Over the last year I have missed so many of my 13-year-old son’s ball games due to travel and active duty orders. Saturday, I was able not only to watch him play, but watch him pitch. All was going well until the 4th inning, when the opposing team’s coach tried to substitute a player that was not on the line-up roster. Our coach pulled the umpire aside to discuss this. When the other coach was asked about it, he kicked his foot in the air and took God’s name in vain. Immediately, the umpire reminded him to watch his language.
That coach chose to keep up his antics and was eventually ejected from the game. The ump sent all players to their dugouts while they pulled the board for the ball fields to get a ruling on the substitution issue. I stood back and watched my son’s coaches, interested to see how they would handle this entire incident. During the time-out, our coaches remaining on the field, keeping our boys encouraged and fired up, and respectfully kept any thoughts or comments about the other team, their coach, or the incident to themselves. It was encouraging to witness.
The other team’s coaches and parents continued to show zero class or respect. Eventually the game restarted. Our boys went out and won the game, both on and off the field, which made every parent proud.
While walking out, I heard the ejected coach addressing his team, telling his players that they did the right thing and not to worry about those “fools over there, on that team”. Well, that got the best of me. I made a comment to the coach to “keep it classy.” Next thing I know this 300 lb. man is charging at me to kick my @$$ (as he so eloquently put it)! Yes, right there in front of his team! Granted, I probably should have kept my mouth shut; however, if my son were part of that team, I would have removed him immediately.
Now, you may be asking “okay, what is the lesson here dude, besides the fact that a 165 lb. guy should keep his mouth shut with a guy almost twice his size?” Well, the lesson is our world is in the shape it’s in because too many Christians are scared to step up and stand for what we believe in, afraid to speak up to the jerks in this world that are taking over and causing our country to be a dark place.
I refuse to sit back and just take it.
I don’t want my kids growing up the way things are heading; afraid to stand up for what is right. Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything to that guy, but the fact that I heard him tell the board member he was a cop and was coaching 13/14 year old boys really bothered me. If we have coaches and parents acting like that on a little league ball field, is it any wonder that our kids are carrying weapons and acting out in school?
How do you handle the “illegal substitutions” in your life? Do you kick and yell and curse? Or do you remain on the field, encouraging others, and staying a strong leader for your team?
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8