This is Baseball, not Backgammon!

This interesting scenario transpired at the Little League World Series recently.  Click through for a discussion of baseball and what happens when you leave a kid riding pine for too long.  The lesson?  Play everyone, even the lumbering and uncoordinated.  It’ll make you feel better, at the very least.  At best, it’ll get you into the next round in Williamsport.

(hat tip to reader – and diehard Mets fan – samuchaa for the link)

5 comments… add one
  • I thought the lesson was that the Little League has stupid rules — or at least excessive punishments for admirable but misguided rules.

    Paul SF September 6, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • Maybe true, Paul. I was just speaking as a former lumbering and uncoordinated little leaguer.

    SF September 6, 2006, 3:19 pm
  • I was a slow running kid with bad hand/eye and not much of a bat in LL. I rode the pine for 3 full seasons until I got a little taller and turned in to a decent lefty first bagger. I continued to work and became a decent hitting and fielding first bagger through high school.
    In life we all have skills, some people are good at one thing and others are good at another, learning that, is, in my opinion, one of the most important lessons in life.
    The rule is stupid, especially in the LLWS run up. Riding the pine only made me work harder, as it should for any kid. The problem here is much deeper, coaches should not be parents, competition is important, as important as the other values LL teaches.
    “Every kid bats” is just as stupid as the recent trend of not keeping score in youth soccer, don’t even get me started on that…

    Lockland September 6, 2006, 7:39 pm
  • And to think, I was *proud* when I heard that NH had moved on to the LLWS, when all this time, they never deserved to.

    Kazz September 7, 2006, 1:14 am
  • Here’s a question – why didn’t Place wait for two outs, then tell his pitcher to walk 4 kids? Would the batter really try to strike out with an IBB? Who knows.

    rk September 9, 2006, 11:45 am

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