Martinsville, Ind. Baseball is America’s past-time but thanks to an early morning fight on the field, the sport has a black eye in Martinsville, literally. “The incident that occurred was something that we do not commonly see in this type of youth sport,” sad Artesian Little League Official Brent Worth. [At] the Little League Major Division Tournament… as the two teams were shaking hands, two of the coaches from the losing team started jawing with umpire Josh Moscrip. Moscrip said one of the coaches got in his face, “then head-butted him.” The coaches and the umpire continued fighting right there on the field in full view of dozens of parents, and about 30 12-year-old boys… On the very field where the fight between a coach and an umpire is a sign. It reads: “Remember, it’s just a game! And it’s just for kids!” Artesian Little League officials said they are taking steps to keep it that way. “Any enticement or tumultuous conduct will not be tolerated,” said Worth.
Sorry but I’ve got no sympathy for Josh Moscrip here. I coach Little League and know these umps get $35 a game and this is exactly what they’re getting paid for. It’s not a game for the feint of heart. Or for little sissy boys who go crying to the league every time someone jaws with them or smashes them in the face. Believe me I’ve lived it. Our team blew a 4 run lead in the bottom of the 6th and you better believe I gave the ump a beating. But he took it like a man. And don’t give me that “It’s just a game” nonsense. That might fly in Tee Ball, but this is the Martinsville Major Division. Enticement and tumultous conduct comes with the territory. Complaining about getting head-butted umping Little League is like swimming in shark-infested waters wearing a bathing suit made of ham and complaining about getting bitten. So get over yourself Blue,l and take it like a man. Michael, this is the business we’ve chosen. @JerryThornton1