Monday, August 5, 2013

The Mystery Man at Miller Park

Dear Section 113, Row 17, Seat 22:

Forgive me for not getting your name yesterday.  I really should have because I wanted to pray for you by name.  My husband's company gets several sets of tickets to Milwaukee Brewers games every year that come available for the employee's use via a lottery system and we just happen to get four free tickets to see the Brew Crew play the Washington Nationals on Sunday, August 4th.

The weather was absolutely perfect for a day at Miller Park, but my anxiety level was still high because - let's face it - I was bringing THE CHILDREN.  Not just the big kids, not just one of them, but all three boys.  Together.  At the same time.

Isaiah was jacked up for his trip to the ballpark and his behavior reflected that.  Every thirty seconds came pleas for cotton candy, sunflower seeds, popcorn, ice cream, balloon animals, face paint, and other such nonsense.  Micah behaved like, well.....Micah and Thomas didn't have a seat so he was basically crawling all over the place for the entirety of the game.

To put it bluntly, I was grateful for my cold beer.  All three of them.

But you were not annoyed by the number of times you were jabbed in the back as Thomas crawled like a monkey from seat to seat.  Instead, you turned around and frequently engaged in conversation with my children, proclaiming that Thomas would be stealing his big brothers' girlfriends in about 15 years so I had better be ready.

You couldn't have been older than 24 or 25 and you were clearly at the ballpark yesterday to spend some time with the lovely young woman you had your arm around.  Still, you made it a point to chat with Isaiah and encourage him to try to catch a foul ball and even took it upon yourself to race him down to the Brewers dugout three times in the middle of innings in the hope of getting a game ball tossed his way.  You promised my son, "We will get you a ball, kiddo." (For the record, Daddy also brought Isaiah down there and struck out as well.)

In the ninth inning, the Brewers were actually up by a couple runs (miracle of miracles!) and were three outs away from a victory.  You told Isaiah to be ready, that as soon as that third out was achieved, you would bring him down to that dugout and wait for a ball.  This was the time.  This time, for sure, a game ball would be his.

But luck was not on his side, it would seem.  In the crowd of fans all competing for attention, you two came up short.  You walked Isaiah back up to our seats, giving him a reassuring pat on the back, but the disappointment on his face was evident.

That's when you knelt down and gave him a Milwaukee Brewers baseball.  His eyes lit up, he took it from you slowly and you told him, "Hey, I promised you a ball."


I'm not sure when you got that ball.  Maybe it was a side thought on a run up to the concession stands for a beer or soft pretzel.  Perhaps you left your seat and went to the stores specifically to get Isaiah a ball.  All I know is that you still tried like crazy to get him a game ball, knowing that you had a secret backup plan in place to make my son, a complete stranger to you, feel like a million bucks.

Thank you for what you did for my son at Miller Park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  As we were preparing to leave the stadium, I reached out my hand to offer my sincere thanks for your act of kindness.  To my surprise, you pulled me in for a hug.

As we shuffled out of the stadium, Isaiah wouldn't stop talking about his very own Brewers baseball and how it was one of his "special treasures."  It can be so easy to forget sometimes how small acts of kindness can have such a huge impact on our fellow humans.  Holding open a door, offering a seat on a bus or subway, paying for a stranger's coffee.  All teeny little choices that can become a bright spot in an otherwise difficult day.

But you did more than that, sir.  You made my boy feel like a rockstar.  You didn't have to.  You chose to.  And I am sincerely grateful to you for it.  When my wiped-out children were tucked into bed last night, I took a few minutes to thank God for you.  I asked that He bless you and draw near to you wherever you were.  I prayed that the Lord would encourage you and honor your kindness by bringing joy to your heart.

But I would still love to find out your name so I can send you a proper thank you note.  :)

Sincerely,
The Grateful Mother in Row 18

Here are a few more photos from our day out at Miller Park.  It was technically Isaiah's second Brewers game, but he was only 9 months old the last time we took him.  It was the first time being there for Micah and Thomas.  









UPDATE 10:20 pm on Monday, August 5th - 
So apparently this post has gone VIRAL and I guess I need to do some updating on the situation!  I went to work at 4:00 this afternoon and put my phone in my purse while I waited tables.  When my shift was over, I looked at my phone and was surprised it had not actually blown up from the amount of Facebook messages, Tweets, and emails that had been bombarding my inbox.  And among them?  The name of the Mystery Man who had given Isaiah the baseball.  As soon as I had a chance, I sent him a message on Facebook to personally thank him for the extra mile he went for us.  I haven't heard back from him as of yet.

Also, this story was picked up by TMJ4 and you can read all about it HERE!

On a more personal note, I would really like to express my shock at how this has taken off so quickly.  It is overwhelming and so encouraging that a simple story about a kid and a baseball can "hit someone right in the feelings" (credit: Nathan Lewis) and spread like wildfire.  While the vast majority of comments on this post have been positive, there have been several who have chosen to spin it in a negative direction.  Comments have been made about race, about how we as Isaiah's parents should have been the ones making the day special rather than a stranger, and even some who questioned my mention of having a couple beers at the ballpark (no, I wasn't driving).  Let me make something perfectly clear.  Viral or not, this is MY BLOG.  MY SPACE.  When it comes to hateful, hurtful, inconsiderate, or vulgar language....I will NOT HAVE IT.  There is no way I will allow the story about my son to be treated in such a way.  Therefore, I have chosen to turn on the moderation feature from here on out for the comments on this post.  If you have something ignorant or negative to say, feel free to speak it loudly to yourself because I have no interest in seeing it here.


Thanks for understanding.

UPDATE 11:15 pm on Monday, August 5th - 
I have successfully contacted the person who gave Isaiah the ball via Facebook and he is being very gracious about this whole thing!  There has been an incredible response to this post that I'm sure he's a bit taken aback by it as well.  I'm trying not to use his name here on the post out of respect for him, but I can definitely confirm that he's being a wonderful sport about all of this!!!  :) 

UPDATE 10:29 am on Tuesday, August 6th - 
Here's the thing. This story is on the front page on WTMJ and goodness knows where else. If anyone would like to use foul language or start a debate about how this story is dumb because it dealt with white people or heterosexual people or men whatever, be my guest. Feel free to post your comments on the news story website all you want. As for this page, my little corner of the Internet, I protect it. So yes....I will moderate, delete, and filter as I see fit. I understand that many of you may disagree with this, but the decision is final and lies with me alone.



