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Read this today.

First of all, my heart goes out to the kid.  His life has been changed forever, but this was an accident.

How disgusting are the parents, looking for a handout from the bat company?  Shouldn't they be suing the glove company?  Obviously their kid was a superstar, so there's no way that his glove was in the wrong spot, which means that there was probably a defect with the glove he was using to field the ball, since I'm sure the kid had the glove in the right place (in front of the ball).

Or maybe it was the shoe company, since I'm sure the kid tried to pivot, but his shoes didn't grab, so he couldn't turn.

Or maybe it was the uniform company.  They should know better than to sell uniforms without protection in the chest.

Or how about the hat company.  The bill was too short, so the sun must have been in his eyes, so he didn't see the ball coming.

Speaking of the ball, shouldn't it have been painted bright orange??  Sue them too.

And that coach.  How dare he tell the kids to use their body to stop the ball!

Don't forget the batter.  He must have done it on purpose.

Let's not forget the American Medical Association.  Obviously, their CPR stuff didn't work right.

I was once knocked unconscious by a baseball thrown by a team mate that I was too clumsy to catch.  Hit me in the temple, and some might argue that I too suffered brain damage.  If a hand thrown ball can cause damage, what makes them think that a baseball hit by a wooden bat wouldn't cause the same damage to their kid?

In fairness, he was pitching, so he would have had to have stellar reaction times to block the ball, which he didn't have.  I'm sure he did his best and again my heart goes out to him.

This was a tragic accident, and the parents should be grateful that they still have their son at all, rather than trying to place blame for it.  No sport is completely safe.  If you're not comfortable with your kid taking risks, don't put them in the sport!

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Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2008 5:27 PM | Back to top

Comments on this post: Take some freakin' responsibility!

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I'm not sure disgusting is the word I would use. It's a natural human instinct during times of extreme grief to try and find a "cause" or person to blame. It doesn't make them right, but it does make them human.

Hopefully, they will come to their senses, but likely not. Hopefully, they won't win, but they just might.

The world is a crazy place. For example, I don't let my son play football. I've seen too many high school kids crippled (or even killed) in that sport.
Left by Blogus Maximus on May 23, 2008 11:46 AM

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In my opinion, it's not as "disgusting" as you make it sound. There is scientific evidence that metal bats increase the speed of the ball considerably, often doubling it. While a wooden bat may have cracked a rib or collapsed a lung, I do believe it's a lot less likely to stop someone's heart. I'm not saying the lawsuit is a good idea, but the issue isn't unheard of. Besides, can you blame the family for wanting some extra money for the undoubtedly enormous hospital bill?

Secondly, I don't personally know the family, but even I am a little offended by all of the sarcasm in your post. That kid nearly lost his life and all you can do is bitch about a lawsuit.
Left by Dave on May 23, 2008 12:20 PM

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OMG Dave, are you SERIOUS!? Yes the kid nearly lost his life, but does that give the parents the right to point fingers to everyone around them in an attempt to

a) Make themselves feel better because there wasn't anything they could do to prevent this

b) Cover the medical bills because they obviously can't cover it themselves


Of course the parents would want extra money to cover the bill, but that doesn't mean that pointing the finger at innocent parties is the right course of action. It was an ACCIDENT, and so they're going to try and make it seem like it was a preventable one?! Bullshit.

Secondly, its unfortunate that the kid nearly losing his life has to be overshadowed by the emmense selfishness of his parents. The point of this post WAS to bitch about the lawsuit, because that seems to be what the news-story is focussing on, and not what the health needs are of the kid.

So wrap your bleeding heart and get real Dave...this story reeks of desperation, not justice.

Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on May 23, 2008 2:09 PM

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