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Little League and reporters do not mix and more

POSTED July 14, 2014
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


            It is the time of Little League district tournaments and the newspapers are filled with pictures and stories of the journey that dreams say end in Williamsport, Pa. and the Little League World Series.

            And you know what? We (reporters) don’t belong there. I have always struggled with the idea of reporters being at games that involved 10-12-year-olds. At the assured risk of eliciting the ire of some parents who love all of the coverage, this age group doesn’t need men and women with pads and pens recording every move, analyzing and dissecting every mood.

            Let the coaches send in write-ups at least until later on in the tournament when it actually becomes a news event. We all know the score here, this is about selling newspapers but let the kids be kids and we shouldn’t infringe on that.

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            Okay, I am ready for withdrawal after a month of the World Cup. It won’t be quite as bad as when the Olympics are over because they are on every day. But I will still be searching Mike Tirico and the gang on ESPN on most afternoons and weekends. It becomes part of your routine and it has been a fun ride. Hail Germany and I can’t wait until the next one four years from now.

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            An excellent read from Steve Barlow of the Waterbury Republican Sunday and the past, present and future of the Berkshire League. I have opined on more than one occasion in this space that in a decade or maybe less the BL as we know it will probably not look the same. It has become very much a big school, small school league and the small schools – Thomaston, Litchfield, Wamogo and Shepaug are fighting for individual survival. Maybe nothing stays the say but hope that somehow the league survives and these schools can continue to bring the pride they do to their communities, but practicality (translation – money) may say different.

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            How is the move to Hartford working out for the management of the New Britain Rock Cats now? From the beginning with the behind the scenes negotiating with Hartford despite record attendance in New Britain, this deal smelled. Hartford, with all of its problems couldn’t afford the move and now they have admitted it.  New Britain deserves the Rock Cats, let’s hope they stay there now and let’s hope Rock Cat management learned a lesson, but I doubt it.

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            Was that legendary grillmaster Mr. Tim Gaffney smoking up Fuessenich Park Saturday night with the delicious aroma of barbecue chicken and pulled pork? Indeed it was. He even had enough left over for Brocton to take back home and I’m sure it was appreciated by both sides. A nice gesture Mr. Gaffney.

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            Coaches with 8-20 years  experience who either teach in the school system they have been coaching in or used to teach in the system having to fill out lengthy applications in reapplying for their job? I’ll admit I’m having trouble with this one. Are we trying to drive much needed coaches out of the field? I don’t get it.

            I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat, coaches need a union. They have the worst deal going from pay to the idea it is only one-year appointment. There are numerous other reasons. They get a raw deal.

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            Like the dunk completion at the NBA All-Star game, I have limited interest in the home run derby contest at the All-Star game. I’ll glance at it but won’t get lost in it. Besides, the best home run I ever saw was when Herman Munster tried out for the Dodgers and knocked down the scoreboard with a line drive. Okay, I know I’m really dating myself with that one but it was pretty good.

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            I guess you could say Thomaston High’s Mackenzie Blair made the right decision midway through her high school tenure. Already an All-State runner on Thomaston powerhouse girls cross country team, Blair decided to switch to tennis. All she did was become only the second Golden Bear player to ever win the Berkshire League title, leading her team to its first ever BL crown. That’s called being a multi-sport star.

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            I have been ordered by the authorities that I must clean my desk this week, the debris of basketball and softball tournaments still very much in site. This may take a while. Can we extend the summer for another two weeks?

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