Some talk show hosts and journalists are trying to create an uproar over a coaches decision to walk a baseball player in a Pony League championship baseball game that took place in Bountiful, Utah. In the bottom of the ninth with men on base and the game in the balance, the star hitter was up. Instead of pitching to him and taking a higher risk of losing the game, the coach ordered a deliberate walk. The next batter was young Romney Oaks, the worst hitter on the team. Seems like a smart call. But he happens to be a cancer survivor with some physical limitations. The media, aided by the boy’s father (he was a guest on the “Radio Factor” talk show today), are huffing and puffing over the allegedly unfair treatment that “victimized” a boy with disabilities. Hello?
Romney was there to play baseball. He was next in line after the star batter. He was waiting for a turn to bat – and he got exactly what he and his parents wanted, a chance to bat. He got it one turn earlier than normal. In fact, he was given more than just his turn at bat: he was given a turn to be a hero. Had he delivered a hit and the winning RBI, he would have all over the media and possibly the subject of a major Disney film. But he struck out. Game over. But not for the easily offended.
This is being reported with headlines like, “When youth baseball goes bad . . . really bad.” Very sad.
The coach who ordered the walk says he didn’t know Romney was a cancer survivor – something the media is glossing over in some circles. But even if he did know that, the call was a good one for the situation. If the boy is tough enough to take on baseball, he shouldn’t be shielded from the realities of the game – including the reality that he will have turns at bat and chances to succeed, or fail.
Can’t believe I’m even writing about this. The Utah angle caught my eye – and the tendency of so many people to always find a reason to be outraged over something. You know, it kind of outrages me at times.