Too Good also Problem...

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May 26, 2004
Found this interesting story....

If you are too good in some area or things....
Is also a problem for others people.... 做人太难了....

9-year-old boy told he’s too good to pitch

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Writer 50 minutes ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)—Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player— too good, it turns out.

The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.

Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho’s team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it. They say Jericho’s coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned.

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?”

The controversy bothers Jericho, who says he misses pitching.

“I feel sad,” he said. “I feel like it’s all my fault nobody could play.”

Jericho’s coach and parents say the boy is being unfairly targeted because he turned down an invitation to join the defending league champion, which is sponsored by an employer of one of the league’s administrators.

Jericho instead joined a team sponsored by Will Power Fitness. The team was 8-0 and on its way to the playoffs when Jericho was banned from pitching.

“I think it’s discouraging when you’re telling a 9-year-old you’re too good at something,” said his mother, Nicole Scott. “The whole objective in life is to find something you’re good at and stick with it. I’d rather he spend all his time on the baseball field than idolizing someone standing on the street corner.”

League attorney Peter Noble says the only factor in banning Jericho from the mound is his pitches are just too fast.

“He is a very skilled player, a very hard thrower,” Noble said. “There are a lot of beginners. This is not a high-powered league. This is a developmental league whose main purpose is to promote the sport.”

Noble acknowledged that Jericho had not beaned any batters in the co-ed league of 8- to 10-year-olds, but say parents expressed safety concerns.

“Facing that kind of speed” is frightening for beginning players, Noble said.

League officials say they first told Vidro that the boy could not pitch after a game on Aug. 13. Jericho played second base the next game on Aug. 16. But when he took the mound Wednesday, the other team walked off and a forfeit was called.

League officials say Jericho’s mother became irate, threatening them and vowing to get the league shut down.

“I have never seen behavior of a parent like the behavior Jericho’s mother exhibited Wednesday night,” Noble said.

Scott denies threatening any one, but said she did call the police.

League officials suggested that Jericho play other positions, or pitch against older players or in a different league.

Local attorney John Williams was planning to meet with Jericho’s parents Monday to discuss legal options.

“You don’t have to be learned in the law to know in your heart that it’s wrong,” he said. “Now you have to be punished because you excel at something?”

Dream Merchant

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Jan 11, 2007
Not entirely surprising ... especially the part about his not accepting an invite possibly setting things off.

These kind of things happen a lot; you should read about some of the Soccer parents at school games! Not that it's always bad thing - standing up for what you believe in, and getting the powers that be in amateur sports to play fair.


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Aug 31, 2005
Bt Timah
can't they just upgrade him to play in the next age-group?


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Jan 10, 2007
opp. East Coast Park
The problem is besides the politics (rejecting to play in the other group, etc), he is in the wrong team/league. It was stated that he was in a beginner's league and obviously if you're too good, you do not fit into a beginner's league. So you stand out like a sore thumb. Jealousy is inherent in human nature so if u're like 100x better than the others, you're really going to stick out like a sore thumb and pple will want to eliminate you. And since the majority of people are either mediocre or lousy, you are a minority (or single) against the majority.

What he should do is to find a better team where his skills are more or less on par with the others, preferably a national league, which would present better opportunities for him in terms of competitive playing as well. But yeah, he's just a young boy and it's really not good for him to be learning that being too good is not a good thing. These mediocre, small-hearted people want everyone else to be mediocre like them just cos they can't be good. Losers! :thumbsd:

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