My thoughts on the Chicago Little League situation

Regarding the Little League “Scandal”:

We’re in here talking about Little League baseball. I mean listen, we’re in here talking about Little League. Not the pros! Not the pros! Not the pros! Little League.

WHO THE HELL CARES.

We’re talking about Little League baseball. We’re talking about a bunch of 12-year-old kids who just want to play baseball. It’s not life-changing, it’s not world-altering, and it’s a blurb in the sports world in general. WHO THE HELL CARES.

Yes, I understand there’s money involved. Yes, I understand there are the kids who lost to this team who feel the need to be vindicated. But in a society that has evolved to a place where last place teams get trophies, WHO THE HELL CARES.

You want to eliminate scandal? Eliminate the paid positions of Little League. Make President, Secretary, and other league positions strictly volunteer.  Eliminate territorial restrictions. If a kid’s parents are willing to drive three hours away three times a week so their kid can play ball, let them. WHO THE HELL CARES.

Take the games off ESPN. It’s a bunch of kids, for crying out loud. Nobody cares that the third baseman’s favorite food is pizza or that his favorite car is whatever his dad drives. OF COURSE IT IS; the kid is 12 FREAKING YEARS OLD. WHO THE HELL CARES.

Sports are supposed to be fun. Not everything needs to be treated as life-or-death, do-or-die. Let the kids play for the hell of it. Everybody plays every game. Kids need to learn how to have fun. Kids need to learn how to win graciously, how to lose classily, and more importantly, how to play as a team. Parents need to learn to cheer for success, to offer encouragement after failures, and more importantly, need to learn how to realize it’s just a GAME played by KIDS.

LET KIDS BE KIDS. STOP CREATING CONTROVERSY WHERE THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANY. WHO THE HELL CARES.

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