And if you're wondering, I get the feeling we won't be seeing Harold Reynolds offering "Tips for Sexually Harrassing Your Co-Workers" on ESPN's Little League World Series coverage this year...
Sad and manipulative. I always wondered why there are these 'mandatory playing time' rules for an All-Star game. Just let the best kids play and you find out which team deserves to win. Socialism on the playing field. I think this rule is good for Parks and Recs teams but on an All-Star team? No. Meanwhile, no respect for the NH coach. He realized his team could win on a rules infraction and didn't have them play up to their potential to try and beat the Vermont team. Bad conduct all around. Poor examples for the kids.
OK, which coach will we side with here.
My opinion -- the first coach made an honest mistake, he sent the guy to the plate but the guy didn't make it up before 3 outs, and then he realised because they batted last his guy wasn't going to get up in the 6th inning.
So he did the only thing he could, which was try to get the game tied so he could let the kid play an at-bat like the rules say.
Which is also a nice thing, because the rules exist to ensure that all the players get to bat in the game.
The OTHER coach, rather than let his team get tied, and give the child a chance to bat in the game, told HIS kids to throw the game knowing they would then protest and win.
The FIRST team wasn't ensured a win -- in fact, they were risking their victory by allowing the game to get tied, and after it was tied the other team might have gotten some hits with the bases loaded and pulled way ahead.
The FIRST coach could have had their pitcher hit the next batter, ensuring a tie game.
I've never heard of a pitcher being ejected from the game for throwing wild pitches, aren't they allowed to issue intentional walks in little league? But if purposely pitching bad makes a "mockery" of the game, what does swinging at wild pitches do?
In the end, one coach messed up, the other coach took advantage of it, and the children did NOT get to decide the game. So the 2nd coach's claim that the 1st coach wasn't "letting the kids decide the game" was false.
But he's probably considered a hero.
I trust in God.
I love my country and will respect its laws.
I will play fair and strive to win but win or lose...
I will always do my best.
Once it was obvious to me that they were playing (funny) by throwing the ball into the top of the screen, the administrators called both (managers) over and said, You will not make a mockery of this game, McCauley added.
At that point it was too late to avoid that. When you have rules saying that you don't play your best players, it is already a mockery. I accept that you can have a league which requires you to play everyone a certain amount of the game - but when a coach realizes that he hasn't abided by that rule and will forfeit unless the game goes into extra innings, he is not wrong to intentionally give up enough runs to tie the game.
The other coach was a jerk to play for a forfeit when he realized that the opponent had made that mistake. He is the one who made a mockery of the idea of competition. Let them try to give up enough runs to tie without giving up enough runs to lose. If you can't beat them when they are forced to play that way, you don't deserve to win. And if you play for a forfeit, at that point you are the one who is preventing that last kid from getting to play.
I've lived too long, just kill me now.
If you can't win fairly, you are not a Champion, nor deserving to play in a championship round.