Connecticut Adults Whiff In Little League Baseball Scandal

Dave MillerContributor IAugust 26, 2008

Jeremy Scott, pictured above in an AP photo, is too good for Little League.  At least that is what league officials are saying.

In a sport known for parental excess, youth baseball has finally crossed the line.

Apparently there are rules against being too good.

Nine-year-old Scott has been banned from competition because no one in the league can hit his fastball.

You see, the parents of the kids with somewhat lesser abilities, and league lawyer Peter Noble, are mad that their spoiled brats cannot win when Jeremy pitches.

Apparently he is so good that opposing coaches would rather forfeit the game than have their players face him.

So what did the league do in response to these opposing teams? 

Did they sanction them for not playing?  Did they take away another win?  Did they penalize them in any way?

Nope.  But they did disband Jeremy's team.

That's right.  Instead of teaching our kids to work hard and improve, they are teaching them to run from tough competition.  They are teaching kids that competition is only good when you can win. 

Call me stupid if you want, but I find that idiotic.  Whatever happened to doing your best, holding your head up and letting the chips fall where they may? 

Can you imagine teams refusing to play the Dodgers in the '60s because Sandy Koufax was pitching?  He too was literally unhittable, but no one forfeited against them.

Maybe Tiger Woods should not be allowed to return to the PGA after his rehab.  After all, he is clearly the best golfer around.

I'm still amazed anyone risked their egos getting in the pool to swim against Michael Phelps.

For all you supporters of the New Haven, Connecticut Youth Baseball League, and their lawyer, Peter Noble—you have blown it.

You let your kids down and have succeeded in making the words of the Little League pledge, "I will try hard... but win or lose, I will always do my best." ring hollow.

Nice job, you just struck out!