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Texas Boy Who Lost Foul Ball to Adult Gets Windfall

(Arlington, Texas-AP) -- A four-year-old Texas boy didn't get

the ball -- but he got a lot more.

    A man sitting behind Nick O'Brien at a Rangers baseball game

Sunday was shown on video diving for a foul ball and knocking the

boy against the seats. Fans chanted for the man to give the boy the

ball, but he wouldn't.

   The Rangers and the rival St. Louis Cardinals gave Nick some

souvenirs of his own -- two bats and four baseballs, including one

signed by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.

   Nick's mother tells ABC's "Good Morning America" the man who

got the foul ball seemed proud of it. She says she swatted him with

a cardboard fan and called him a jerk -- among other names.

The Dallas Morning News identifies the man as a 28-year-old

landscaper -- and a former youth minister. A pastor at his church

says he's "not the bad guy he's been made out to be."

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