Watch what happened when a young LA fan asked a Giant for a ball

March 19th, 2022

One of the most familiar sights of Spring Training is a youngster imploring a ballplayer for a baseball. It's one of the great scenes of spring that reassures us that baseball is back.

So it was no surprise for anyone in attendance at Scottsdale Stadium prior to the Cactus League opener for the Giants and Cubs to see a boy yelling to San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt for a ball during batting practice.

Normally, you'd expect the kid would have the ball tossed up over the backstop to him, making his day.

Not this time.

The boy was wearing a Dodgers jersey (of superstar right fielder Mookie Betts) and ... well, let's just say a rivalry is a rivalry.

"I can't," Belt replied. "You've got a Dodgers shirt on."

Belt said he'd toss the ball over the backstop to an area to the boy's right, and "whoever wins, gets it."

The boy was undeterred, and in the end, he came away with the baseball. 

Perhaps a voice from another fan that can be heard in the video posted on Twitter by the Giants' flagship radio station, KNBR, summed it up best:

"Fair enough."