Eight-year-old Pirates fan Dominic (sp?) held up a sign during last night’s Pirates game, in an attempt to get Starling Marte to give him a baseball for his birthday. Marte threw a ball in his direction, but another child grabbed it, which made little Dom sad. Poor Dom.

There’s a happy ending to this story, though. The Root Sports crew talked to the kid and handed him his own baseball. The truly amusing part, however, was Dom’s refusal to put his sign down during the interview. Robby Incmikoski basically had to pull it out of his hands.

So, what did Dominic think of Marte throwing a baseball his way? “It was real neat!”


Contact the author at samer@deadspin.com.