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posted by jazz @ 9:57 AM
I think of the saying, 'those we overprotect we make weaker'. The Yankees did the right thing, from a baseball strategy sense, and from a life lesson standpoint.
From a baseball strategy standpoint, the correct answer is: Romney shouldn't have been hitting behind his team's "best hitter." If the Red Sox sent, oh I dunno, Doug Mirabelli to the plate after David Ortiz, than Big Papi would get a series of sliders away, and would set a record for walks in a season. You always bat another slugger after that first slugger, so the first guy gets pitches he can put in play. They call it "protection" in baseball, and it's pretty basic manager's strategy.That said, they're little kids! They shouldn't be intentionally walking anyone.
I think they should be teaching the kids how to play baseball. Part of that is strategy. I see nothing wrong with what the Yankees coach did, and I applaud the kid for saying he's going to work on his hitting. If his parents think he needs to be "protected" from playing in pressure situations, then I'm not sure why they allow him to participate in competitive sports at all.
well, i'll speak up now since i have some people here who agree with me.the kid wants to be treated like a kid, not like a cancer patient, not like a handicapped child. but then when they treat him normally, i.e. as a kid who they know isn't that great at bat, all hell breaks lose. all the parents want the coach to take into consideration this poor boy who had cancer! they can't have it both ways. i think the yankees are right. and so is the kid. if he were a better batter, we wouldn't be having this conversation. good for him.
Like the great Herman Edwards once said "You play to win the game!"
I don't understand all the baseball jargon having never seen a Baseball game in my life, but I agree with Jazz!
as someone who has intimate experience with this, i know for a fact: the most important thing to a child battling serious illness is to be treated just like any other kid. it's a better service to the kid to know he blew a fair shot than make him think any accomplishment he's earned was awarded to him out of pity.personally, i think this 'everyone gets a trophy' thing will really mess up the kids as adults. okay, everyone can get a trophy, but the winners' should be a little fancier. because if you've never been allowed to lose, life is a bitter pill to swallow.
I think Zach nailed it with the baseball strategy. What kind of crap lineup has the number one slugger protected by the feeble cancer survivor that everyone knows can’t hit? Walking the slugger to get to the cancer kid is the best possible scenario for everyone and here’s why: Good baseball is being taught. The kids are learning to play the right way. Winning matters. If you don’t want it to matter, don’t play a competitive sport and keep score. Putting the cancer kid at the plate will only benefit him. If he strikes out, it’s going to suck at the time, but if he’s being taught properly, then he’ll learn from it and know that you have to work hard in life to get what you want. But (and for me this is a huge but ) if that kid actually comes through in the clutch and wins the game for his team? Imagine what that will do for his mental health. To me, the upside of that, for a kid that’s had some tough times, far outweighs anything negative that could result from him taking his at bat.And lastly, why is the happiness of that kid worth more than the happiness of all the kids on the other team trying to win? I think that’s what I dislike about this article the most. They completely dehumanize the other team. Ok, maybe they didn’t have a cancer survivor on their team, but that’s not the only bad thing that can happen to a kid in life. Nobody has the right to win. You have to earn a victory, otherwise it’s shallow and you’ll never learn why you need to work hard to get what you want. I fear that they are slowly taking the competition out of youth sports so that no one gets their feelings hurt, but what they’re really doing is making it so kids don’t understand why they need to always try their best. Hmmm… that was a convoluted and not very well thought out response… oh well…
They did the right thing. It was the championship game, why cheat your kids out of it, they got there and deserved to win if they played well AND used the right strategy at the right time. The kid woke up and decided to work on his batting, so he wouldn't be the worst hitter again. Win/Win in my book.
Being from the land down under (where women glow and men chunder), I really have no experience with Baseball. I don't know the rules - so I can't comment too much about the game.What the Yankee's did was not compassionate. At all. But, that said, why should they be? In sport you play to win and you coach to win at u10's level and at pro level.If the kid is shit with the bat, then the kid needs to spend more time in the park swinging it. End of story.It's not weak on behalf of the coaches... in fact, I'd almost argue it takes more testicles to make that call than to not.Now, I should note that I understand that as parents, the folks are going to be super-protective of their lil' boy. No parent wants to see their kid be the one who looses the game... but it seems to me that they are wrapping their boy up in some serious physical and emotional cotton wool.I applaud the kid - he's obviously one tough little cookie, but his folks need to let him blossum in the stereotypical unfairness of life a little more autonomously.
I was the worst baseball player when I was a kid--I was the one they wanted to pitch to because I would strike out.That said, the coach is playing to win and imagine the parents on the other team if he said, "Well, I don't want to be mean to the cancer kid, so your kids lose the championship." They would have strung him up.Still, the coach sounds like an a-hole.
Yeah, I'm going to have to disagree with the majority of you. I just feel that there's a lack of compassion in this coach. He doesn't have to make any grand statement. Just pitch to the good hitter and EARN your championship.http://douchebagoftheweek.blogspot.com/2006/08/week-18-coach-who-decided-to-embarrass.html
I understand what you're saying Andy, it isn't compassionate at all. But I feel that if you beat the team the opposition fields you have earned your championship.
Walk him. What is the kid crying about? What if he hit the game winning hit? He had a shot that many other kids would love to have and he came up short. That is life. He had cancer and this is what his parents are bitching about?
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