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Chloe Beaver loves the Houston Astros and she saw the team in action with her family last weekend. As she loudly cheered, “Swing Batter Batter,” during the game, a woman chastised her with a sharp rebuke of “Enough!” This caused Chloe to withdraw. Chloe’s mom, Monica Beaver, shared a video of the encounter on Facebook and people, including several Astros players, supported Chloe in a big way.
“Chloe, don’t you EVER stop cheering! I would love for you to cheer us on, as LOUD as you can, during ALDS game 1 in MMP! I would be honored to leave you a ticket,” Astros’ pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr. wrote on Twitter.
At first, Beaver wasn’t sure what happened when her daughter stopped cheering and Chloe refused to say but a second video captured the moment, according to KTRK. The 8-year-old girl has disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), a childhood psychiatric disorder characterized by anger, irritability and outbursts, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Chloe can’t process her feelings like others and her emotional comprehension isn’t “greater than that of a toddlers,” Beaver shared on Facebook.
But during the game, she was just having fun:
“She was cheering and ‘distracting the other team,” Beaver said in her post.
After the woman yelled at her, “This poor baby shut down. Completely defeated and refused to cheer the remainder of the game,” Beaver added.
Beaver’s message quickly spread with almost 5,000 shares and nearly 1 million views. When the local media began covering it, Astro players rallied around their young fan. An Astros’ spokeswoman told TODAY the organization had no comment.
“Don’t let anybody tell you to stop cheering! If they don’t like it then they can go home,” outfielder Josh Reddick tweeted.
First-baseman Tyler White said: “Chloe please cheer at the games as loud as you can, and if anyone tells you to stop cheer louder.”
Beaver told KTRK that Chloe doesn’t cheer at home so the games give Chloe a chance to let loose.
“We don’t get to scream and holler at home,” she said. “It’s one of the things she likes. It’s a way to express her emotions.”
Chloe felt bad after the woman yelled at her because she felt like she was being “annoying.”
Beaver responded to TODAY's request for an interview with a message of gratitude: "Right now Chloe has had so much attention and support she's really overwhelmed. At the moment we just want her to have a break, time to breath."
But she told KTRK that she has been inspired by the positive response.
“It’s uplifting,” she said. “Again I’m still in shock.”