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Hot time at the ball park

Posted Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 10:19 AM

A call just came over the scanner (as I write this) for police units to go to a youth ballfield where "some parents are getting a little heated," as the dispatcher said.

I'm hearing more calls of this nature than in past years, and it's still early in baseball/softball season. Are people angrier this season or what?

Parents are supposed to be examples of sportsmanship -- but so are umps, who ideally should make fair and competent calls, and coaches, who should be fair and stay cool under pressure.

My first thought is "it's only a game" -- but those games take on strong meanings to players and parents.

All of us can relate to mistreatment due to bias or incompetency, and/or feeling like our side's not being heard. And showing displeasure at officials' calls is part of the American way -- up to a point.

But there are lines which shouldn't be crossed -- and anger to the point of having to call in the cops at kids' sports events is one of those lines.


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Smile to the ignorant and mention to them they may want to look themselves up on youtube later that evening:)

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Sun, May 17, 2009, at 4:05 PM

Youth baseball games did not begin till 2:00pm on Saturday because of local graduation ceremonies.

-- Posted by Easton on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 8:43 AM

So, was there really a call on the scanner at this time Saturday morning or was all this made up? Just wondering.

-- Posted by DoubleJ on Mon, May 18, 2009, at 7:41 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.