457 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. It brought happy tears to my eyes....it is a wonderful reminder of the kindness in this world. May this "mystery man" be blessed!

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  2. WOW!!! I hope you find him! I hope his girl knows what a kind soul she has in him!!!

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  3. So sweet.. gave me chills! Love people like this! We were there yesterday, too, with all three kids and all I got from the "young man" next to us was the cold shoulder with a side of dirty looks!

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  4. It is so nice to hear something good once in a while! This young man took time to make another person happy. What a truly special person he is!

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  5. Call the brewers office and tell them the story and ask if you could get his name or if you send them a letter for the young man if they could mail it to him

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  6. I hope you find him. What an inspirational story.

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  7. I went to high school with him! His name is Chad :)

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  8. Just posted this story to his facebook!

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  9. what a wonderful story... there are still nice people out there! Hopefully enough shares on FB will lead you to him :)

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  10. Awesome story, wish there were more people like you to share experiences like this that make others have hope for society these days!

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  11. This is pretty crazy. A friend of mine on Facebook "liked" this link so it showed up in my newsfeed. I decided to give it a read since I was at this game. As it turns out, I was sitting right across the aisle from your family! Infact, you can see me in the 2nd to last picture. I'm in the khaki hat with the sunglasses on just over you husbands shoulder. I was watching you interact with your kids for much of the game since I could see you out of the corner of my eye as I was looking to home plate. And I have to say it was really sweet. I remember when you took your seats with your three young boys and I thought to myself, "That's one brave lady". But what I want to say is I commend you for being a great mom. You let your kids be kids at a ballpark and didn't yell or scream at them for anything they did. And for three boys at a baseball game, they were pretty well behaved. I remember watching this man pick up your son and run down the stairs at the end of the game to get a ball. I think it's great that he did what he did for your son.

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    1. That's so neat that you seen this!

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    2. That's so neat that you witnessed this!

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    3. This is such a great uplifting story, and you are lucky to have had the opportunity to witness it! I have disgust in the people who tried to point out negatives (which all seem very far fetched) but the random kindness outweigh that!!

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    4. Terrific Story Of The Power Of Kindness. WHen We Give Of Ourselves, We Are Blessed.

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  12. Soooo awesome. Read this on Facebook. I hope that this is seen by many :)

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  13. Thank u for the story - tears in my eyes it is so nice to know and hear about not good but GREAT people !! AND THE GIRL BETTER HANG ON TO THAT ONE HE IS A KEEPER!!

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  14. This brought tears to my eyes! I pray that I can raise my son to be the kind of man that this gentleman was to your boys. With all the bad and sad in this world it is so refreshing to see so something so selfless & kind. What a wonderful young man...His parents should be very proud! :)

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  15. Total tears....thank you so much for sharing. There will be more pep in my step when I hop out of bed in the morning thinking of this. Signed - You made a Cubs fan cry

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  16. How wonderful! Keep this memory alive It's beautiful!
    Pay it forward in section 113, row 17, seat 22's memory!

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  18. I was going through my Facebook updates, not even paying much attention- see my boys had to help us make the difficult decision to put our beloved pet cat down today. I've been going along the last few hours feeling numb and wondering why these things have to happen. Then I stumble upon your story- I have two boys and my brother has 3 little boys who could have easily been your 3 boys at the game. I often pray that my boys will turn out like the mystery man you met yesterday and thankfully I could see my almost-16-yr-old doing the same thing that man did. God worked through that man yesterday and thanks to you, he's touched many more lives and put a smile on my otherwise very sad face today. Thank you for sharing this wonderful witness of God's love. Blessings to you, your beautiful boys AND the mystery man from the ballgame!

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  19. Thank you for sharing. it really touched the heart that this young man took the time and did this for your son. and for him to go and buy a ball and give it to him just shows there really are good people out there. I really hope that chad reads this and see what he did for you and your kids and how it made your day. hope you find him.. god has blessed you with this kindness and shows there is still someone out there to show it. it brought tears to my instantly.

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  20. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing..its touching to read stories like this and be reminded there is still good in this world.. A change of pace from hearing about only bad things happening <3

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  21. That's my cousins boyfriend! I can get you in touch if you would like! Let me know if you would like more information!

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  22. He is inspiring for what he did, and you are inspiring for appreciating and sharing it. Thank YOU for not taking him for granted.

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  23. I love this story and eyes are leaking ... I, unfortunately, often view this age group as inconsiderate and uncaring. Thank you for letting me know how wrong I am. This guy is a treasure. Thanks again for sharing. Let us know if you find him!

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  24. How inspiring. What a wonderful young man. Thanks for sharing your story

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  25. How inspiring. What a wonderful young man. Thanks for sharing your story

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  26. Not everyone wants to be found :)

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  27. Saw this on my Facebook feed and I was intrigued so I read it, I had goosebumps. Honestly glad I read through the comments to see this boy has read this post and knows how you feel. I agree that hopefully his girlfriend understands how special this kindness is to find in a partner, but I also hope his parents get to read this. I don't think anything could make a parent more proud than knowing their child would act this way knowing they won't get "anything" (meaning material things, or possesions) out of it, just the joy of making one child very happy!

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  28. What a wonderful soul this young man has may his life be as blessed as are the people he comes in contact with

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  29. Consider forwarding this story to Jim Stingl at jsonline.com. I bet he'd write about it in the paper which might increase your chances of identifying this kind man. Good luck.

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  30. Someone raised that boy up right, and in turn will help your Isaiah grow up right! Thank you for sharing the story, and pay it forward!

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  31. Well, that young man was just raised properly...much the same way I see that you are.

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  32. Amazing story. Thank you for sharing. Your children are very blessed to have such wonderful parents. To Chad you are a hero not only to that special little boy but to all of us as well. Your a great role model for us all!!

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  33. Amazing story. Thank you for sharing. Your children are very blessed to have such wonderful parents. To Chad you are a hero not only to that special little boy but to all of us as well. Your a great role model for us all!!

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  34. Thank you for the happy tears!

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  35. Chads girlfriend needs to keep him. Yes he was raised right! I hope my boys will be this caring later! How very sweet!

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  36. Cool story, That young man will make a great father.. better yet... a DADDY.

