Monday, March 27, 2006

Youth Baseball Could Get New Look

Has it really come to this?

According to this article, some Maryland Senators are pushing for "masks" and "goggles" to be required by law on all Little League Baseball players. In other words, it is the implied responsibility of the State of Maryland to tell your children how to play.

In the words of Sen. James Brochin of Baltimore County, ""We're telling 8- and 9-year-olds that when a ball is coming at you 50, 60, 65 miles per hour, if you get out of the way, great. If not, and it takes your eye out, that's the way it goes".

What's next? Twister legislation? After all, we're telling all of the Twister-playing children of the world that, "if you put your left foot on blue and your right hand on red, and everything turns out okay, then that's great. But, if you accidentally twist your ankle a little to far, then that's the way it goes."

Perhaps we should lobby congress to require us (by police enforcement) to wear protective goggles and masks while playing ping-pong. After all, those little white balls whiz by pretty fast, and who knows what could happen if one of those ping-pong paddles flew out of someone's hand?

Politicians of the world listen up! Give it a rest! You're nowhere near as important as you think you are, and you're making yourselves (and little league baseball players) look ridiculous. You'd be much better off to focus your attention elsewhere. After all, kids have been playing baseball for years without your help (or interference).

Write a letter to your State Representatives today, my friends, urging them to enact legislation requiring all elected officials to pass an I.Q. test before entering office. Perhaps that will keep nonsense like this from wasting the taxpayers' time and money.

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