All Kole Calhoun could do was smile, stare, extend a hand and be good sport.
The Diamondbacks right fielder had just been denied the opportunity to catch a foul fly against the Braves by a young fan who brought his glove to the game Friday night at Atlanta’s Truist Park.
Once Calhoun sized up the situation and realized there wasn’t any fan interference, he gave the kid a fist bump.
Calhoun was upset, but he didn’t have an argument. He reached into the stands, which meant the youngster had every right to the ball.
In the end, the at-bat still turned out well for the D-backs as Austin Riley, the Brave who hit the ball, struck out on the next pitch. Atlanta, though, wound up winning the game 5-4.
There is a postscript to this story. Bally Sports South’s Paul Byrd interviewed the fan, 13-year-old Cordell McLerran, who was attending his first Braves game. Young Cord said Calhoun told him: “You caught that one; let me catch the next one.”
“𝗜’𝗺 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘁𝘆 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗜’𝗺 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗔𝘁𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮, 𝗚𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗮 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘄.”@PaulByrd36 caught up with the Fan of the Night, who says @KoleCalhoun told him, “You caught that one, let me catch the next one.” 😂 pic.twitter.com/dlR8ldJlEO
— Bally Sports South (@BallySportsSO) April 24, 2021
This article has been updated.