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  37. Awww! That's so awesome. A little tidbit for you in case you didn't know. After Sunday games they do a run the bases thing for the kiddos. You line up by the section by 1st base. Its pretty cool! My boys love it! Its the highlight of their games.

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  38. This is the kind of young man I hope all three of my sons grow up to be. Thank you for sharing such a lovely story.

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  39. This is so awesome!! Also brought tears to my eyes!! What a wonderful young man he is.....I hope you have the opportunity to thank him!

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  40. Thank you for this amazing story! Thanking GOD for people like you and this young man in your story.. It is great to know there are good people in the world!

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  41. What an amazing young man. As a mother of 4 boys, the first three close together in age, I was often in the same situation (not always at the ballgame of course). There are great people out there who know that boys will be boys without believing they should be medicated!

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  42. Exactly what I needed to read exactly when I needed to read it.
    Thank you.

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  43. What a wonderful young man!! This brought many many tears to my eyes! Kudos to his parents for raising him to be the man he is today :) Hopefully your children will remember this for the rest of their lives!

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  44. I've had nearly 10 friends share this on FB, and the local WTMJ Channel 4 has put in on their page. Apparently the guy's name is Chad McLaughlin. Good luck, and thanks for sharing an amazing story. I had a terrible day at work and this made it a LOT better.

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    2. Race has nothing to do with this story. At all. Nobody is saying he's a hero; it's just a sweet story. If you don't like it, nobody is forcing you to continue reading.

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    3. It's not the color of their skin if that's all your getting from this story then I feel sorry for you. It's the act of kindness, patience, and caring towards a young child open your heart and drop cynical attitude.

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    4. I agree, bitter unhappy people who can't even post their name because they're a coward suck!!! What an ignorant thing to do, make this about race. This was a sweet story about a wonderful young man who showed patience with a young boy who was very excited to be at a game. As a mother of an autistic boy, I can fully appreciate the patience the young man showed when the boy was a little antsy. Good for him!

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    5. This is a beautiful story, and though I didn't read the comment that has now been removed, it's clearly foolish and from the mouth of a bigot. Reverse racism is still racism, I'm Caucasian and still feel discrimination, so I wish anyone to make such a meaningful story out to be something "racist" to find a different social media source to say things they wouldn't have the gumption to say in person to any of these beautiful people in this story.

      God bless you Chad, and God bless the family.

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  45. What a wonderful young man. . Maybe someone will recognise him in the picture
    God bless you young man for making a little boy happy ♡

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  46. I absolutey love the story! And love the fact that you let your 3 young boys.. be boys at the ball park!! Others would yell & punish them... its a ball game! And to Chad.. awesome work.. wish there were more people like you:) That young child will never forget that time.. at Miller Park!! And they won!! Lol

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  47. Wonderful young man. I hope you see this and know how special you are. God blessed us with you :-)

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  48. God is good and he made lots of good people. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Now you and your children get to pay it forward. :)

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  49. Glad to know there are still amazing people out there :)

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  50. Amazing this is Today show worthy! There r good people

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  51. My son is good friends with Chad. This is no surprise. Just an awesome young man. This is how he is everyday!

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  52. Chad...it makes me so proud to call u my God brother...u are just like my God father always giving

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  53. Love it, Pay it Forward is such a wonderful thing! This young man surely has a big heart and will make a great dad someday! :)

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  54. Amazing! Awesome! You were so blessed. We were at the Friday / Saturday games and had a few fans around us that left much to be desired (and they were adults!). Congratulations on your children's behavior, on your patience, and upon receiving that young man's blessings! Thank you too for praying for him to receive blessings in return.

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  55. Chad's a good guy. Met him through a friend at UW-Oshkosh where we go to school and still hang out with him when the group of friends can. Glad to know he could put a smile on your son's face.

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  56. this is great! This story touched my heart! There needs to be more ppl like this! not only like Chad but also like you too! This is a wonderful thank you!

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  57. Just found this through a friend sharing it on FB. Like many others, I was moved to tears. God bless you, mama, for letting your boys be boys. And God bless Chad for helping you do it.

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  58. Glad to hear there's more good being spread at the games! My friend and I went to Saturday's game and devoted the second half of the game to getting a ball for the little girl in the aisle next to us. She was much shorter than the rest of the kids fighting for a ball and was getting pushed like crazy. Unfortunately her seats were behind the net. We finally got her a ball and as soon as we gave it to her, her sister caught one for herself! For the rest of the game they were both grinning uncontrollably! It was a terrible game played by the Brewer's, but it was a wonderful day in the stands! We tried our best to get a little boy further down the aisle a ball next but ran out of time. He came up to us at the end of the game and thanked us for trying so hard to get him a ball! Then the girl we gave the ball to, offered it to the boy since her sister caught one. He graciously declined and told her she should keep it. Another man caught a ball and gave it away to another boy too. It seemed we started something that day :)

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    1. Just be careful trying to catch them. I got elbowed hard on the top of the head by a man (I'm a small woman) trying to catch a puck at an Admiral's game just to give it away to some random kid.

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  59. As the mother of a 21 year old son, I can only pray my boy would be so kind. Bravo to Chad!

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    1. Praying to god helps teach the children.. there is alot of power behind prayer!

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  60. wonderful story.....I am proud to say I am mom of one son (AND 5 DAUGHTERS) and 12 grandsons....non of them perfect but so many times I have seen them do random acts of kindness (and not brought attention to it) I know that many of them have learned by example from their parents, and that too makes me proud....it is so rewarding to bring a smile to someones face, or do something small to help another....the "pay it forward" pays back by the simple act of doing....and I pray each day that many many people are blessed by paying it forward....our world needs more people who do that...,thank you Chad, and thank you for sharing your story....God bless you both....God bless us all with giving hearts

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  61. Hopefully, the gal that the young man was with will realize what a great father he will be!

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  62. What a beautiful testimony to an amazing young man. I'm reminded of that saying.."people might forget what you say but will never forget how you made them feel". Thank you for the reminder of greatness amongst us.

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  63. There are a lot of good people out there. So nice to hear a happy story for a change!

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  64. I needed this story. Amazing to witness the effect one person can make...on a little kid, on a mom, a family. On strangers like me. What if we all paid it forward...imagine the impact...

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  65. Great story! To the same anonymous person that keeps being negative you are making no impact. People have compassion for good stories of kindness. It's great to acknowledge young people for doing good because let's be honest not a lot of young people are kind nowadays. They simply do not care soround of aapplause to Chad for making a little boy's day.

