Some Good News (for a change)

July 25, 2011

My friend’s son Ian,12, made national news last week.  He was at a baseball game, caught a ball and then realized the ball was meant for a younger kid.  Ian saw how upset the kid was and without hesitation, gave him the ball.  The announcers saw his kind act and word spread from there.  He was taken into the broadcast booth and given a signed bat.  The next day, he took batting practice, threw out the first pitch and was “person of the week” on ABC. The video of his “heroics” went viral.  To say I was a proud would be an understatement.

It also made me think about the news.  I do not watch the news on a regular basis. (Unless you count SportsCenter)  I catch bits and pieces at the gym or in the evening.  I prefer longer “60 Minutes” or “Dateline NBC” type shows.  I feel like I should watch the news, but when I do, I get very frustrated.  Like recently with this Casey Anthony case.  The “Today Show,” which I thought was a reputable news outlet, was tracking a possible plane she might or might not have been on.  They might as well have been TMZ.  The local news is frustrating as well.  They report mostly bad news or random fires, train crashes and car accidents that happen throughout the country.  The reason for all of this I know is the “R” word.  Ratings rule the world and the people of America like to see fires and follow Casey Anthony’s plane (and watch Reality TV, but we have been down that road before!)

The good news is that occasionally there is a feel good story that makes headlines.  Ian was one of those stories.  Thank you Ian for giving us all a break from the news we normally have to endure.

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