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September 2, 2008

This story broke last week about a little-league pitcher named Jericho Scott. 

At 9 years old, Jericho can do something I probably couldn’t do in the prime of my life after a month’s round of steriods – throw a 40mph fastball (OK…maybe if the wind was with me).  But a couple of weeks ago Jericho was banned from pitching in his baseball league for “being too good” – again, something I never experienced.  The league and its parents felt that Jericho’s fastball was leaving the kids on opposing teams intimidated and discouraged, so they asked him not to pitch and eventually disbanded his team.  In effect, it was a “self-esteem” decision for the baseball league.

First off – the whole issue of self-esteem is a hard one for me and if you have any insight about what The Bible might say about self-esteem, I’d love to hear it.  As far as this situation though –  Does the league try and guard the confidence of the other kids by removing a pitcher that will cause them to fail or do we keep people from learning important lessons when we remove the chance to fail from their life?  What do you think – did the league make a good call here?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lora permalink
    September 2, 2008 1:29 pm

    What the league REALLY needs to do is let the kids be kids and ban some of the adults from attending. If the child has an awesome fastpitch, let it flow. If the other kids stand up to Jericho, and face his pitch, then later in life they may look at this experience as “I can do anything. I stood up to Jericho, he knocked my walls down, but I still faced him.”

    It’s almost like David and Goliath type thing.

  2. howertonjosh permalink
    September 2, 2008 9:52 pm

    preach it, lora!

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