Braves set up fan with Freeman ball, birthday party

ATLANTA -- A young boy who had a baseball taken away from him by a security guard at SunTrust Park on Wednesday has received a Freddie Freeman autographed baseball and an invitation to celebrate his birthday at a Braves' home game in June.

The Braves extended these offers in response to what occurred after Rio Ruiz doubled down the right-field line during the eighth inning of Wednesday's 12-5, 10-inning loss to the Pirates. An unidentified man reached onto the field to snare the live baseball and quickly handed it to his girlfriend's son.

A security guard rushed to the area and jumped into the seats to eject the man, who had interfered with a ball in play. But in the process, he also opted to take the ball from the young boy, which drew the ire from other fans -- as well as team officials.

After initially being escorted away, the man and the young boy were allowed to return to their seats for the remainder of the game.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.