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Tuesday, August 26 

Dumbing Down America, Sports Edition

A Connecticut youth baseball team has been disqualified from playing, because they are too good.
The team, Will Power Fitness, has an 8-0 record thanks in large part to pitcher Jericho Scott, the New Haven Register reports. His pitching is so fast and accurate, the Liga Juvenil De Baseball De New Haven asked the team's coach, Wilfred Vidro, to replace him so he wouldn't frighten other players.
So, kid plays baseball. Kid is good at baseball. Too good, in fact. Other teams get their asses handed to them, and the parents call for the disqualification of the child that hurt the feelings of their spawn by daring to be better than they are.
“The spirit of the league was community, family, well-being, nurturing," Peter Noble, the league's attorney, told the Register. "It’s an extended family and it’s been disrupted.”
Whatever happened to the spirit of the game being learning a love for the game and how to play it well so that you can win? Instead of being motivated to get out in the back yard and practice with their own children, these sorry excuses for parents bitch and moan that Jericho is too good and should be disqualified for disrupting their sense of community.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what is wrong with modern liberal thought. Whenever a disparity exists between two entities, in this case a winning team and the losers, you can approach it one of two ways. You can strive to spur the lesser group on to greatness, pointing out those who are achieving as examples of what could be if they worked harder. Or you can point to the winners and say, "that's not fair, they have an unfair advantage" and attempt to hamstring them and bring them down to everyone else's level. Because it hurts my baby's feelings when someone else does better than her on a test.

That is what brought us the welfare state. And graduated taxes. And grade-less primary classrooms. And little league games where no score is kept.

We are raising a generation of pussies who are taught that if someone else does better than them, it's not their fault. They don't have to work harder or try to achieve more, because they are wonderful and special just they way they are, and to prove it will kick that other kid out of the league and give everyone trophies at the end of the season that say "I'm a winner", even though the kid has no concept of what winning really is, because he doesn't even know how to keep score at a fookin' baseball game, because he's never done it before.

I hope Jericho Scott grows up to be a major league pitcher despite the best efforts of the dipshits in his community who are trying to stifle his talent already.

And if any of the idiots in Connecticut want to see what they should be doing for their children, maybe they should read about Wayne Gretzky's father.

h/t Ace

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