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Jared Jernagan

What a bunch of wimps

Posted Friday, August 29, 2008, at 12:47 AM
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  • Imagine what this does to other hopeful kids.Imagine this Jericho out in the back yard,day after day throwing a ball through a tire hangin in his tree. "Son,nice job of working hard to improve,thats what hard work,effort and dedication is all about,I'm proud of you,keep up the hard work" Then it turns out crazy like this and most kids w/in earshot says,"why work hard,be dedicated ecct...Political correctness runs amok again....

    -- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 8:43 AM
  • It's amazing how people are these days. I learned how to play softball from my father who took no mercy on me just because I was a girl and those hits were a lot faster than 40 mph and hurt when they hit me but I am not afraid of the ball. It's unfortunate that adults can't just let kids be kids and have fun. Talk about killing the American Dream where it was once that he would have been praised for being so good. Now being good is a sin...what's next?

    -- Posted by sutus08 on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 10:02 AM
  • That kid can throw over 40mph...i'm pretty sure that's faster than I can throw :(

    -- Posted by kevincrafton on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 10:39 AM
  • I used a pitching machine for my boy's at that age at 50 mph. I don't see the problem and it's not fair for the child. Lets move him to Putnam County where he can have a fair chance. Does anyone know if there is anything in writing that would prohibit him from pitching in his current league in New York sounds like a law suit waiting to happen.

    -- Posted by Reader2 on Fri, Aug 29, 2008, at 5:41 PM
  • I guarantee there were kids in Western Indiana when I was growing up that threw at least 40 when we were that age. This league is a joke and the commissioner of that league is no man, taking out his frustrations on a 9 year old kid is ridiculous.

    -- Posted by jaredscousin on Sat, Aug 30, 2008, at 10:28 PM
  • what's next, tiger can't golf next year......

    -- Posted by gottokno on Sun, Aug 31, 2008, at 10:52 AM
  • Ever so slowly I can feel my freedoms being sucked away as if a giant vacuum called "society" was working itself across the country.

    -- Posted by Macgyver on Tue, Sep 2, 2008, at 2:28 PM
  • Does the kid own a hat as nice as yours, Jared?

    -- Posted by GRNT on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 12:18 PM
  • What's really sad is that its the "adults" that have made the world this way. Long ago we go our feelings hurt over something that happened and instead of getting over it and moving on, some held on to it and promised that they would never let their child be "hurt". And so it came to pass, they had children and instead of being the "adult" they stuck with their childish feelings and not only ruined things for other kids, but for theirs also.

    As adults we need to let go of the "petty" things in the past and protect our kids from the real issues and allow them to make mistakes, take their lumps and grow into healthy adults themselves. This can't happen if we "protect them" from everything.

    If this young man is this good, allow him to go ahead and play ball with his peers. It may motivate some other young person to learn how to hit these type/speed of pitches and become better in their own right. And if they strike out, oh well life goes on and if they hit a homer, life goes on for the pitcher also.

    Life isn't always fair and there are winners and losers, ask anyone who has had a job downsized or fallen on tough times or faced their own Jericho. But we keep moving on, toughen up and learn to swing at the pitches thrown at us. And with a little luck, we even get a hit once in a while.

    -- Posted by hoosierpete on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 2:54 PM
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