For many young baseball fans, one of the biggest thrills in the world is to bring home an actual ball from a big league game.
You should've seen the mass of humanity I had to wriggle out of as a lad just to emerge with a foul ball back at Three Rivers Stadium in the '80s. But I still cherish it to this day.
So imagine how nice it must have been for a young Philadelphia Phillies fan to simply have a ball handed to him at Citizens Bank Park last week. No wrestling, no struggle, nothing to endure whatsoever.
Well, maybe not. The ball was handed to him by Colorado Rockies first-base coach Rene Lachemann, a Los Angeles native and 48-year baseball veteran who has a tradition of handing out baseballs to young fans.
With a catch -- they also have to listen to a lecture on life's lessons.
Check out the video below from Comcast Sports Nets in Philadelphia. As the boy is admiring his souvenir, Lachemann suddenly thrusts a finger right in the child's face: "Hey! Don't you be lying to me -- you listen to your mother and father?"