Comments: Robbed

Now you know why some people scream "KILL THE UMPIRE" at games and really mean what they say.

posted by Acidman on June 4, 2004 11:35 PM

Yeah, I know it all too well. My wife and I coached girl's softball for two years. The best team doesn't always win, but it's fairly obvious to the fans. Don't be discouraged, just keep pluggin' -- it's more important that the girls learn teamwork and self discipline than it is to win (although winning is really nice, especially when you’re the best team).

posted by john on June 5, 2004 01:51 AM

Math is exact, except for pi.

I hope your girls kick ass!!!!

And if they don't, you should.

posted by Sam on June 5, 2004 03:38 AM

It's a harsh lesson, but one of the most important to learn early: the world is NOT fair, those in authority are NOT always right, and you should choose which battles you fight against unfairness carefully.

People who don't learn this lesson become lifelong victims. As I said, it's a harsh lesson, but here's a chance to teach it for a relatively low emotional cost.

posted by Jack on June 5, 2004 05:46 AM

Dear Key:

I'm hoping that in all these 'life lessons' they've learned from the game they realise that even in the adult world, there are the mean-spirited and downright evil ones. Hard lesson to learn when the game is about sportsmanship.

Best,

-Will

posted by Will on June 6, 2004 05:12 PM

I coached girls softball for six years. My team finished second three times and first three times and the girls had fun. I wasn't one of those win at all costs coaches. As long as you play the very best that you can, if you don't win, there is nothing to be ashamed of. In my last season we were playing for the league championship and the coach of the other team, who also ran the league, pulled the regular ump and replaced him with his sister-in-law. I'm proud to say that in spite of some horrible calls we still won. After the game, the opposing coach's daughter came over and apologized to my girls for her father and her aunt.

posted by Denny on June 7, 2004 08:38 PM
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