A California Little League coach is suing one of his 14-year-old players for more than $500,000 after the kid's game-ending celebration went awry.
A player had rounded third and was charging home to score the game-winning run when he flipped his helmet off in a game last spring -- not unlike major leaguers do each and every year.
The helmet apparently clipped the team's coach, Alan Beck, tearing his achilles tendon in the process. Beck is now suing both the player and Little League for $500,000 for his pain and suffering, and he's trying to recover another $100,000 in medical bills, according to the Placer County (Calif.) Superior Court.
"At first I thought it was a joke," the boy's father, Joe Paris, said. "Now I think it's absurd."
"He's a good guy who was volunteering his time and now he's in a wheelchair. Who's the victim here?" Beck's attorney told KCRA-TV. "This wasn't part of the game. To have someone throw a helmet in that manner, you just don't do that."
Look, it's definitely unfortunate, but this is bizarre. Hear that, kids? Don't have fun playing Little League baseball for fear of celebrating too hard and sending your coach to the hospital.