Little League World Series bat flips, Rutgers’ DoorDash bill show sports in disarray

Reader Bill Maroney figures if it’s complicated to him, it could’t be simpler for a child. The Little League World Series on ABC/ESPN is once more coated in combined messages.

One second, Maroney writes, Tim Kurkjian and Jessica Mendoza “talk about Little League in fairytale terms and sportsmanship. The next minute, Todd Frazier and his booth mates are wild [with delight] over a [Nicaraguan team] Little Leaguer’s home run stare, bat flip and ‘me’ antics while jogging the bases. Disgusting.”

Ah, however that child could have been adhering to shallow pandering of Rob Manfred and the MLB Network’s “image” marketing campaign to draw youngsters to baseball by championing MLB gamers for acts of extreme unsportsmanlike immodesty. Sure, who doesn’t need to emulate a braggart?

As Gilbert, on “Leave It Beaver” mentioned, “Gee, Beav, if I did that my dad would clobber me!”

Yet that’s why Fernando Tatis Jr., now suspended for his declare that he mistakenly handled a topical case of ringworm (too many Ring Dings?) with an anabolic steroid that entered his bloodstream, was chosen for and paid to entrance MLB’s online game. Tatis had often demonstrated that he loved shoving his expertise down opponents’ higher senses.

And now the LLWS, to finest emphasize MLB’s all-or-nothing diminishment, features a dwelling run derby.

But what doesn’t go away us dazed and confused?

Pearland, Texas’ Kaiden Shelton (18) tosses his bat after hitting a two run dwelling run off of Hollidaysburg, Pa.

At Rutgers, 20 % funded by N.J. taxpayers, Big Ten fever continues as a monetary calamity, badly afflicting every little thing the celebrated college as soon as mirrored — from educational salaries to custodial providers. Had to be. Just final year the Athletic Department’s largely soccer deficit grew to $73 million.

Interestingly, Rutgers solicits public donations to fund its Food Pantry for normal college students who can’t afford to each attend the college and eat.

No matter, RU not too long ago was revealed to have spent $450,000 over 14 months to supply DoorDash meals and facilities to its soccer gamers, many on full scholarship and aided by Pell Grants — money grants, not loans.

Further revealed was that whereas DoorDash bills ostensibly had been designed to serve the soccer group in and close to Rutgers throughout the pandemic, recipients used DoorDash from their properties, many miles away — together with Florida, the place Rutgers closely recruits.

And they had been used to ship eats not simply from sub and salad retailers, however from steakhouses and seafood eating places.

Rutgers defined: “Many of our student-athletes come from economically challenged backgrounds and in addition to how difficult it was to meet their nutritional needs with COVID, this was the best way to look out for our student-athletes’ welfare.”

OK, so two questions:

1) What about college students who aren’t athletes however are from “economically challenged backgrounds”? Should they panhandle? No DoorDash steak dinners for them?

2) Why does RU recruit “economically challenged” soccer recruits from all around the nation, plus Canada, if RU is aware of “many” are too poor to eat? How do they journey to and from RU from their properties? No native school would have a Big Ten recruit?

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano

Confusing occasions. Last week, President Biden introduced he’s forgiving school loans, as much as $20,000 for some college students, thus one other burden on taxpayers.

At the chance of being an previous grump — I was a middle-age grump — the primary lesson I discovered about monetary accountability got here simply after I graduated school, after I needed to start paying off my school mortgage — $51.95 a month for 10 years. Doesn’t sound like a lot, now, however I used to be taking dwelling 80 bucks per week as a Post copy boy. Had to pay for the stamps, too.

Never missed a cost. Ten books, all with 12 remittance slips. It was an excellent, sustaining lesson to be taught. I borrowed money then paid it again. Imagine that. And no DoorDash, no bat-flips.

Avalanche of stats buries the video games

You’re in Yankee Stadium, attempting to look at the sport, when the guy subsequent to you begins to spit out stats:

Batting averages and slugging percentages over the previous eight video games, the exit velocity grounders to quick, gamers’ “slash lines,” OPS, WAR, batting averages with runners in scoring position, common pitches per at-bat, the pitcher’s proportion of change-ups, curve balls and cutters.

Enough stats, Michael Kay, sufficient! Put your self in our position. Let us watch the sport. It’s robust sufficient to search out the place or if the Yankees are on TV this season, so cease with the stats!

I suppose it’s OK with the governor and legal professional normal of Ohio that its largest state college, Ohio State, regularly grants full soccer scholarships and monetary extras to “student-athletes” who, now educated and socialized, wind up earlier than a decide at a prison arraignment.

Add former Ohio State cornerback Marcus Williamson, 23, to the listing.

Marcus Williamson played for Ohio State from 2017-2021.
Marcus Williamson performed for Ohio State from 2017-2021.
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Last week in Memphis, Williamson, who performed 4 years at OSU, was charged with kidnapping a girl, stealing her cellphone and pockets, then forcing her to withdraw $500 from an ATM. He was later collared driving the lady’s automobile. According to Ohio State’s 2021 soccer web site, Williamson graduated with a level in historical past. Last week he was held on an $80,000 bond.

Ohio State, girls and gentleman, the place soccer coach Urban Meyer was fired for protecting for an assistant coach and buddy in the behavior of battering his spouse — not for recruiting then indulging younger criminals as he’d achieved whereas teaching Florida — then taught a course titled, “Leadership and Character.”

It’s all a con. But woe to the broadcaster who even hints at such issues when Ohio State performs on ESPN, Fox and NBC.

‘Longest’ docu is a house run

Check out counter: ESPN’s “30 For 30” podcast “The Longest Game” on the epic 1981 Triple-A, 33-inning recreation, Rochester at Pawtucket. The recreation included the Pawtucket Red Sox’s Wade Boggs and Rochester Red Wings’ (Orioles) Cal Ripken Jr. The successful pitcher, weeks later, was Pawtucket’s Bob Ojeda.

The boxscore notes that 1,740 had been in attendance when the sport started on April 18, and 20 remained when it was suspended in the thirty second inning on April 19. The recreation was accomplished on June 23.

Side tales: Boggs, after driving in the tying run in the twenty first — “I didn’t know if our players wanted to hug me or slug me;” Pawtucket reliever Luis Aponte arriving dwelling so early in the morning his spouse didn’t purchase his excuse; and the dugout burning of benches and damaged bats to attempt to get heat.

Drew Brees is sort of a character out of “Guys and Dolls” or Elmer Gantry from the eponymous Sinclair Lewis novel.

One second he’s hustling younger suckers in his bet-all-game, every-game TV commercials, different occasions he’s delivering “motivational” Bible tales and prayer on

Perhaps he can mix the 2. Brees can provide a each day parlays-and-prop-bets prayer. Pass the poor field and guess the Under!

Interesting, how the PGA now has tons of money to throw at gamers who don’t abandon the Tour for Saudi mullah moola.

Longtime public relations man/pal Chip Namias asks that I acknowledge Yankees organist Paul Cartier for the domestically historic music he performed as Isiah Kiner-Falefa got here to bat for the Yankees final weekend: the theme music from Ch. 9’s long-gone Mets postgame “Kiner’s Korner.”

Reader Michael Napoliello: “As soon as you hear Paul O’Neill utter his, ‘I’ll tell you what,’ run for cover; a verbal tsunami is about to hit.”

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