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tim-n-va 08-16-2019 08:51 PM

2019 Little League World Series
 
In a first round game, a pitcher for Rhode Island gave up a two run home run to Virginia. As the batter rounded third base, the pitcher high fives him. He has been lauded for sportsmanship. However, a significant number of comments were critical. One example was a person who suggested that if it were their son they would have pulled him from the field and made him take off the uniform because of his loser attitude.

Sicks Ate 08-16-2019 09:21 PM

Lots of people are assholes.


Sports parents are much more likely to be assholes.

People who invest their emotions in sports are more likely to be assholes.

That Don Guy 08-16-2019 10:55 PM

The problem I see with this is, it makes it look like the pitcher may have intentionally thrown an "easy" pitch. Okay, in Williamsport, it's not likely to happen, as these kids have already spent most of their summers having to play baseball, but it is the kind of thing you might see a kid who doesn't want to spend the rest of his summer in strangers' homes (they still have "host families" for tournaments, right?) do in an earlier round (why, yes, I do watch South Park...).

Edit: it turns out it wasn't in Williamsport, but in one of the regionals (where the winners go to Williamsport), and it was because the home run was, for lack of a better word for it, massive - it was over a rather large scoreboard behind the center field fence.

Velocity 08-17-2019 02:03 AM

Many parents of such kids are living their own never-happened sports dreams vicariously through their kids, and get upset when their kids don't do what THEY (the parents) would have done or have wanted to do had they been on the field.

tim-n-va 08-17-2019 09:05 AM

This is the first team from Virginia to make it to the LLWS in 25 years. Hope this and other controversies donít overshadow the accomplishments of these teams.

RickJay 08-17-2019 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by tim-n-va (Post 21810380)
In a first round game, a pitcher for Rhode Island gave up a two run home run to Virginia. As the batter rounded third base, the pitcher high fives him. He has been lauded for sportsmanship. However, a significant number of comments were critical. One example was a person who suggested that if it were their son they would have pulled him from the field and made him take off the uniform because of his loser attitude.

I know who's got a loser's attitude, and it's not the kid.

That Don Guy 08-17-2019 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tim-n-va (Post 21810802)
This is the first team from Virginia to make it to the LLWS in 25 years. Hope this and other controversies donít overshadow the accomplishments of these teams.

It wasn't the Viriginia team that hit the home run - it was the Massachusetts team, that ended up losing to Rhode Island in the New England regional championship.

Virginia did play Rhode Island in the first round of the LLWS tournament at Williamsport, and that made its own headlines when three Virginia pitchers combined for a no-hitter. (They used three pitchers because of Little League's pitch-count rules; in tournament play, a pitcher can throw 35 pitches a day and come back after one day of rest. Note that, in "ye olden days," the only rule was, no one could pitch in consecutive tournament games in the same tournament level.)

Atamasama 08-17-2019 07:27 PM

The high-fiving pitcher kid sounds awesome. I hope his parents were proud. He had two choices in the situation... Blame himself, be dejected, and lose confidence in himself. Or, appreciate the awesome accomplishment of a rival and join in the celebration. Which is more constructive?

tim-n-va 08-17-2019 09:45 PM

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Originally Posted by That Don Guy (Post 21811561)
It wasn't the Viriginia team that hit the home run - it was the Massachusetts team, that ended up losing to Rhode Island in the New England regional championship.

Virginia did play Rhode Island in the first round of the LLWS tournament at Williamsport, and that made its own headlines when three Virginia pitchers combined for a no-hitter. (They used three pitchers because of Little League's pitch-count rules; in tournament play, a pitcher can throw 35 pitches a day and come back after one day of rest. Note that, in "ye olden days," the only rule was, no one could pitch in consecutive tournament games in the same tournament level.)

I havenít watched all the games but this is home run by the Virginia team: link

The Regional games with Rhode Island vs Massachusetts had controversy with accusations of stealing signs.

tim-n-va 08-18-2019 03:50 PM

Iílladmit That iím only following this because the Virginia team is from an adjacent county. They had a second consecutive no-hitter, beating Minnesota 11-0 in 4 innings.

tim-n-va 08-18-2019 04:17 PM

nm

That Don Guy 08-18-2019 08:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tim-n-va (Post 21811741)
I havenít watched all the games but this is home run by the Virginia team: link

Ah...got it.

Note that the two home runs were off of different pitchers from that Rhode Island team, so it wasn't just a case of one kid doing it by himself.

Xema 08-18-2019 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Atamasama (Post 21811602)
He had two choices in the situation... Blame himself, be dejected, and lose confidence in himself. Or, appreciate the awesome accomplishment of a rival and join in the celebration.

Third choice: smile calmly and tell himself "Good batters do that - all part of the game. Better be a tad more careful with the next one."

For the record: It wasn't a high five - more like a fist bump with glove on. And I don't think it signifies a loser's attitude.


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