CHICAGO (AP) -- Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa said he accepts the apology of a 15-year-old fan who attacked him on the field during a game and hopes the boy learns from his "tragic mistake."
Gamboa said Thursday he would like to see the boy receive probation and community service because he was already held for a month in juvenile detention after the September attack at Comiskey Park.
"I can't see a 15- or 16-year-old kid being thrown down the drain for making a tragic mistake," Gamboa said while testifying at the teen's sentencing hearing.
Gamboa, himself a father of five, added afterward: "I sure hope he turns out OK."
The boy apologized to Gamboa during the start of the hearing in juvenile court. The hearing is scheduled to resume Friday.
"Being incarcerated has made me realize how stupid my actions were," said the boy.
The boy was released to his family last month after pleading guilty Oct. 21 to one count of aggravated battery and two counts of mob action.
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