Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I think age four is my earliest memory of playing some form of sport.  What else would it be, but, baseball. 

I loving passing my love of the game down to anyone who'll listen.  Now, adults say how kids have changed since I was younger.  There's some truth to that, but the parents are fast to skip their own self evaluation. 

Parents at their kids sporting events are the worst spectators in the world!  Take it from someone who's been on the sideline and umpired.

A fun afternoon can quickly turn into a headline brawl in a paper.  On that note, what a great segway...

A Colorado town arrested three parents for fighting at a baseball game played by 12 year olds. One of which, is the town's prosecutor!

How did it all start?  Due to an umpires call.  At that point, everyone has a different side of the story.  So I'm not going to bother divulging into the details. 

Parents complain that kids don't play the same way anymore.  However, with instances like this, THEY TAKE THE FUN OUT OF IT.  So can you really blame the kids?

It's important for kids to have a sense of competitiveness, but adults need to simmer down.  As an umpire, I've thrown parents out of baseball games.  Extreme?  Not at all.  When they're disturbing kids and becoming a distraction, they don't need to be there.

Now, those parents may need to explain why they're missing games due to community service.  As a parent, would you really want to be that type of role model?

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