Breaking News: Lucky Los Angeles Dodgers fans, who may or may not be children who’ve found their way to the field at Dodger Stadium, are interested in obtaining autographs from whichever Major League All-Stars are in their vicinity. More on this at 11!
Sadly, NBC Sports San Francisco’s Giants coverage arm decided to treat such information as groundbreaking on Tuesday night, really punching up at some Dodger kids who got the chance to come face-to-face with Brandon Crawford.
Who knows exactly what led to a young autograph seeker in a Mookie Betts shirsey and Dodgers camo hat getting a chance to add a Crawford autograph to his collection? Who knows how he got surrounded by Giants fans, who outnumbered him on his supposed home turf? Who knows what this boy planned to do with the Crawford ball once he got home?
Maybe he pulled a Max Muncy and hucked it into the ocean?
Still, despite the abject normalcy of this situation, the kid still caught a few strays on Giants Twitter before Tuesday’s game — which the Dodgers, of course, won 6-3, sending San Francisco’s 2022 roster into playoff elimination purgatory.
Giants Twitter trolls Dodgers child for seeking Brandon Crawford autograph
And, considering the fact that he’s on the field with the important people, it’s safe to assume that kid’ll grow up to be Andrew Friedman’s right-hand man. Might’ve messed with the wrong guy, NBC Sports Giants.
But, important to note once and for all, that autograph seeking is not a discerning hobby. You’ll take anyone and everyone’s signature, at that age, whether they have cachet or not. As a young man, I once waited outside a hotel to obtain an autograph from 2004 Royals All-Star Ken Harvey and the Astros’ bullpen catcher. This was good, to me.
Autograph seeking also crosses rivalry boundaries with ease. I was once crushed in a mass of humanity trying to obtain Pedro Martinez’s signature, someone who I definitely hated. I did not succeed. But I’d do it again. A Dodgers fan meeting a Giants legend? Tip of the iceberg for that type of insanity. Completely acceptable behavior.
And, again, the ball could be on eBay already. Just make sure you also got Crawford to sign a certificate of authenticity.