What is going on in this world?

A 12-year-old girl sued the Philadelphia Phillies and won.

Jennifer Valdivia came up with Ryan Howard’s 200th career homer (the fewest games in history to reach that milestone) in a July game in Florida. The Phillies traded her an autographed ball for its return.

Not good enough.

The girl’s mother filed a lawsuit Monday to have the ball returned. Rather than go through the dog-and-pony show, the Phillies returned the ball to her.

You have to wonder about the girl’s mother. Of course, I gave up a long time ago wondering about the kind of lawyer that would file such a lawsuit.

4 thoughts on “What is going on in this world?

  1. It’s about money pure and simple.

    I am sure the father or a friend from across the street said u r stupid and hence the call to the lawyer.

    A PR nightmare. Big club vs little girl.

    It is the same reason kids 10 or so go get autographs and then sell it on eBay.

    I don’t blame the players too much when they walk by the fans, even the kids. Because they know the game.

    Most are not doing it for the love of the game, their favorite player, whatever. They want a quick buck.

    This is our world.

  2. I’m going to quote from something I wrote which was published in a NY newspaper on October 27, 2000.

    “In this flawed World Series, which stumbled at the start over the Roger Clemens bat throwing incident, a young man named Derek Jeter took charge in Game 4 with a first pitch home run. Playing with joy and excellent baseball instincts, he led his team to victory. Make no mistake, baseball fans are seeing someone very special when they watch Derek Jeter play.”

    Derek hasn’t changed much, has he?

  3. thats a sad story but I also remember when Mcguire broke the record, the fan gave it back for some autographed equipment. That ball was a lot more special at the time than Howards 200th. Maybe its a midwest vs. east coast mentality.