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Posted on 06/25/2005 6:51:06 AM PDT by kiki04
Too Good to Play Thursday, June 23, 2005 A team of 11- and 12-year-old baseball players has been kicked out of its league for being too good. Earlier this month, the Stars of Columbus, Ohio, were taken off the Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District's (search) schedule, and their $150 entry fee was refunded, reports The Columbus Dispatch. The 14 boys only joined the suburban league in early May, but since then had creamed every other team that faced them 18-0, 13-0, 24-0, 10-2 and 17-6. "I called up the league office and said, 'No way are we going to play them,'" Terry Morris, who coaches another team in the division, told The Dispatch. "I wasn't going to subject my players to that." Pretty soon, all scheduled games were canceled, and the Stars found themselves orphaned. "I don't think it's fair," said Stars catcher and pitcher Michael Allston, who at 12 stands 5-foot-8. "We always played our best, and we were just winning games." "
[Another] team told us they didn't want their boys' self-esteem battered," said Trina Cochran, mother of 11-year-old Stars player Mario Cochran. "Our boys went into this with a good attitude," said Darla Perry, whose son R.J., 11, weighs 155 pounds. "It's turned into a disaster." Opponents' parents charged that the Stars' players were older than they claimed to be and that they were actually an "all-star" team culled from across Columbus. In return, the Stars' parents began bringing birth certificates to games, as well as documents showing that all but one of the boys lived in the same ZIP code. League officials and other teams' coaches are unrepentant. "They were just beating the rec kids up," said Michael Mirones, the league's board chairman. "It's no fun for the kids that are losing."
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Hell man, I was an amatuer figher. No one understand the chasm between a talented amatuer and mediocre professional as well we do.
I'll bet!!! LOL!
He was just at a completely different level than I was, or anyone I'd ever even seen. He eventually went to Thailand to fight for money, and last I heard was money-making shootfighter in Japan.
Baseball is only my game one night a year, from the nosebleed section behind home plate and perhaps largely for the hot dogs.
But the only reason I see for letting off of the gas when you are ahead is to save the car, tires, or gas.
The only reason I see for letting off the gas when you are behind is none of the above 'cause at that point it only matters if you can convince the other guy that you were conserving the car. And that's barely acceptable.
What an incredible
pussy metrosexual democrat.
.."If you are smacking a team 20-0, even the players in the Major Leagues back off, and THAT is a business."
Refers better to a business than to kids or countries, victory today is total.
Compromise is a really good thing - in business.
Otherwise, if you can add a couple of points - go for it.
PS: I've been on both sides of that closing.
I always knew I preferred America and Western Civilization to Japan and I always knew why.
You "don't get it".
Who'd have guessed it?
Would I be way off base in guessing not a whole lot of athletic prowess either?
Too many blows to the head?
The lesson I learned was I had better improve.
It never occured to me that I should whine about the unfairness of the competition.
I believe the latter was the point of this discussion.
Just a few nights ago, the Devil Rays built up a huge lead against the New York Yankees, only to lose the game because New York scored 13 runs in the top of the ninth!
I suppose the Devil Rays should have scored more runs but if they had, they might have been accused of "running up the score."
that is what may happen down the road.
The funny part is, sure the kids that are winning are good players, but if they are destroyed EVERYONE in their paths in this rec league, they have no incentive to improve their respective games.
they will remain good players, but when compared to towns like Pataskala, Pickerington, Groveport and all the other towns in the area, they will be behind the power curve.
yeah but you don't need to steal bases and take the extra base or get into rundowns when you are up like that. Believe me, if you are up 15-20 runs, the kids on your team will find a way to score either way be it through walks or hits.
Backing off doesn't mean quitting. It means not trying to rub the other kids faces in it.
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