking over and handing a fan of the other team a $15 ball is an incredibly mature act for someone of any age.

Considering that we’ve seen adults steal balls from kids at ballgames before, fans of all ages could learn a thing or two from this generous young man.

 

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