Regret is probably too strong of a word, but nearly five months later I still wish I had spoken with that disgruntled man from Grand Forks.
He stood about five feet away and berated officials until he was forced to leave Maysa Arena during a high school girls hockey game.
His language was colorful, as was his face - an intense red from inexplicable anger.
I contemplated following him to the parking lot out of sheer curiousity. How could a perceived miscall enrage a grown adult to the point of embarrassing himself, his family and his community?
(I cowered and focused on the game.)
Sometimes the moments that make us most proud of humankind also remind us of those moments that make us cringe at one another.
This was the case at South Hill Complex on Thursday.
Eighty-one individuals ranging from the ages of four to 22 years old gathered for Dream Catchers. The participants have a variety of physical and mental disabilities and take turns hitting and fielding for two innings. This week's turnout was the largest in the 10-year history of the Minot program, according to director Michelle Bliven.
Friends and families cheered and the Minot Metros, a Junior American Legion baseball team, paired with the Dream Catchers' players.
The bleachers would have been filled if not for the bustling of players and their parents, many eager to snap photos of their son or daughter beaming in the batter's box. But the turnout wasn't quite enough considering how many people forget that concise, yet telling statement: It's just a game.
I was reminded of that angry visitor from Grand Forks in January. It would have been nice for him to see the smiles on every face at the complex.
Grace Burckhard, 12, couldn't contain her excitement to play with the Metros as she paced behind a dugout before her group took the field.
"I want the boys," yelled Grace, who was born with Down syndrome.
She got her wish, was paired with Minot High School rising junior Andrew Arnold and immediately greeted him with a high five.
"It was fun, I enjoyed it," Arnold said. "She had a few different subjects going. We talked about her parents, all her friends that she had, school life and at one point she was drawing in the sand. She wanted me to give her a piggyback ride."
Arnold raced to first base with Grace after she hit. Her preparation included two taps of home plate between pitches.
"It's something I kind of miss looking back at tee ball," Arnold said.
The Metros coaching staff also enjoyed interacting with the Dream Catchers' players.
Jason Steele coaches girls hockey and baseball at MHS and was quickly engaged in a back-and-forth with 12-year-old Dream Catcher Andre' St. Clare.
Andre' glowed and dished it back when Steele chided him for missing the ball on his first two swings.
"I teach a few of these kids, so it's fun to come out and watch them and get to see them out here, outside and playing," Steele said. "It's fun to be able to joke around with them outside of a school setting and Andre' - he's a hoot."
No one cursed. No one argued. No one belittled another.
The Dream Catchers and their supporters exhibited civility - a quality too often forgotten by the participants and supporters at high school sporting events.
We all know someone who has made us uncomfortable at a high school game and many of us have been tempted to join in the childish behavior.
Ask "that" friend or anyone to join you on a fair Thursday evening for the Dream Catchers.
Take in a game where the calls don't matter as much and appreciate the pure joy that should be associated with sport.
After all, they're just games. Enjoy them.