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  66. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.....It shows that there are very special people still out there that go above and beyond. May God bless him and your beautiful family... all of you were blessed that day... hugs and prayers to all of you.... Thank you as stories like this renews my faith.

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  67. Who won the sausage race?

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  68. Awsome job chad so happy to hear about people like you to the parents cherish these memories of a awsome young man. To the people that don't understsnd why this is awsome is because you hear to often of people getting pist off thst kids are to loud or movibg to much or kicking them but this young man took it all in and had fun with it and over looked it all and to the race coments can't anyone ever just let a story get out with out a race comment

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  69. I love people like that! What an awesome post. Such a great thing to happen for your little boy. Awesome.

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  70. Neal and Mary KrauseAugust 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    A real feel good story. Thanks to Chad for being an amazing person. Such a random act of kindness for some, so major for others. It is wonderful for this mother of three to take the time to write such a beautiful post. I have been at sporting events and the surrounding fans can really set the mood. Thanks to Chad, you made lasting memories for this family. God bless you!! <3

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  71. MY BOY CHAD! Wrestled with this guy in college. Nicest guy.

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  72. This story is so heartwarming!! Especially nice to hear about a youngman with Such a big heart. There should be more people like this in the world

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  73. Ugh why are people so mean??? I read all those comments about Chad not being a hero and how dumb this story is. It just goes to show u how few people there are in the world that care about the small things that happen in life. They really need to get a life and stop acting like jerks! Chad did an awesome thing and I'm sure made a difference in this childs life. Obviously, some people are jealous ingrates who only care about themselves!
    I love this story. I hope Chad knows how much he is appreciated! ;-)

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  74. I hate to be 'that girl' but a part of me hopes you don't meet him. He didn't do what he did because he thought he was a hero or that he'd get all this attention. He did it because he wanted to. Sometimes people come into our lives for brief amounts of time for a reason. There are SO SO many things this young man could and has taught us just by you telling this story.
    I really hope that if, and I'm sure when you are.in touch it doesn't become a news storyline on tv or newspaper or any other means than your own website/blog. I guess I'm hoping it's meaningful and not sensationalized.
    This is a special young man and I woukd hate for his good deed to turn him around. Or showing others that you must be recognized publically for going out of your way and doing some very special for a stranger. God bless him, those that raised him, those that guided his path that brought him to you. Also bless you snd your family for sharing such a wonderful and touchng story with us. I hope the happiness this has brought you will stay with you and the memory never escapes a special place in your hearts.

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    1. I "hate" that you started your comment with "I hate". And that you would "hate for his good deed to turn him around". DUH. Obviously this young man has what it takes to be an outstanding person. Stop worrying about "hating" things and love the acts of kindness that people do. God Bless your negative little heart. This message should be spread far and wide to remind people to do those little "acts of kindness". And the more people heard about them and the joy they bring others, the more they might be inclined to remember to do the same.

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    2. I guess the wording of my messsge took away the meaning of my post. I am thrilled with this story. Had tears of pure joy reading it. I think EVERYONE should hear this story and take something good away from it.

      More to the point I'd LOVE for them to find him, which it seems they have. My wish for them is to hold it dear and cherish it.

      The story itself is not what I worry about.
      I worry about this young man. I've seen first hand what publuc recognition can do to some people after they have done something wonderful very similar to what this man did. I hope he has the strength and courage to rise above it. Everyone thought the man I know had that strength and unfortunately he did not.

      My post was not meant to be 'hateful' or negative. Reading it after such a strong response I can see how it came off that way and I apologise if it was upsetting and certanly its negativity. It was late and all I want is the best for this young man.

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  75. Wonderful story, Chad probably did nothing "special" or "out of the ordinary" for him. He probably treats others in a loveing caring way every day. I sure he enjoyed the time as much as the little guy did. Remember no true act of kindness ever goes unnoticed. It great to hear a great story about a great day in the stands. God Bless you All.

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  76. Thank you for sharing this story and calling attention to the kindness of strangers. There's so much negativity out there that it is wonderful to see the bright side. Brewers fans are awesome!!! My youngest son thoroughly entertained a couple and their son at a game once.

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  77. omfg people are really posting negative comments about this?!?!?! just goes to show that some people are never happy. either way to chad... way to be a hero.. for real (and also thanks for the idea of having a backup plan for a ball when my son is finally old enough to go to a game). also to the author... omg you had a couple of beers... and people are seriously hating on that. they need to get a life... also i read on a blog that the hardest number of children to manage is 3... you got this girl!!

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  78. What an absolutely amazing story! Thank-you so much for taking the time to write this and share it with us all! Some days more than others, we all need to hear/see stories like this to remind us there ARE good people around us. May God bless you and your family and this amazing young man...and may his girlfriend realize what a catch she has! I am glad that this "day out" for all of you had such a wonderful, heat-warming experience and that the boys will remember for a long time to come!

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  79. I see Chad wants to be a high school history teacher. I'd hire him in a heartbeat.

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  80. We took our 3 year old son and 5 year old nephew to Packers Family Night a few days ago and the people you sit by can definitely have an effect on your experience. Unfortunately the two people in front of us had no patience for excited children and continued to look back with annoyed expressions as our kids cheered loudly and jumped up and down. I spent the entire time trying to not tick off that senior couple in front of us rather than just enjoying the game with my son at his first trip to Lambeau. I am happy to hear that people like Chad exist and thank you for sharing your story! It made me smile :)

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  81. awww....c'mon... everyone deserves their 15 minutes of fame.. trust me..not everyone takes the time to pay attention to a complete stranger's kids.. good for him, I say.. he did what he did because he obviously has a good heart .. and so what if he gets some attention over it.. he deserves it! granted.. not everyone gets thanked for being nice.. most of us don't need to.. and this guy didn't ask for it.. but is lucky enough to get it.. some of you all with the hard hearts should remember.. regardless of reward. we should treat people as we want to be treated.. it makes for a much nicer life.. because ultimately.. we answer to ourselves..

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  82. Chad parents must be so proud:) I also say hat's off to the boys mom for wanting to thank Chad publically. Very sweet of her. Good parents do special things for their kids everyday because we love them but having a stranger go out of his way to be nice to them warms our hearts.

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  83. Thank you so much for sharing this story! I'm sorry you've received any negativity from it (and for the record, you have three boys. Have a beer-- or three ;))... Wonderful story, and truly restores faith in the human heart!

