(USA TODAY) The engaged couple that has been vilified for snatching away a baseball that was intended for a toddler at Wednesday's Rangers-Yankees game say they have been treated unfairly. And they want an apology from the Yankees broadcaster whose comments helped make the video of the episode go viral.
"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," Sean Leonard wrote in a statement posted by WFAA.
The child eventually was given another ball, but that didn't stem the wave of online criticisms that came after Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay said on air, "Oh, my God, they can't give it to the kid?"
Leonard was at the game with his fiance, Shannon Moore, whom he will wed on Saturday.
"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."
As for Kay, Leonard said, "He took an event and sensationalized it, threw it out there, never checked or validated the facts."
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