Coach Brown and his squad of little leaguers were down 11 runs in the 8th inning. He was as frustrated as the 4th graders he was coaching. The game was all but lost, and the poor attitudes around him just kept getting worse.
When he could take it no more, Coach Brown walked over for a heart-to-heart talk with his young pitcher.
“Jackson, do you understand what cooperation is – what a team is all about, son?” asked the red-faced coach. The young boy meekly said, “Yes, sir.”
“And do you know that we play as a team, win as a team, and lose as a team?” the coach continued with his voice rising to that of a yell. The adolescent silently nodded his head in agreement.
“Then I’m sure you know that when an out is called, you shouldn’t argue with, curse at, or attack the umpire! Nor should you call him an idiot or a blind fool. You got all that?” Still afraid to speak, the boy nodded his head in acknowledgement.
He continued, “And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play, it’s not good sportsmanship to call your coach stupid, is it?” The little boy shook his head and lowered it in shame.
“Good!” said Coach Brown. “Now go over there and explain all that to your grandma!”
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(Resource cataloged by David R Smith)