Let s start with this: Yes, the fan probably should have been ejected from the game. You can t interfere with a ball that is in play. But, man, this security guard at the Atlanta Braves game on Wednesday night blew it by then taking the ball from the little kid. The Braves were playing the Pirates when Atlanta s Rio Ruiz hit a ball down the first-base line. A fan with a glove leaned over the wall and grabbed the ball, which is a no-no. The fan then handed it to a young boy, who was overjoyed to get the souvenir.
That excitement lasted all of 6 seconds. The tenacious security guard was leading the man up the stairs when he went back and retrieved the ball. I think the Braves announcer who quoted a line from the movie Stripes said it best: Lighten up, Francis. 
ESPN reported that the Braves gave a baseball autographed by All-Star Freddie Freeman to the boy, and that he was invited back to a game for his birthday. The man who got the ball also was allowed back to his seat, ESPN said. I m not sure why the kid didn t get to keep the original ball.
By Patti Jay
As a veteran of the Oregon Air National Guard, I have been trained to manage dangerous and challenging situations without fear. As a mother of three successful children, I also know how to care for my family and my home. As a former aide to Oregon State Senator Rod Monroe, I developed the skills to manage the high-stress and fast-paced political process. And yet the fear and desperation of a no-cause eviction last year almost brought me and my family to our knees. My landlord treated me unfairly, in a way that destroyed my family’s stability. Our state’s no-cause eviction laws are a loophole that allows bad behavior to go unchecked. I write to stand up for all those who are afraid to speak about their experiences for fear of retaliation. In this market, with high prices and non-existent vacancy rates, most people can’t afford to speak up. In the early spring of last year, I was recovering from surgery. One day during my recovery, I went to get the mail and noticed a piece of paper tacked to the wall outside my door. It was a 60-day notice to vacate my home. There was no cause listed. I had never heard any concerns from my landlord or my neighbors. This notice arrived completely out of the blue.
The notice threw me into desperation. I am a hardworking mother and my sons and I are responsible tenants. The only reason for this notice I could think of was that I received it the day after the contractor completed repairs I had requested to remediate black mold in the bathroom. I immediately began the frantic attempt to find new housing and gather the funds to pay for moving expenses and the deposit on a new place. I am thankful to the Clackamas County Veterans Services Division for their financial and emotional assistance during that terrible time. It was difficult to find alternate housing. It was the middle of my son’s freshman year at Milwaukie High School, and we wanted to stay within the school district. While we finally found an apartment, the monthly rent was $400 more than we were paying before.
Nearly a year later, I have a wonderful new job and we are stable again. But the fear that this could happen again, at any time and with no warning or reason, remains with my family. We are good tenants who pay our rent on time and follow the rules. We deserve stability and fairness. Share your opinion
Submit your essay of 500 words or less to [email protected] Please include your email and phone number for verification. When I told my son I planned to speak up, he asked me to share his words: “For me, eviction, especially without cause, has had an alienating effect. Without the security of a house, there is no home. Without the security of a neighborhood, there is no community. And without the need for justification before an eviction, there is no justice.”
The legislature has an opportunity to ensure stability for Oregon families. I urge our legislators to stand up for fairness and justice, and pass House Bill 2004.
Patti Jay lives in Milwaukie.
If Major League Baseball is trying to appeal to a new generation, this isn’t helping.
Video from Wednesday night’s Atlanta Braves game shows a Braves security guard hurdle into the crowd to eject a fan for interference. The fan had reached over the wall to retrieve a Rio Ruiz groundball down the first-base line in order to give it to a nearby kid. The only problem – it was a fair ball.
The security guard proceeds to take the ball from the kid s hand in the midst of the ejection. Yikes.
Was the ejection justified? Yeah interfering with a game will more than likely lead to ejection (unless your name is Jeffrey Maier). But did the guard really need to yank the ball from the kid? Bad call.
Baseball is notorious for its unwritten rules and taking a ball from a kid in the stands should be at the top of the list.
The story has a happy ending, though, as the Braves ended up giving the boy a ball autographed by Freddie Freeman, per an ESPN report. The team also issued an invite for the kid to return to a game in June to celebrate his birthday.