Quote of the Day
Morris Buttermaker–Come on guys, remember what I told you. There’s no “I” in “Team.”
Matthew Hooper–Yeah, but there’s an “M” and an “E”.
Tanner Boyle–“There should be an “F” and a “U”.
–a conversation in “The Bad News Bears”
ESPN’s website published an article today about a 9 year old boy who was banned from pitching by a kids’ league in Connecticut. Dan Patrick discussed it on his radio show at length and fielded numerous calls on the subject. And TB got an email that he should feature the story on Travellinbaen.com. As a man of the people, I’m happy to comply with requests, so after running the story through my prism of peculiarity, I offer the TB take.
First, here’s how I imagine the initial conversation between the league official and the kid’s coach, who couldn’t have dreamed this would happen:
League—Hey coach, that Jericho kid is dominating our league.
Coach—Yeah, he’s something else ain’t he?
League—We don’t want him to pitch any more.
Coach—Ha ha! I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t want to face him myself.
Coach—Dang right he throws sand.
League—You don’t understand. The kids can’t hit him, he’s banned for the year.
Coach—Well he fanned 18 a couple of games, but averages about 16 so I’d say he’s fanned about 100 so far this year.
League—We’re not communicating. He’s prohibited.
Coach—Yes, I don’t want to jinx him, but he’s certainly the prohibitive favorite for MVP.
League—He’s out of the league coach.
Coach—Heh, heh, out of this world, more like.
League—I think I better write this down for you—(writes with bat in dirt) B-A-N-N-E-D
My ten cent’s worth is first that the complaining parents and league have done this kid a tremendous favor. The national press is cool, but the value of this apparently idiotic move will stay with Jericho his whole life. Can you imagine the b.s. sessions with his ARB’swhen he’s a bit older. Kid one, we’ll call TB says “man I loved Little League, I hit .610 one year.” Then some kid we’ll call Sweet– “I once struck out 18 kids in a 6 inning game and didn’t even get my name in the paper.” “Then, I don’t know…Larry–“I was good enough to play with the 9 and 10 year olds when I was 8.” Jericho—“ya’ll suck. I was so damn good when I was 9 they kicked me out of the whole freakin league.” End of discussion.