In today’s world, I find very few things hard to believe. I believe people all over the world are suffering, I believe many people are unemployed, I believe many people are facing foreclosure, and I believe that many people who are deserving of punishment are not receiving it. I have seen all these things and they all go against everything I stand for and everything that this country stands for. I believe in encouraging the good, eliminating the bad and snubbing injustice. I read something on the news yesterday that seems so improbable, so inconceivable, and just plain wrong. It goes against everything moral and in a world filled with so much hate and despair; you’d think people would try to focus on making those things better instead of causing more controversy and pain.
A very talented 9 year old pitcher was banned from his little league team for being “too good”. Jericho Scott has a fast ball that tops out at 40 mph and instead of receiving praise, the Youth Baseball League of New Haven thought it would be a better idea to banish the child from a sport he loves so much. When the coach allowed the boy to take the mound anyway, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed their things, and left.
The Youth Baseball League’s new plan consists of dismantling Jericho’s team and claiming the coach has resigned. However, Wilfred Vidro, the team’s coach, claims otherwise. The team refuses to disband and the coach has not quit.
No one understands why the league is punishing a boy for playing too well. All of Jericho’s pitches are on target and he has never injured anyone. The only person this controversy seems to be affecting is Jericho who says he misses pitching and feels like all of this is his fault.
So sure, let’s dismantle the good, encourage the bad, and allow injustice. The only one that will have to suffer in the end is a poor 9 year old boy that has been unfairly targeted.