At one point during the game, the Coach called one of his 9-year-old baseball players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is?”
The little boy stared at him and the Coach asked further, “What a team is?”
The little boy understood and nodded in the affirmative.
The Coach continued, “Do you understand that what matters isn’t whether we win or lose as long as we work together as a team?’
The little boy put his head down and said, “Yes.”
The Coach continued, ‘So, I’m sure you know, that when an out is called, you should never argue, curse, attack the umpire, or call him a pecker-head, dickhead or asshole. Do you understand all that?”
The little boy nodded ‘yes’ again.
“And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play just like you played, it’s not good sportsmanship to shout out that your coach is “a dumb ass or shit head” is it?”
The little boy shook his head ‘NO’.
‘GOOD’, said the Coach adding, “Now go over to where Mom is sitting and explain all of that to your Grandmother!’
I still have trouble remembering what color each of my kids teams are.