A league of their own

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A league of their own

There was a wonderful movie made in 1992 called, “A League of Their Own” which told the story about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

This wonderful movie got me to thinking about when I saw the fist flying fight on prime-time news, which took place among parents while watching their little kids play baseball.

What a show and what an example our “adult” parents are setting for their kids. Parents screaming at the umpires, screaming at their kids, yelling at other parents and generally just being obnoxious asses while the little kids on the playing field are supposed to be having a good time, playing outside and enjoying, well, just being kids.

The American past-time has now turned into a bar throw down where parents come to a game eager to challenge the umpire, the coach and even their own kids.

I came up with an idea to end this charade of baseball for the betterment of our kids, teaching sportsmanship and fair play.

Here it is… a league of their own. First, we ban parents from watching their kids play baseball or really any sport. Then we form a league just for parents with coaches, umpires, and any riff raff that shows up at the given time. The rules are simple: just play ball in a caged off ball field… lined by bleachers, but here is the kicker: The crowd that is flown in to sit in the bleachers, at the expense of the parents, will be the audiences that watched live, the Jerry Springer Show. These paid onlookers can bring beer to the park; they can throw stuff at the players and umps, and just act as stupid as they do on TV. When the game is over, they can boo both teams and rush down onto the field and just enjoy a real bar room brouhaha.

Now mind you there is one more rule… the entire game and all the “trimmings” must be taped and then viewed by the local PTA, and each parent with their children. We can monetize the event by making it a “pay for view” television special.

Is my analysis and solution, ludicrous? When you see the parents fighting on national television kicking and punching, I really don’t think so. This is where we have come… Sports that make the young kids nervous that their parent is watching and giving them stomach aches and migraines just before they take the field.

To the parents – this applies to you…. Have you no shame?

Take it for what it is…. It’s just how I see it.

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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000.

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