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  84. That would have to be one of the nicest pieces I have read in a very long time. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful day with the world. Have a great day, keep smiling (I am sure is has not left your face since Sunday) take care and I will add you in to my daily prayers. Hugs xxx

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  85. We were at yesterdays game as well and had a gentleman come upbto my husband to borrow a piece that was connected to our grill that we were putting away. We were getting ready to head inside. The guys said I will give you $20 if we let him borrow it. He had the same type of grill and didn't have the part to make it work. He just want to get his people feed. My husband said go ahead and just put it back on the end of our truck when he was done. He said no money was necessary! And pleaded to not worry about giving us anything. I was very hesitant and thought for sure it would be gone. We got to the truck and the end of the game and the grill part was in a Ziploc bag with a $10. The money didn't need to be in that bag but I sure thought it was nice that there is people out there like US and the gentleman who borrowed that and kindly gave it back!

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  86. I have a son who is two and a half and my husband just passed away recently. This story just really touched me to know that there are still people out there who will care about kids who are not their own even just in simple ways like this. Thank you for sharing it!

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  87. I love your story. It's really nice to hear of people who are still genuinely kind in this world and don't seek the spotlight over it. :)

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  88. Great story and I might add that you should be writing stories somewhere but I bet you are an amazing waitress! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

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  89. This fabulous story is one that everyone should read. Its a great reminder of the good things that surround us every day. We just need to pay attention to notice them. Thank you for sharing and allowing us all to feel the goodness.

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  90. I think it is awesome that you took your kids to the game, I agree when you take three kids anywhere it can be crazy!! What a fun day with the most wonderful ending, I love to hear about stories like this, the young man who made your sons day is great!! He will someday be an awesome parent too. God bless both of you, keep up the great work, give, love, share, teach, grow. Create memories that will never be forgotten. To the young man who played with your son, thanks for being awesome, to the mom who shared the story, thanks too. We love happy endings.

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  91. Wonderful story! I commend all of you for your actions! What a great experience for your kids and the adults too. Great way to spend a Sunday. It is also awesome to see that you allowed your kids to interact with another adult "stranger" without going into the protective mode immediately as we so often feel as parents. Children need to see that there are mostly good "other" people out there. I also think it is truly a reflection of your character to be so openly thanking a "stranger" for a very kind act. It is this type of action and the gratitude that follows that creates stronger community and society. We need more of this.
    I also agree with your choice to moderate out the negativism. It is your right to filter. It is their right to express themselves in public, but not on "your" blog.
    Respect and compassion for others is what makes a society healthy and positive. We as a nation and people need more of this.
    I truly think that this story is a great metaphor for all of us. It is a wonderful, positive story of "paying it forward" or unconditional compassion and thoughtfulness. As a middle school teacher I think we need more of this. Keep it up! I can tell you are a great mother to your children.
    Thanks for sharing this and being such a thoughtful and kind mother.
    Scott Boylen

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  92. What an awesome story to read to wrap up my night! With so much negativity in the world, and with people so quick to complain, it is wonderfully refreshing to see someone post a simple and kind gesture of appreciation for a simple and kind gesture!! The impact of this strangers kindness will be great on your children-- as will the clearly kind and wonderful parents they have! Cheers!

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  93. Tears are streaming down my face. What a sweet story! It's so nice to hear that there are good, kind people in the world. What a great guy! And what great parents for sharing a fun day with your kids by taking them to a baseball game!I, too, was recently in something that went viral. My husband took the Scuba Soldier video and my kids and I are in the background. It was so fun to see it go viral, but I was shocked by the negative comments that rude, selfish people made about a beautiful moment for a wonderful, happy, loving family that we are proud to call our friends. It's sad that unhappy people will do anything to tear something wonderful down. Just don't let it bother you. There are many times I wanted to respond and defend my friends, but knew it would not change anything, so I didn't and I'm glad because it would have only made it angrier if and when they responded again unkindly. I'm glad you shared this with the world. It made me feel good and I'm sure most people felt the same. Good luck to your family and to your Mystery Man! (Glad you found him! Yay!)

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  94. Sarah, no matter what in life, there will always be the "negative nellies". Poop on them! What happened that day between you, your family and that amazing young man is exactly that...between you all. However, you decided to share that heartfelt story (thankfully so!), and unfortunately there were the few individuals that decided to try and make it a negative. SHAME on them! Good stories with happy endings are hard to come by nowadays, and your story has brought sunshine to many! Thank you so much for sharing, and thank you to that wonderful young man for showing that there are people out there that are truly kind and decent!!

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  95. This is such a sweet, heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing it.

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  96. I find that when you feed into people's negative responses, you give the life. Don't let them effect you. Your family and that event showed you that humanity still exists in this World. Pay it forward, it is what I do on a day to day basis. I feed the hungry, listen to people's problems without judgment or advice, unless they ask for it. Simple things. I can't tell you how many times someone has asked me for money for food and I just say, how about I buy you a meal, just tell me what you like. I had a woman in Phoenix walk up to me and you could see she had fallen on hard times. She simply said mr., I'm hungry. She had asked the guy ahead of me for help and he ignored her. I said come with me, I'll feed you. So we got in line at Subway and I told her to get whatever she wanted. She asked if she could get chips...I laughed and said get whatever you want. Needless to say, she didn't take advantage of the situation. The guy in front of me turned around and said, thank you for doing that. I said, funny, if you had done it, i would have thanked you. When we got to the counter the woman waiting on me said, God Bless You, I said he already has, he's busy blessing her. I said, please give me a $35 dollar gift card. I didn't tell her what I was doing, when we left the restaurant I handed it to her. I said I don't know your situation, your problems, etc. But I'm giving you this gift card, it will feed you for at least the next 3 days. You can choose what you want to do with it. But that is your choice. Or you can turn your life around by realizing Angels walk the Earth. I hope that you find your way. I left, tears in my eyes and realized, I could be her. So please please don't let people who are mean spirited and hateful change your story. They only wish they could be him and or your family. Sad, but true.
    Thank you for sharing your story. It made my day.

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  97. I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who said "a man stands tallest when he stoops to help a child". Sounds like this young man is very tall!!

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  98. DEAR CHAD'S FUTURE WIFE,
    YOU WON THE HUSBAND LOTTERY,
    SIGNED,
    ANOTHER CHAD'S WIFE.

