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Tragedies Unfortunate, But Don’t Create Change

Came across an article about an 18-year old baseball pitcher that died back in 2003 because of a line drive. Which has always been a scary prospect to me. I always make sure that on my softball team I run out to the outfield as quickly as possible to avoid the off-chance that someone asks me if I want to pitch.

Do I want to pitch?

Hell No!!

That stuff’s dangerous. Once in college I was pitching in a rec league game, and took a line drive off my leg. It left an impression of the ball stitches.

For an hour.

That sucker hurt.

So, no – I don’t pitch anymore.

But what was interesting about this story was that Louisville Slugger ended up paying damages to the boy’s family. And that the bat wasn’t defective – the bat was functioning properly. So, as was discussed here, it was established that properly performing Louisville Sluggers can kill. That’s wild stuff.

So it begs the question… Do these non-professional leagues continue to use aluminum bats? After all, if it happens again – the league could be held accountable for negligence for allowing its participants to use deadly weapons in their league. Not sure the league would be too thrilled about that. And I’m sure they’d be upset about the dead youngster, too.

Problem is, it’s expensive to use wooden bats. They break. All the time. And the costs of replacing these bats (especially at the more advanced levels where everyone has their own set of bats) could force parents to discourage participation, kids to quit, and leagues to fold. When it comes to today’s youth, baseball is hurting enough as it is, isn’t it?

And there’s always this odd argument about sports. Entertainment. Does the public or establishment want to alter their sports because of the rare chance that someone may die? People can die anytime, anywhere, after all. Walking across the street, riding in a car, going down the stairs… you name it.

It’s all unfortunate, but it happens. People will still cross the street, ride in cars, and walk up and down stairs. And it happens with sports too. Actually, with as many times and with as many people that throw a baseball off of a mound, it’s amazing tragedies like this don’t happen more often.

Back to the entertainment. Remember Korey Stringer? They didn’t stop playing football. And they definitely didn’t stop practicing in August heat.

Sports are dangerous. Whether it’s the heat or the equipment, if you step on the field, you are putting yourself at risk. People may posture that events like these will create change. But that’s always short-lived.

Unfortunate for this family, but aluminum bats will live on.


October 29, 2009 - Posted by | Random

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