Hey Kid, The Padres Have A Rotation Spot Open

August 26, 2008 – 5:09 am by Ryan Phillips

I love stories like this so let me take a deep breath before diving in.

OK, here goes. Nine-year-old Jericho Scott of New Haven, Connecticut is apparently just too damn good at baseball. Scott is a right-handed pitcher whose fastball tops out at around 40 mph. That’s so hard some parents don’t want their kids to have to face him. They voiced their complaints and the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that Scott he was no longer allowed to pitch. Well, when little Jericho took the mound again last week the opposing team just up and forfeited the game. Basically they showed up, saw the kid was pitching, packed up and left.

The league has now claimed that they will disband Scott’s team and redistribute the players because his coach, Wilfred Vidro, resigned in the wake of the controversy. Yeah, that’d work, if Vidro had actually resigned. He claims he never quit and that his team refuses to disband. Parents from Scott’s team claim this is all because the talented hurler turned down an invitation to play for the defending league champion, instead he choose to play for a team sponsorsed by Will Power Fitness. His team was 8-0 heading into the playoffs before Scott was banned from pitching.

Now the poor kid is at the middle of a power-play between parents, coaches and the league. And his quote about it was predictably adorable. Jericho said that he misses pitching and that, “I feel sad. I feel like it’s all my fault nobody can play.”

By the way, Scott has never hit a single batter in the co-ed league of 8 to 10-year-olds.

This is really sad because I know what this is like. I was once asked to leave a bar because I was too damn sexy and all the women were paying too much attention to me. It’s not like I can help the fact that I have devilish good-looks, rock-hard abs and a smile that makes angels cry, I was just born this way.

On the bright side, we hear from our inside sources that Jericho Scott will be making his Major League Debut for the San Diego Padres on Friday.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Hey Kid, The Padres Have A Rotation Spot Open”

  2. I already bought my Jericho Scott jersey and he’s my first pick in next year’s keeper league draft.

    By The MCD on Aug 26, 2008

  3. First of all this league is so far off base it is not even funny. While Little League is about development and youth sports, some of these local leagues have lost all focus surrounding that notion and caved into politics. For a league to punish a nine year old, because he can throw 40mph is insane. Why you ask? Because 40mph is well below the average of a pitcher at that age! In Southern California, where there are many leagues, PONY, Little League, Travel Baseball, a majority of our pitchers throw 50-60mph at this age. The 40mph FB that this kid throws is slower than most nine year olds change ups out here.

    So a message to the parents of this child. First, do not burn him out. Let this go! It is not worth it. Think about what you are doing mentally to this nine year old. You are putting him on a pedestal, that will fall and when it does, he will have a very hard time recovering. That is not what you want for your nine year old. Find a team or league that will accept him and his ability for your area. Let him keep developing as a pitcher and stay away from the “junk” and “all year round baseball” until he is 13!

    For the league that is so ignorant to pull the “safety card” you should be ashamed of your actions and the mental anguish that you have just caused this child. As a league and as per your By Laws, it is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to ensure that all players are treated equal and fair. It is not your responsibility to pass judgment on someone based on his/her ability next to their peers.

    By Anonymous on Aug 26, 2008

  4. He can’t start for the Pahds until he gets his official Chinese passport that says he’s 28 years old.

    By Anonymous on Aug 27, 2008

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