When the Dodgers’ Keibert Ruiz hit a home run off Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks to break up a shutout in a 7-1 Chicago victory, the moment didn’t seem too significant. Surely the ball, which flew into the Wrigley Field right-field bleachers, would make a harmless souvenir for some lucky fan. (Watch the video below.)
A dad emerged into view on the broadcast carrying his toddler son toward Wrigley’s ivy-covered wall. It was time for the sacred tradition of throwing an enemy’s home run back onto the field.
In the viral clip, the dad talked to the lad as the boy gripped the baseball and then let it fly with a lefty toss.
He’s no Ken Holtzman, but give him time.
“Raising him right!” an announcer enthused.
Chicago Cubs faithful are often credited with establishing the practice of throwing back the home runs of opposing teams.
The father, a former city alderman candidate named Jacob Ringer, told HuffPost Wednesday that while his 3-year-old son Henry did throw back the home run ball (which the tyke got from another fan), Ringer’s boys had received a ball personally from Dodgers star Mookie Betts earlier in the game. He tweeted about it as well.
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