as Barach Obama speaks of ending discriminations two sports
discrimination events spring forth. One is a case where Jericho Scott,
a 9-year-old Youth League baseball player, was barred from his league
because his fastball was too fast. The other is a ruling by the
LPGA suspending players for not being proficient in
Just when you think league administrators couldn’t
be more idiotic you find out how idiotic you are… for short selling
their idiocy. It’s like we had forgotten our favorite car company
really did bring out an Edsel. It’s like we forgot you could make the
finals of a major beauty contest because you knew the children of South
Africa could help us serve bar-b-q in Iraq.
Both of these newly minted laws essentially are disguised ploys to
eliminate competition. The barred kid with the 40-mile-an-hour
fastball, Jericho Scott, committed an unpardonable law in this
particular league, he refused to play for the perennial front running
team which also happens to be sponsored by the league’s president. In
the LPGA, the Koreans have been dominating almost all events. Take that
back… ALL events. So, in both cases, somebody has been too good.
Let’s be clear. Jericho Scott is very accurate. He
has not hit a single batter. But last week, when Scott showed up on the
mound after being ordered to play another position, the opposing team
packed up their bats and mitts and went home. Notice I didn’t mention
That’s because the players, the coaches and the
league have no balls, just like the LPGA will have no balls if they
insist on enforcing their English only law. And for both sports, you
need balls. Yes, ladies … and pre-pubescent kiddos, you NEED balls. The
LPGA should know that NO major U.S. sports league require players to
speak English, including the golf tours of the PGA or the ATP.
Here’s a hint to the LPGA: professional golfers can afford interpreters.
Here’s a question for the New Haven, Connecticut
Youth Baseball League: Is this how you teach values to young
ballplayers? That it’s right not to face your fears? Do your players
still go out for ice cream after spending the whole game cowering in
By the way, we checked and we found out plenty of
9-10 year-olds youth league pitchers who throw above 40-miles-per-hour.
Some even hurl it above the 55 mph level. But actually I can sympathize
with the knee-clacking little ballplayers. I remember our high school
team traveling out to Balko in the Oklahoma panhandle to face a 95 mph
flamethrower. The only difference was this rocket-arm, instead of being
accurate like the young Mr. Scott, was wacky wild. And not only wild,
he wore coke-bottle glasses. The kind where, when he takes them off to
wipe his forehead, an entire ant den catches on fire. I remember one
time his glasses fell off his head and he lined up on the mound as if
to pitch to second base... while I was on-deck. I called time out
to help him find his glasses… and ran out to the mound to make sure he
didn’t step on them. As I handed him his glasses I whispered “Just
throw it outside. I’ll swing at every one.”
That’s the lesson the Youth League should understand. Don’t let these kids grow up to be me.