This one is just plain sickening from John in Malverne


3 Responses to “This one is just plain sickening from John in Malverne”

  1. August 24, 2009 at 9:03 PM


    EVERY August, if you’re interested in gauging our starts-young “sports culture,” especially in the hands of TV, there’s the Little League World Series on ABC/ESPN. It can cure stomach discomfort. By making you sick.

    Saturday, the 12-year-olds representing Georgia were up, 4-1, against the kids from Staten Island when a Georgia batter, being intentionally walked, was at 3-0. But with the catcher again setting up outside and the ball again thrown outside, the batter swung and, of course, missed.

    On ABC, Gary Thorne, known for presenting bad guesswork as fact, claimed that the batter “swung at that, just fooling around.”

    Oh no,he didn’t. If he had, Georgia’s coach, immediately shown coaching third, would not have responded with silence and a knowing look. It was clear that with Staten Island’s starter’s pitch-count nearing the maximum allowed, 85, the kid had been instructed to swing at 3-0, to increase the total.

    Here was another example of adults encouraging kids to forget playing ball and instead try to win by hook or by crook, to exploit every rule, to worm through loopholes.

    ABC’s broadcast truck half got it. It cut to a shot of an electric pitch-count board in the outfield, except it focused on the wrong team’s. A close-up showed Georgia’s starter to have thrown 44, when N.Y.’s starter, after that kid swung at 3-0, had reached 77.

    There was more. ESPN, as usual, put an mph gun on the pitchers, NY’s coach was heard to tell his catcher to beware, “They’re stealing the signs,” and because ABC/ESPN always is eager to exploit anything and anyone, including children, the favorite TV show of a kid was posted as “SportsCenter.” Every year it seems as if LLWS kids watch ABC or ESPN, or don’t watch TV at all.

  2. August 24, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Can this really be true? Seems the more rules you make to try and help the kids, the more true idiots pop out figuring out ways to exploit th and turn them into one more senseless tool

  3. August 25, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    The rule is in place to help the kids from throwing too much not for devising ways to get good pitchers out of the game. Makes me sick!.What are we teaching these kids? Its ok to manipulate the rules as to gain an advantage in trying to win a game with 12yr old kids? Craziness

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