Will the craziness of this world never end? A children’s baseball league has disqualified a team, Will Power Fitness, because they say the pitcher, Jericho Scott, is too good. And what is more, it appears to be purely adult politics surrounding the controversary. Apparently when Jerrcho wanted to play baseball, the defending champions wanted him on their team. He turned them down and joined Will Power Fitness. He helped his team go to a 8-0 record when the league decided to disband the team. They also said that the coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned. Funny enough, Vidro has denied this.
But Vidro says he didn’t quit and the team refuses to disband. Players and parents held a protest at the league’s field on Saturday urging the league to let Jericho pitch.
“He’s never hurt any one,” Vidro said. “He’s on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?”
This all basically started when they had a game last week and Jerricho took the mound. The opposing team packed up their gear and forfeited the game. What poor sports! And what adult in their right mind would encourage this type of behavior? Why tell a 9 year old boy, who obviously has great potential in baseball that “you are too good, you can’t play”. I suppose some people are saying that it is not fair to other players, but (and not to be rude), it is part of life. Do you also ban the little boy who loves to play but is horrible at it? You can’t have it both ways. Jerricho’s only crime (so to speak) is that he is a great pitcher.
Another point I should not overlook, alot of this comes from the fact that Jericho did not choose to play with the defending champions, which is sponsored by one of the league officials employer:
they believe league officials wanted Jericho off the mound because those officials wanted another team to win; a team that was in first place prior to Jericho’s appearance and is sponsored by Carlito’s Barber Shop, where a league official has a haircutting chair.
This just astounds me. He has never hurt anyone. No one has been hit by one of his pitches. Jericho should be encouraged and praised for his talent, not criticized and punished. The worst part is that Jericho blames himself that his team is having this problem. However, he is not to blame for adults acting like children.