There is a lot of interest from the recent Championship of the Brindley Foundations Baseball Team in the Paul N. Johnson Senior Babe Ruth League. Questions like how do they recruit their players and coaches to what style of baseball do they play to how long have the been in existence to what age group do they service and on and on. Let me print this from a far and I honestly have seen this program play a few innings here and there over the last nine years. However, I have paid attention to detail and I can tell you that this program has persevered the fevers of summer basketball, soccer, and lacrosse leagues and camps by old fashioned loyalty and commitment. Brindley Foundations said they were going to have fun and win with local kids. They have done this from their first year and have continued this trend since their birth in 2003.Six Senior Babe Ruth Championships in nine years! What does that mean? What about advancement into the state tournament? What about a state championship for Brindley? How about the New England Regionals? Nope. None of the above. For their efforts, the Brindley team gets split up and some of their players get to play in the 16 year old All Star team and the 17-19 year old All Star team in the Johnson league. Another All Star team for kids 16-19. Do you think the kids have had enough? Yes, you know the All Star gig from little league. Your kid gets left off the team and Johnny down the street makes the team because his dad….. Yup, you know the saga of the All Star scenario. As you get older, you still find out about how All Star picks can break your heart and do not have the kids’ best interest at heart. Believe me, I see it.
In Brindley’s case, they can’t advance as a team to really see how good they are. And I think they are good. The Brindley fans are liking my take so far and please take this next sentence the right way. It’s time to up the ante. Brindley has outgrown the local Paul N. Johnson Senior Babe Ruth League. There is no more to gain in the Johnson league unless you can advance to the Massachusetts Senior Babe Ruth Championship as a team and then to the New England Regional Senior Babe Ruth Championship as a team and keep advancing as a team until you can’t advance anymore as a team. I am not an All Star fan at this age group. This age group (16-19) doesn’t need All Star status any more. All these players on Brindley have all the All Star trophies and ribbons from age nine to 14. That’s six years of getting picked by a bunch of adults who never played on the college level or high school. The kids have the All Star message by the time they are 15. They don’t need to separate from their team in the middle of the summer and join kids who were on non committed teams. Brindley Foundations is committed and that’s my point. No politicking the kids into the All Star smoke and mirror mentality when your last name means you make the team.They went through the All Star system from age 9 and kids continue to scratch their young heads and ask REALLY ???? How come Johnny down the street made the All Star team again?
Brindley Foundations has earned the right to represent the Paul N. Johnson league in the 15-19 age category in the Senior Babe Ruth Massachusetts State Title series. Forget about breaking the Brindley team apart for the sake of another All Star team. This is where American Legion baseball trumps Senior Babe Ruth baseball. Legion teams never ever concede at this age to All Star teams in their respective zones. There is no more room for All Stars at this age. The kids have had enough of All Stars. Even Johnny down the street doesn’t want to be on the local All Star team anymore. Johnny always knew he shouldn’t have made it after all these years. But now, Johnny is 15 and he knows he is sitting the bench for his summer league team because that’s who he is and he is happy with who he is. Johnny likes contributing to his regular summer team even if his time is limited because his team sees him as chemistry and chemistry is the most important thing. Chemistry smiles and laughs.Chemistry has energy and passion. Chemistry never gives up. Chemistry is always positive and never quits and Johnny knows he is chemistry until he earns a starting spot on the team. Just look at those poor grown men who wear Red Sox uniforms every night in the Summer. They need a guy like Johnny on the team, but they don’t know a thing about chemistry and that’s the problem on every level of every sport of every team in America. There is no chemistry. Ain’t that the TRUTH.
Indian Ranch Spring Athletes to be honored
- Wednesday, 18 July 2012
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