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?