Adults to kids: ‘There’s no fun in baseball’

It’s Little League World Series season, the annual exercise in which kids provide regular lessons on sportsmanship to adults who don’t get it.

In a regional playoff game this week, Evan Blake of the Pittsfield (Mass.) team, hit a mammoth homerun.

The kids from Rhode Island had every right to be grumpy; they were already losing 9-to-1 when Blake unleashed his 12-year-old power.

Instead he got high-fives from his opponents on the trot around the bases.

Little League posted the video to its Facebook page.

It was red meat for the adults, like this one:

Can we please stop with celebrating our opponents success. This is competitive sports! I would of pulled every kid who high five the kid rounding the bases. Even the pitcher met him at the plate to celebrate with him. Get the F out of here!! All these respect your opponent, participation trophies, and hugging your friend after you struck him out to win a state championship has to stop!!

“This world is doomed we’re so soft,” a Twitter commenter added.

Yes, that’s our problem, all right.

Other adults suggested the kid is lying about his age.

It’s been that way with all the game highlights around the country Little League has been posting.

Finally today, the organization had its fill of adults.

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Posted by Little League on Thursday, August 9, 2018

  • MrE85

    Adults should focus on their primary purpose, which is to pay for youth sports.

  • Erik Petersen

    I really think the dumb comments come from people who aren’t that into baseball.

    In the adult amateur game you get a lot of ‘nice stroke’, etc from your opponents when you get a nice hit.

    • IMHO, the dumb comments come from a parent trying to live their (athletic) life vicariously through their child. Sort of like being an arm-chair quarterback, or a backseat driver …

  • >>Can we please stop with celebrating our opponents success.<<

    No. It's called "sportsmanship".

    When an opponent makes a great play and scores against my hockey team I'll tell them "nice shot."

    I'll do it each and every time because I'm not a complete tool.

    • John

      Only a partial tool?

    • Jeff C.

      I’ve watched many kid hockey games where I’ve been rooting for a tie because both teams deserve to win. When both teams play well, it is great and I cheer for both, not just the one my kid is on. I wish more games could end in a tie.

    • John

      I’ve watched my son cheer on kids on other swim teams when they’re hopelessly behind and the other kid is struggling just to finish. It bugs him when there aren’t other people (from the opposing team) cheering for their own, especially cheering for the kids who are new and may be in their first meet ever.

      I don’t cheer, because I’m the ref, and I can’t. But I sure let him know afterward that it’s the right thing to do – especially when I hear grumbling parents in the stands while he’s doing it (I assume they don’t know that he’s mine). Last time, I found it a little ironic that the parents were grumping that the kid cheering wasn’t on their team, and not grumping about the complete lack of their own team at the end of the lane.

      Some things are more important than winning a kids’ sporting event.

  • LieutenantLefse

    Was at a kids soccer game, one side was clearly outmatched, the score was something like 6-0. But at one point the goalie on the losing team’s side, a tiny 8 year old girl, made an amazing leaping catch. Everyone applauded, it was one bright spot in a game going terribly. Then several seconds later, in a sort of celebration-move, she leaned back and the ball touched the ground.
    The referee blew the whistle and called an own-goal against her. She was devastated. The other team didn’t want it to count but the ref insisted. I guess she learned an important lesson that day, but I don’t think it’s the one the ref intended.

  • lindblomeagles

    What are the parents thinking? Do they know how hard it is for a Little Leaguer to hit a home run over the fence in Little League? Heck, if I were the opposing coach I’d say, “Man! That was a great shot!” Sometimes you just have to tip your cap off to the enemy squad. That’s why one Brett Favre was so loved around the NFL. He’d make plays (like Aaron Rodgers does now) that you just can’t believe!