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  99. Yep, this story is 100% full of AWESOME !! Dude, you rock, and Mom you do too. The generosity and the extra mile he went is truly uplifting, and the desire you had to share the story and make this good deed known is unbelievable. The world needs more moments like this

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  100. What a beautiful story. I myself have two young children and know how difficult it can be to contain them, this young man, showing such kindness, giving you and your son such joy, only emphasizes to me how it truly takes a village, we should all show such acts of kindness .... Thank you for sharing!

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  101. There is beauty in this world all around us. Look to find the good and sometimes it will find you. This is a gorgeous inspiring story.

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  102. Beautiful story. You just never know how that simple, random act of kindness, can effect another life or lives. No matter what...Be Kind. You never know.

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  103. Thank You for sharing :)
    And thank you to my Facebook friends for sharing :)

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  104. Let's hope the girl he was with at the game grabs him and makes him hers for life... A great dad he will be!

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  105. Let's hope the girl he was with at the game grabs him and makes him hers for life... A great dad he will be!

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  106. What a touching story, it brought tears to my eyes. Someday, this young man will be a great father, hopefully to one or more baseball loving children. He truly knows how to make a difference in a child's life!

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  107. Hi Sarah. Not sure if you're gonna read this, but your post sure has gone viral. I didnt know what it was when I saw the link on Facebook this morning before heading to work but it sure did make me wanna go out and do something nice for a stranger. We should all pass it forward right, isnt that what its all about. All the best to you an your family //The Danish in Liverpool

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  108. You are one awesome mom, Sarah!! And your boys are so lucky to be blessed with you!! I'm so glad your search for the mystery man was fruitful. Everything you said about him was true...he is a true angel. I'm glad this story is going viral...it will show others that Milwaukee and the Brewer organization have the BEST fans in all of baseball!!

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  109. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. If we heard more stories like this and fewer stories about the the hate it would be a much better world. Too often a simple kindness gets taken for granted or forgotten so I think it makes you just as special as that young man because you noticed, and you were grateful. :-)

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  110. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. If we heard more stories like this and fewer stories about the the hate it would be a much better world. Too often a simple kindness gets taken for granted or forgotten so I think it makes you just as special as that young man because you noticed, and you were grateful. :-)

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  111. It is so wonderful to read about a heart-warming story. God does put strangers (ANGELS) in the midst of us daily. How we respond is the reason we are here. Your son will remember that day alway. I am happy you found this amazing young man and thanked him. It seems we only hear about the bad this world has to offer and yet at a simple baseball game a kind act was playing out. God bless you and yours.

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  112. wonderful story! it just goes to show that nice people still exist and that some people do really care about even a total strangers feelings! Im sure little Isaiah will remember that day at miller park for the rest of his life!

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  113. What an awesome post...and an awesome "stranger" and his kindness. I have 3 sons, who are now all grown with children of their own, but when they were small and we were "out in public", I remember what a handful they could be! I myself was witness to an "random act of kindness" just this past week. While waiting for a friends surgery to be done, I watched as a daughter and father (90 years of age) waited for their brother and son to have back surgery, they had to get up quite early to drive an hour to the hospital to arrive for the 6 am call time, and mentioned that they might have had time for breakfast and still made it on time, a younger gentleman probably in his 30s disappeared for about an hour and when he came back he had returned with McDonalds egg and biscuit sandwiches for the hungry waiters. They could not get over his generosity and marveled over his kindness, the father said in all of his 90 years he had never "seen anything like that", well at least he had experienced it this day and as they said, "this just makes our day"! When I am in the grocery store and have a full cart, I always try to let people ahead of me w/ only one or two items, one day I let 8 people go ahead, I guess I was feeling really generous that day, no hurry to be anywhere at that time, but hoping sometime when I was in a hurry, it would come back to me....well, one day it did happen, a lady saw I only had one item and zipped me thru, boy was I thanking her for not having to stand in line while her cart was emptied! So, random acts of kindness DO happen and I believe in "what comes around, comes around". So, everybody out there, give and ye shall receive! Kudos to this young man for his wonderful treatment towards your family!

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  114. This is great! There are angels amongst us!

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  115. Nice looking and a kind heart...his lady friend is very lucky!

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  116. Brewers fans are awesome. Last year we were at a game and a ball was tossed up into our section. My son was where the ball would have landed. But a tall college aged fan caught the ball, posed with it for a few photos and was receiving congratulations from his group. My little boy was very disappointed but didn't say anything. The lucky fan then turned around and searched for the youngest person behind him and gave it to my son. He crawled up a couple of empty rows to give it. My little boy was overjoyed. The person that arranged the little boy's trip, saw it and bought the generous fan a bunch of concessions. The college student had no way of knowing that the little boy is a cancer survivor. He just did it out of the goodness of his heart, not because he knew what the little guy had been through. That makes it more special.

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  117. What a wonderful story! We need to read more stories like these on a daily basis. Isaiah will always remember this game!

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  118. Did you ever find out where he got the ball?

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  119. Such an awesome story and so glad you found him. Great young man! Don't let the sad, ignorant folks who've left you negative comments get you down - the trolls are everywhere. We all know you, and this young man, are better than they are and you are confident in your happy lives. So glad for the happy people in the world!

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  120. Read your story this morning as I am drinking my coffee. Watching my 2 year old run around crazy with his airplanes. Your story brought me back to our plane ride to Arizona. We had gentlmen behind and in front of us who made our flight somewhat pleasant. To say the least!It makes such a difference in life, acts of kindness. It goes so so far. Thank you for sharing your story. It brought me happy tears and sunshine this morning on such a cloudy gloomy day. God Bless

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  121. Nothing else to say but KUDOS..to everyone involved !!! So happy that your family enjoyed a remarkable day at the ballpark...it's an American tradition, we all should be thankful to have the opportunity to experience.

    I am so proud that you DID take your 3 BOYS all together...to the ballpark !! You were teaching them "life-lessons" in how to behave and interact in society. I know without a doubt you were reminding your boys to say excuse me, thank you, etc...it is evident in your writing what type of parents you are :)

    Chad...INCREDIBLE...!!! Obviously a product of another wonderful family !!!

    What an AWESOME experience for all...smiles were abundant, so I think it was a win-win situation for everyone involved.

    Good luck Chad in whatever life brings to you...you deserve nothing but the BEST !!!

