A 4-year-old boy is quickly getting over his disappointment at losing a foul ball to an adult.

A man sitting behind Nick O'Brien at a Rangers game Sunday in Arlington, Tex., knocked the boy against the seats as he dived for the ball. Fans chanted "Give him the ball!" but the man wouldn't give it up. "I couldn't believe someone would do something like that to a 4-year-old boy," said Nick's mother, Edie O'Brien.

O'Brien said she swatted the man with a cardboard fan and called him a jerk, among other names. "I said, 'You trampled a 4-year-old boy to get this ball,' and he said, 'Oh, well,' " she told ABC's "Good Morning America" yesterday.

Nick wasn't hurt, but fan outrage mushroomed, and even Rangers announcer Tom Grieve called the man "the biggest jerk in this park" on TV. The Rangers and Cardinals quickly made sure Nick got souvenirs -- two bats and four baseballs, including one signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, a former Ranger.

* MANAGERS: Former Ps Goose Gossage and Fernando Valenzuela will manage top minor leaguers in the Futures game during all-star weekend in Houston.

* OUT: The Blue Jays put OF Vernon Wells (strained calf) on the 15-day disabled list. The team activated 2B Orlando Hudson from the DL.

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