You remember that story from Wednesday night about the Rangers fans who didn’t give the kid the ball? Well, they spoke to WFAA-TV in the Dallas area on Thursday, and are claiming ignorance. Sean Leonard and Shannon Moore, take it away.
“My fiance Shannon and I were honestly unaware of the situation of the little boy sitting next to us last night since we were so caught up in the excited and moment of being at our first Ranger’s baseball game together,” he wrote in a statement.
Leonard said as a soon-to-be large combined family of seven, that he and Shannon understand the emotions of a young child at a game. They spoke to News 8 Thursday afternoon.
“I love children, I would never hurt someone,” Shannon Moore said.
They said it has been difficult being vilified by the now-viral video.
“It’s very hurtful, especially when you know you wouldn’t intentionally hurt somebody or hurt their feelings,” Moore said. “Especially when it’s a little-bitty toddler.”
All was good by the end of the night, though. Someone tossed a ball to the boy from the Rangers dugout, so he went home with his own keepsake. Leonard said in the statement he offered the ball to the child after the ball was thrown from the dugout.
“The irony of the situation is, had we seen that he was upset and known for an instant, there’s not a person that knows us that wouldn’t agree that we would have given the ball to the child,” Leonard said.
Leonard and Moore would like an apology from Michael Kay, the Yankees play-by-play announcer who insinuated that they were being insensitive to the little boy.
“He took an event and sensationalized it, threw it out there, never checked or validated the facts,” Leonard said.
They said their phones are ringing off the hook, and the whole ordeal has made their lives miserable Thursday, but they do have something to look forward to.
They’ll be getting married on Saturday.
Well that’s all fine and dandy, but it’s a load of garbage. Look at the screencap I posted to the right. The kid is clearly within eyesight of Leonard, and it’s hard to believe he could not hear him crying considering that the child was all of two feet away from him.
I think it’s ridiculous how Leonard is asking for an apology from Kay, claiming that he didn’t check or validate facts. What the hell do you want him to do? Ignore the situation and sent a reporter down to the couple and ask “why didn’t you give the ball to the kid?” It’s ridiculous how Leonard and Moore are trying to turn this into a situation where they’re the victims. What a load of garbage.
[h/t: Hardball Talk]