Twins OF Byron Buxton, Orioles step up for young fan who had autographed ball stolen

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton and the Baltimore Orioles turned a negative into a positive on Wednesday.

The All-Star jumped into action after a complaint from a fan started going viral, in which they complained their son had received a signed ball from his favorite player, Buxton, only to have it stolen from him in the stands at the Baltimore Orioles’ Camden Yards:

Arguably one of the worst baseball game experiences of my life last night. Camden was autograph hunting and was lucky enough to get his favorite Twins player, Byron Buxton, to sign his ball. As the ball is being handed back to him by the usher, someone else grabs it and bolts. He is in instant tears and inconsolable once I make it over to him from our seats. Luckily chicken tenders and pizza helped eased the pain but of course when we got to the parking garage he started to cry again.

As the complaint circulated, Buxton replied to a fan account vowing to “make it right.”

Fast forward a few hours and the young fan’s family had front-row seats and Twins reporter Audra Martin was handing him not only a new signed ball, but signed batting gloves and a bat as well. Martin later said on X that she only asked Buxton for a new signed ball and he responded with the extras.

The seats were reportedly a gift from the Orioles, who also wanted to help.

As the fan’s father told Martin:

“The generosity of the Baltimore Orioles to see something that went wrong, even though he’s cheering for the other team, and just to give that generosity is absolutely amazing.

“It’s amazing. We were trying not to make a big deal out of it because stuff happens sometimes and it just went around. I’m just so glad that a negative day turned into something positive for him.”

The Orioles would go on to defeat the Twins 4-2 in that game.

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