Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Little League Kid Banned For Being "Too Good"

Imagine being sent home from school because you're too smart. Or fired from your job because you work too hard. Well that seems to be the kind of idiot logic standing behind this Little League pitcher being
banned from playing because he's too good a baseball player. Yeah, that's right, too good:
Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player -- too good, it turns out.

The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.

Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho's team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it. They say Jericho's coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned.

But Vidro says he didn't quit and the team refuses to disband. Players and parents held a protest at the league's field on Saturday urging the league to let Jericho pitch.

"He's never hurt any one," Vidro said. "He's on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?"

The controversy bothers Jericho, who says he misses pitching.

"I feel sad," he said. "I feel like it's all my fault nobody could play."

This reminds me of the old saying about how the guy who said "It's not about winning, it's about how you play the game" most likely finished in second himself. It's that kind of PC mindset that rewards losers while shaming winners, all in the name of encouraging self-esteem. But at the end of the day excellence ends up being the only sin and as we see here, those who suffer include a 9-year-old who can't play the sport he loves because he dared to be too good at it.

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