The true story behind smirking fan blasted for ‘stealing’ ball from kid at Chicago Cubs baseball match

A BASEBALL fan who was branded a "monster" after appearing to swipe a baseball from a young child may not be as bad as he first appeared.

A clip from a Chicago Cubs game went viral with a man accused of being a bully — but all is not quite what it seems.

 Chicago Cubs player Will Venable threw the ball to a young child sat in the front row

Chicago Cubs player Will Venable threw the ball to a young child sat in the front row
 The youngster drops the ball under his seat and a man behind stoops down to grab it

The youngster drops the ball under his seat and a man behind stoops down to grab it
 The man in a Cubs jersey and sunglasses then gives the ball to his partner sat to his right

The man in a Cubs jersey and sunglasses then gives the ball to his partner sat to his right

A ball is thrown into the crowd by Cubs first baseman Will Venable, but as the youngster goes to catch it, he misses it and it drops on to the floor.

Sat behind, a shaven-headed fan, wearing a Chicago Cubs jersey and sunglasses, excitedly reaches down and grabs the collector's item, handing it to a woman to his right and cheering.

The look on the child's face is one of innocent disappointment.

The youth and what appears to be his relative, sit back in their seats.

 Cubs fan Chuck Mycoff was sat next to the man in the sunglasses and tweeted about his version of events

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Cubs fan Chuck Mycoff was sat next to the man in the sunglasses and tweeted about his version of events
 The man in the blue polo shirt and cap, right, known as Chuck Mycoff on Twitter, shared his version of events

The man in the blue polo shirt and cap, right, known as Chuck Mycoff on Twitter, shared his version of events
 Another witness, Jeff Rose, was sat to the right of the boy and thought there had been a big misunderstanding

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Another witness, Jeff Rose, was sat to the right of the boy and thought there had been a big misunderstanding
 The man in the red t-shirt tweeted that there had been a big misunderstanding over the incident

The man in the red t-shirt tweeted that there had been a big misunderstanding over the incident

The incident quickly went viral on Twitter and the fall-out was not good.

One user Dave said: "When this guy goes to work Monday, let's hope a real man verbally sets him straight! Totally no class."

Jeanna Wilkes tweeted: "What a poor representation of our @cubs family. Not #Cubs character."

But one user claiming to be the man sat to his right gave an insight into another side of the story.

 Broadcaster David Kaplan decided to clarify the situation

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Broadcaster David Kaplan decided to clarify the situation

Chuck Mycoff tweeted: "I was sitting next to this guy. That ball was between my feet.

"The kid already had a ball the same guy helped him get.

"He handed it to his wife. She took a picture of it and they gave it to the kid next to them.

"This guy was great. This story is BAD."

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 The Chicago Cubs went on to beat the St Louis Cardinals 7-2

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The Chicago Cubs went on to beat the St Louis Cardinals 7-2
 The Cubs are currently leading the National League Central division in the chase for the World Series

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The Cubs are currently leading the National League Central division in the chase for the World Series

Jeff Rose tweeted: "I was sitting next to the little boy and in front of the Cubs fan getting called every name in the book.

"Here's what they forgot to mention…

"1. The boy already got a ball two innings before this.

"2. The guy was able to snag at least 2 other balls & gave them to other kids."

Broadcaster David Kaplan also jumped to the defence of the man.

He tweeted: "I spoke with people from the Cubs. The man who grabbed the ball on the widely seen video had actually already helped the little boy get a ball earlier.

"The young man has a game used ball and a Javy Baez ball. All is well.

"Guy is A-OK so let it go people."

The Cubs social media team managed to track down the family at Wrigley Field before the end of the game and gave the youngster a signed baseball.

And the home side beat the Cardinals 7-2 on Sunday, meaning the lad left the ground with two baseballs from a victorious home team.

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A BASEBALL fan who was branded a "monster" after appearing to swipe a baseball from a young child may not be as bad as he first appeared.