Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Are you "too" good?

9-year-old boy told he's too good to pitch
Associated Press
Updated: August 25, 2008, 9:30 PM ET

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player -- too good, it turns out.
The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.

AP Photo/Douglas Healey
Officials with the Youth Baseball League of New Haven say they will disband Jericho Scott's team because his coach won't stop him from pitching.
Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho's team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it. They say Jericho's coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned.
But Vidro says he didn't quit and the team refuses to disband. Players and parents held a protest at the league's field on Saturday urging the league to let Jericho pitch.
"He's never hurt any one," Vidro said. "He's on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?"
The controversy bothers Jericho, who says he misses pitching.
"I feel sad," he said. "I feel like it's all my fault nobody could play."
Jericho's coach and parents say the boy is being unfairly targeted because he turned down an invitation to join the defending league champion, which is sponsored by an employer of one of the league's administrators.
Jericho instead joined a team sponsored by Will Power Fitness. The team was 8-0 and on its way to the playoffs when Jericho was banned from pitching.
"I think it's discouraging when you're telling a 9-year-old you're too good at something," said his mother, Nicole Scott. "The whole objective in life is to find something you're good at and stick with it. I'd rather he spend all his time on the baseball field than idolizing someone standing on the street corner."
League attorney Peter Noble says the only factor in banning Jericho from the mound is his pitches are just too fast.
"He is a very skilled player, a very hard thrower," Noble said. "There are a lot of beginners. This is not a high-powered league. This is a developmental league whose main purpose is to promote the sport."
Noble acknowledged that Jericho had not beaned any batters in the co-ed league of 8- to 10-year-olds, but say parents expressed safety concerns.
"Facing that kind of speed" is frightening for beginning players, Noble said.
League officials say they first told Vidro that the boy could not pitch after a game on Aug. 13. Jericho played second base the next game on Aug. 16. But when he took the mound Wednesday, the other team walked off and a forfeit was called.
League officials say Jericho's mother became irate, threatening them and vowing to get the league shut down.
"I have never seen behavior of a parent like the behavior Jericho's mother exhibited Wednesday night," Noble said.
Scott denies threatening any one, but said she did call the police.
League officials suggested that Jericho play other positions, or pitch against older players or in a different league.
Local attorney John Williams was planning to meet with Jericho's parents Monday to discuss legal options.
"You don't have to be learned in the law to know in your heart that it's wrong," he said. "Now you have to be punished because you excel at something?"
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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Next time you are in a small (or large) group, ask them this question...
How many of you would say you are a good person?
Then have them pick one person to represent them all as the ultimate "good person."

When that person comes forward, ask them if they have ever told a lie in their lifetime.
Ask them if they have ever stolen anything, regardless of the value.
Ask them if they have ever lusted.

You will find that this "ultimate" good person is in fact, a lying thief and an adulterer at heart. If this "good person" can fail this test, then how much more will everyone else fail it? We are never to stop "doing" good for others, but we are never good enough on our own merits to enter heaven. Thank God we have a Savior who took our punishment upon Himself!

As for the story above...
What talents do you have that have not been used or encouraged? Do not let the church keep you from serving God in the way that He wants you to serve. If God has called you into ministry, then go full speed ahead. But first seek His guidance! A day will come when this little boy will pitch again, I just hope his skills do not diminish as a result of not practicing them! Don't let your skills diminish out of lack of use! Get out there and preach the gospel to every creature!

2 comments:

WayneDawg said...

Good post PB -

Imagine Christians being told by their pastor that they are 'too' good at evangelism so they won't be calling you to out with them next time.......

Don't worry...I'm sure you will never hear those words folks.....

Only 2% of Christians share their faith on a regular basis.....every Christian has the ability to witness.......you won't have to worry about your pastor benching you for witnessing too much!!!

pastorbrianculver said...

well said Wayne!!