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  122. That is awesome! I have an autistic child, and we are always afraid of taking him places because people can be so negative about his behavior. It is inspiring to see that there are still decent people out there in this world, and gives me hope that one day I will be able to enjoy a day out with my son without getting the cold, hated stares from people who think I am just a bad parent. Until they hear him speak - then they realize that he is "different" and the looks turn to looks of pity for him, which I also hate. He doesn't want their pity - he just wants acceptance.

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  123. It is so nice to hear heart warming stories in this day and age! Thankyou for sharing and thankyou to that young man who made a little boy very happy!

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  124. What a great story! It's nice to know there really are good people out there. Your son will NEVER forget this game! Such a great memory for an adorable little boy!

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  125. If you didn't care about your children you would have never attempted to take them ALL to the game! You made the day special for them, the stranger was just the icing on the cake! Hats off to you and your husband, PLUS this remarkable young man. Thank you for taking the time to share you inspiring story!!!

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  126. Love this story - thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful family and Chad, you're a very cool dude!
    This has inspired me to look for ways to be kinder. Thank you :)

    (And to those criticizing you for having a beer - sheesh folks, lighten up and get a life.

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  127. What a wonderful story! It brought tears to my eyes! Any of those negative comments are far outweighed by the positives in this story.

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  128. What a wonderful story. It filled my heart with joy and hope. Hope for the future. In a world that seems to be falling apart, it was nice to read a positive story. As for the people who couldn't handle the positive nature of your post, I guess we need to add them to our prayers as well. Ask that God soften their hardened hearts and allow them to see love and joy in the world and not only anger. Not sure how someone could put a negative twist on this story, but it takes all kinds I guess.

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  129. I was just going through my pictures from yesterday's game to see if I caught any of these moments but I didn't :( I was too focused on playing with my new multi shot device on camera, which did give me some great shots otherwise! Great story. Your son had a better experience than the little guy sitting next to us. I wanted to take him home... he was fine when his mother (I'm guessing) was not sitting there. He kept telling her he was bored and didn't want to watch the game because it was boring and she kept giving him the souvenir booklet and telling him to "read this, it's about kids" and "watch and learn so you can play better softball next year." When he told her he didn't want to play softball, she said it was too late, she already signed him up. As soon as the female got up and walked away, the boy started asking the male sitting with them (I'm guessing his father, grandparent maybe) questions about which inning it was, and then the man started explaining to the child how to read the scoreboard and stuff so he could follow along. The boy was probably 8-9 years old. That was awesome this young man did this for your son. I'll be posting all my pics to my facebook page sometime today if you want to check them out.

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  130. What an amazing story! Sometimes we don't hear about enough positive things. Random acts of kindness certainly goes a long way. Bless the young man and bless your wonderful family.

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  131. Boy, did I ever read this story at the right time! Yesterday I was chased from my home to my babysitter's driveway by a stranger who wanted to yell at me for driving too fast. I needed to be reminded that not everyone is crazy, some people are just plain awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  132. Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

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  133. What an awesome story and what a lucky little boy you have!! Thank you for sharing we need more people like this guy!!!

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  134. What a great story. I almost couldn't finish it because I was so teary eyed! It's so nice to read stories like this with all the negative in todays world. Thanks for sharing.

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  135. Thanks for sharing this! Goes to prove there are decent people out there that think beyond themselves. Am sure your son will remember this act of random kindness for years to come and maybe someday, he will make someones day too.

    As for the naysayers, it's always easy to look down at others as it takes the heat off having to deal with their own issues.

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  136. Such a feel good story! That young man will be a fabulous father some day. Thanks for sharing your story.
    LoresWisconsin

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  137. This story brought me to tears this morning. As a mom of 4, I completely understand how special this made the game for your son. When out traveling with young children, all too often I see intolerance. You know the type. The eye roll with the "oh great, I'm surrounded by noisy little kids". The story of this kind stranger has touched my heart. God bless him.

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  138. Awesome story! What an amazing young man!

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  139. Love your story. People that think negitive about any part of your story is just jealous that it wasnt them in your shoes that day u have an amazing family and an amazing heart. Dont change a thing. The man that made your boys day. Them come far and few now days. Hes girlfriend is a blessed young lady. I am sure she realizes what she has though all of this. Your story is beautiful and keep your head held high because of it.

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  140. It is too early in the day to cry, I shouldn't have read this.

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  141. I can't believe anyone would try and spin this negatively... this is an amazing story and the mystery man is completely selfless and wonderful for being so kind to your kids. I work at a ballpark and I know how crazy it is for parents bringing their kids on a sunny afternoon, you SO deserved those beers and shouldn't be made to feel otherwise! Glad you had such a great time at the game :)

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  142. Great story...thank you so much for sharing!!

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  143. Wonderfully written. I learn every day there are parents who allow their kids to not care about others, and there are those like you ... the ones who are grateful and humane, and instill this in their children.

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  144. As the mother of 4 grown up boys... this story touched me in many ways! First as a mother years ago, sitting in the stands as you did... boys getting up and down... with gloves larger than their hands waiting not so patiently for a foul ball to come their way... but they loved being at the ball park. And still do til this day. Now in their 20s... I can relate even more to your story... because I believe my boys would have been trying as hard as your "angel in the outfield" to get your son a ball too! And it comes so naturally.. that they don't even think of it as anything special... just simple acts of kindness that make a difference in a little boys life... so someday he will do the same!

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  145. Beautiful story! Like so many others have said, it brought tears to my eyes! As a mom, you pray that your children will be shown kindness by people they know and by strangers, and this is a perfect example! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  146. As a mother of 4 grown up boys... I can relate to your story in many ways. Always loved taking them to the ball games.. and I can remember them popping up and down in their seats... with each fly ball that came our way... with gloves larger than their hands .. hoping a ball just landed right in it. But today my boys are all in their 20s... and your story made me think if they were sitting in front of your family... they would have done something similar to your "angel in the outfield" ... And the best part of the story is that now your boys will have another example of how small acts of kindness make a difference... and they will act the same ... in some similar situation ... one day too.

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  147. Isaiah has a pretty sweet Mallards hat too. Great story.

