Maybe it was the heat. Maybe it was the loud music one of the parents was playing as part of a post-game ritual (?) or maybe there was some booze involved. Who knows for sure? All we do know is a couple of dads went at it Friday night following a game between the Northern Little League and Harris County All-Stars Columbus, Ga. Police eventually arrested Iram King, 36, asked Charles Davidson, 38, who were each eventually charged with one count of disorderly conduct and are likely banned from any future Little League games.
I agree with LA Times columnist Bill Plaschkle: whoever thought it was a good idea to televise every game of the Little League World Series knows nothing about children.
And while we’re at it: what other sport are we mesmerized about who the best 12-year-olds in the world are? Answer: none. (Other than those illegal Chinese gymnasts, and even then, they were supposed to be 16.).
Here’s a little from Bill’s column:
I have just spent four squeamish hours watching children cry, children pout, children squirm, children crumble, children vainly attempt to hold themselves together in a situation that is not meant for children.
I have just seen a child miserably fail, then weep at that failure while his relatives scream in unvarnished disappointment.
I have just seen a child brilliantly succeed, but under such a spotlight that he also weeps, then attempts to pull his shirt over his face to hide the tears.
I have just seen an adult verbally insult the abilities of a child, and a child gesture and glare to insult an adult.
You know what I want to see now? I want to see whoever decided to put Little League baseball on television be placed in a permanent timeout.
According to reports, either 50 people or 20 people were involved in a brawl following a Little League game in Maryland last week. Eventually things got so bad that cops from three different jurisdictions were dispatched, and Maryland State Trooper showed up for good measure.
It all started, as these things usually do, with parents upset with the officiating during the game involving seven and eight-year-old players. Some parents also claim that racial and gay slurs were hurled at the players during the game and that a slew of profanity erupted as opposing fans left the game and confronted each other. Yelling and shoving ensued, but it sounds like things eventually calmed down and no arrests were made.
It was the feel good story of the annual Little League World Series Tournament: a rag-tag bunch of kids from dirt poor Uganda made it into the final round of 16 after beating those snooty rich kids from Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, they were denied visas to come to the USA to play after there were “discrepancies” in their birth documents, most notably that they were older than some parents claimed. (Isn’t that how Taiwan won all those championships?)
The real question is: were they 13 instead of 12, or closer to the legal drinking age?
It’s probably every parent’s worst nightmare: you turn your little one over to another adult who’s supposed to take care of them . . . and instead, turns out to be drinking and driving. Like scene from a bad Charlie Sheen video, the Little League coach was drinking from little airplane bottles of booze on the road trip with his player, 9, before stopping at a liquor store along the way for more booze. At that point the aspiring ballplayer started screaming to be let out, a woman heard those screams and called 911. The coach drove off and wrecked his car while fleeing police, but everyone was okay.
Except this kid who probably will never get in another car.
What do you do when your “talented” 7-year-old doesn’t make the local Little League All Star Team? Do you: A) console the boy and work with him on his skills for next year, or B) Ask the coach what the boy could have done better? or C) Scream and yell so much that you get into an altercation with another parent and eventually get kicked out of the ballpark . . . for life?