Just what baseball needs: more players who think that superstition plays a greater part in the game than actual skill. Why don’t we just hold pagan services at the ballpark and get it over with already?
Oh well, here’s the basics of the story: Two players on the Western Hills High School baseball team (Texas) decided they needed to “boost” their on-field performance so they did what any hard working young athlete would do: they sacrificed some baby chicks during Spring Break on the ballfield where they play their games (you can read the full article to see exactly what they did).
Their coach, Bobby “I Shouda Been a Doctor” McIntire thinks the boys just may have been influenced by scenes of “sporting sacrifice” in such baseball films “Major League” and “Bull Durham.” In both of those comedies, a ritual involving dead chickens is referenced as a way of “beating a slump.”
The good news for these two is that it may not only lead to a break in their slump, but also a shot at make the starting team on the Texas Prison Baseball Team, with a guaranteed contract for two years.
Kids, take it from your old Uncle Bob: leave the animal sacrifices to the adults who know what they’re doing . . . like Charlie Sheen.
We have to admit: the first thing we thought of after reading this story is “He probably could have gotten a lot more money for this stuff if he had sold it on eBay or Craigslist, rather than at the local second hand sporting goods place.” But then we realized that selling the equipment that belongs to the high school baseball team you coach would be wrong in either option, regardless of how much profit you made. We also wondered if the squad at Chaney High School would have done better than 8-15 last season if they actually had bats and balls to practice with?
But still, those second hand sporting goods places really rip you off, don’t they?
Jason Savage, 27, of Massillon, who was the coach last season, was indicted July 1 by a Mahoning County grand jury on a felony theft charge. He is accused of taking school sports equipment and selling it. “He was caught stealing equipment and other valuables from Chaney, and so not only was he terminated, but he was prosecuted,” said Anthony Catale, school board president.
In late May, the school’s principal reported to city police many thefts during the previous several months from the school’s locked storage room in the gym. There were no signs of forced entry, according to a police report, indicating that “whoever is taking the equipment has keys.” Some of the items were seen at Play It Again Sports in Boardman, police said.
An arrest report says that during a June 1 taped interview with police, Savage acknowledged taking the property from the school and selling it. The value of what was taken exceeded $8,000.
Former Chaney High baseball coach stole team equipment, charge alleges (Vindy.com)
Now you’ve gone and done it young man! You done riled up the VFW with your little prank! What’s next defecating on the American Flag?
Friends who dare you to do stuff like that should probably NOT be your friends. At least, not after you publicly get back at them somehow.
Acting on a dare late last month, a Powell Valley baseball player lined up with his fellow Vikings for the National Anthem, unzipped his pants and urinated on the field. “We want to make this very clear, this kid did nothing that he considered unpatriotic,” Wise County Schools Superintendent Jeff Perry said. “It was a stupid mistake; he has accepted responsibility. And that, coupled with the fact that he has had a very good record in the past – he’s going to pay for it, but we don’t have to behead him, we don’t have to crucify him.”
Perry would not say what the punishment entailed, citing student privacy. He also declined to name the boy. Yet a half a dozen sources in Big Stone Gap, who asked that their names not be published, named Jacob Huff, a football star and “all-around good kid from a good family.” According to the team’s on-line roster, the sophomore is a varsity pitcher and outfielder. He’s a celebrated quarterback on the football team, according to accounts in sports pages across the Tri-Cities, and his father is listed on the Powell Valley High School’s website as a coach and physical education teacher.
“I don’t feel any animosity toward him, and in no way would I want to hurt this kid,” said Joe Rasnick, commander of Big Stone Gap’s Veterans of Foreign Wars. “It’s what he did that I despise.” Rasnick heard about it the day after it happened, at a meeting of veterans.
“We were all disheartened that a youngster would do that,” Rasnick said. “I don’t think anyone was fiery angry, more of a sorrowful kind of anger. But as hurtful and hateful a symbol as that one, the First Amendment gives him the right to do it, and thank God we still have that freedom. But it’s just very disrespectful to the flag, and especially to us guys who served our time.”
Source – TriCities.com
Thanks to long time reader DT for another great link!