Saturday, March 31, 2007

Rules are rules

A Little League in Cincinnati has decided to enforce Major League Baseball rule number 4.06(a)(2), no doubt to encourage good sportsmanship.

“No manager, player, substitute, coach, trainer or batboy shall at any time, whether from the bench, the coach’s box or on the playing field or elsewhere, use language which will in any manner refer to or reflect upon opposing players, an umpire, or any spectator.”
Fine, whatever, no chatter from the bench. Kids will not allowed to be kids.

But c'mon, this is the rule they're choosing to take seriously in Cincinnati? The home of Pete Rose Way? You want to teach the kiddies about good sportsmanship, take the street signs down honoring the man who recently admitted he not only bet on baseball, he bet on his own team. Maybe the bench chatter in Southern Ohio should have the Pete Rose exception: Hey bettor bettor bettor...

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