And you thought your baseball team had been through some doozies. A high school team in Texas finished the game hitless and down 53 points. FIFTY-THREE. In baseball. Commence calling for the opposing coach's head ... NOW.
The kids from Lake Highlands High from Richardson, Texas wiped the diamond with the players from Samuell of Dallas with that's being called the "most lopsided score" in the state's school history. And to make it that much more disheartening, the coach of the winning team is insisting his team actually won 57-0, not 53-0 as the scoreboard reflected.
Every once in awhile, you hear about these games on the high school level, and I can almost predict how the arguments will fall. One side will decry the lack of sportsmanship; the other will decry the lack of talent by the opposing team. The one side will ask for decency; the other will insist that kids need to learn about the way the "real world" works.
Let's set all that debate aside and look at some facts, shall we?
Fact one. In professional baseball, where there are "really" talented players, there has never been a score as lopsided as this. The worst is widely believed to have happened in 1874, in a game where the New York Mutuals beat the Chicago White Stockings by a score of 38-1. Closer than that in Texas, but the White Stockings also got a run -- which makes a big difference for players' dignity. Winning a baseball game by that much doesn't set them apart ... at least not in a positive way.
Fact two. This is high school baseball. It will not be followed up, by most players, by any "real world" play. In fact, only 5.6 percent of high school baseball players go on to play at an NCAA school. Of those, the NCAA players, less than 11 in 100 go on to Major League baseball. The likelihood of a high school player being drafted by an MLB team is about 0.5 percent. Winning baseball games won't change their life.
Fact three. And finally, consider what happens when these kids do get out into the "real world" and enter the job market. They become doctors, say, or janitors. But they don't believe in treating other people with common courtesy or respect. They were taught to always be on top, and to drive other people as far down into the mud as possible. And so they can't form relationships, they can't hold down jobs, and they give little to society.
Is this really the way to teach kids in a high school setting? Or is this just another misguided coach guiding a team of young minds?
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