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  148. What an amazing story!! I'm so glad that there are still good people out there doing nice things for people they don't know! It seems that in this day in age everyone is out for themselves :( Kudos to you momma for having a few beers, I know as a momma that sometimes you've got to indulge a little! (As far as those who've made negative comments about this butt out! As Thumper says, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!" I'm glad you found out the name of the amazing angel who made your son's day and that you will be able to keep in touch!

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  149. Another one of a million reasons I am proud to live in Wisconsin!!

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  150. As a mother of boys that does not have have a 'rule' book and lives my life one day at a time, I completely understand where you are coming from with this story. As someone that has been pulled into the spotlight around the globe in the last 7 years...believe me! People think they know you, know better than you, are better than you, will tell you how to be better, will chastise you for honesty. Know that there are a million more that know exactly where you are coming from and admire you for putting it out there. Keep up the good work. xxxoxo, Erin Smith erinsmithart(dot)com

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  151. This is a wonderful story like a breath of fresh air. There is so much negativity everywhere this is great. He does sound like a fine young man.

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  152. A similar scenario took place a few years back. We had Cooper Power Systems 2nd row seats just past the Brewers dugout towards right field. In the front row was a young boy with his dad. Dad was a quiet man a little nervous about being in the front row. Every time Cory Hart came out I asked for a warm up ball, knowing it was for this young boy since his dad wasn't about to ask a Brewer for 1. I motioned to Cory it was for the little guy, kudos to him he tossed me a nice 1 hopper and the little guy was in 7th heaven for the rest of the game. I felt good too.

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  153. Great story. Unfortunately haters have to hate! And you are the hero of the story too, btw!

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  154. A great reminder that there are good people in this world! Having little ones of my own I could so feel your energy drain taking them all to the game LOL!
    That young man is going to make a great husband and father one day as he truly understands giving, and doing it without expectation of anything other than a little boy's joy as reward!

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  155. amazing story! What a great blog, run by a great mom who had the chance to meet an amazing young man.

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  156. The first thing I thought of is---we haven't lost our greatness in the human race ! We just normally only hear the negative! So thank you for keeping my faith in the human race I love it!!

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  157. Love stories like this. It reminds us all that there are so many nice people in the world. My friends have created a foundation in memory of their son that is based on exactly what you said. "It can be so easy to forget sometimes how small acts of kindness can have such a huge impact on our fellow humans. Holding open a door, offering a seat on a bus or subway, paying for a stranger's coffee. All teeny little choices that can become a bright spot in an otherwise difficult day." You can read about their foundation at reesspechtlife.com or find them under the same name on facebook. Bless this young man and your family.

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  158. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story about the TRUE nature of human beings! I am so sorry that because of the Love and Thoughfulness of a person there you have been a target of an hurtful agenda. Please continue to bless others this the GOOD in this world! We all need a reminder that there is good and we can all access the good and be a promoter of the good! May God bless you and your family along with this wonderful thoughful young man!

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  159. This was a great way to start the day.
    This individual's unselfish and loving actions are equaled only by your wonderful letter of thanks - beautiful reflections of God through the acts of everyday people.
    Thank you.

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  160. Not sure if you've read this yet but you've been invited back to the Brewers game as guests fo the Brewers - read their message here: http://brewers.mlblogs.com/2013/08/06/an-open-letter-to-sarah-and-chad-the-mystery-man-at-miller-park/

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  161. kudos to this young man's mother & father for raising such a fine young man!! This story brought tears to my eyes because you just don't hear of such things anymore!! Wish their were more people in this world like this It would be a much happier place to live!! Your children have learned a lot just by being at the Brewer game at the right time & meeting this gentleman!!!

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  162. For every one punk that ruins your day with an ignorant or hateful comment, there are ten of us that are blessed to the point of tears by this story. I hope that give you some comfort.

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  163. http://brewers.mlblogs.com/2013/08/06/an-open-letter-to-sarah-and-chad-the-mystery-man-at-miller-park/

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  164. Just a heads up:

    http://brewers.mlblogs.com/2013/08/06/an-open-letter-to-sarah-and-chad-the-mystery-man-at-miller-park/

    Great story. I loved reading it! Helps restore faith in humanity. :)

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  165. Thanks for restoring my faith in humanity! This is a great story about an unplanned act of kindness from a complete stranger. Glad you were able to connect with the mystery fan and thank him.

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  166. As I read this story happy tears kept running down my face! So many times in our life we are in such a hurry we don't take to "smell the roses". Or we worry too much about what other people think about the behavior about our own children, we have a tendency to hush them without letting them be kids (within reason!). Life is way too short to worry about what other people think...how wonderful to know there is a person like Chad to make a little boy have a life memory. Truly the most inspiring story ever!!! And also to Sara to allow her boys to be little boys!! Thank you for sharing a very wonderful story!!! Children grow up & become adults with lessons they learn from childhood, what a wonderful lesson they have learned from both their mother & a truly wonderful young man. I am sure this will be a forever story!!

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  167. Did you see they are trying to get in touch with you....it's on the Brewer's page on Facebook
    johnandcait@brewers.com

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  168. So glad you're dismissing the negative comments. As a single mamma of only ONE, I totally support your need/desire for help, even from a kind stranger and your RIGHT to have 3 beers!!! Thank you for sharing this story, it makes me have faith in the human race again and makes me want to move back to Wisconsin. God bless you and yours!!!

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  169. Dear Mrs McLaughlin - You raised a remarkable young man, Isaiah will never forget the wonderful example your son modeled that day for him. Dear young lady Chad was sitting with - He's a Keeper!!

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  170. Awesome story! Please contact johnandcait@brewers.com. They have written an open letter to you and are trying to contact you.

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  171. If everyone who reads this would just take time today and do something nice for someone else like this young man did at Miller Park how awesome that would be. I know for a fact that doing a kind deed as often as possible sometimes makes the day for the recipient plus it is uplifting to oneself. And, to remain anonymous even adds to the delight!!

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  172. The Brewers have invited you and this Chad back to the ballpark. http://brewers.mlblogs.com/2013/08/06/an-open-letter-to-sarah-and-chad-the-mystery-man-at-miller-park/

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  173. Just saw this message to you and Chad posted on the Brewers Facebook page: http://brewers.mlblogs.com/2013/08/06/an-open-letter-to-sarah-and-chad-the-mystery-man-at-miller-park/

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  174. That was such a lovely story. If anyone slants it in a negative way, they must have a very sad soul. There was nothing but kindness in this young man...I love it! I'm sure your son will treasure this ball and memory too!

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