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Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:58 pm
BauerBy Evan Brunell

Stephen Strasburg voiced his displeasure with a 13-year-old Little League player on Tuesday when youngster Caesar Garcia rocketed a home run in a game broadcasted live by ESPN2 as part of the Little League World Series. Garcia dropped his bat after connecting, then walked four steps while admiring his home run before beginning to jog around the bases.

ESPN announcer Greg Swindell immediately noticed, calling it "showboating" while Strasburg took to Twitter with his opinion.

"Pretty sad seeing 12 year olds pimp home runs and throwing all curve balls. Times have changed," Strasburg tweeted. Garcia turned 13 last month.

Garcia's father, Steven, fired back, telling the Albuquerque Journal all Caesar was doing was mimicking Robinson Cano of the Yankees, his favorite player.

“It’s crazy that a pro baseball player would tweet hateful stuff,” he added of Strasburg. His son didn't seem too bothered, though.

Caesar posted on his Facebook page, which has since become priivate, saying “strasburg tweeted about me pimpin my home run!!!!!… blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh epicness"

However, Steven did admit that what his son did would not be acceptable at higher levels.

“In high school, college and pros, it would be handled in a certain way," he said. "We had that conversation all the way home.”

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Photo originally from ESPN broadcast via
Albuquerque Journal.

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 9:14 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

It's kind of funny to see some posters say: "well, he's just mimicing his favorite player", when a kid does a little show-boating after hitting a HR.
No harm done, right? 
What would they say, if his next time up, the pitcher mimics HIS favorite player, say maybe Pedro Martinez, and throws a "message pitch" at the kid?
No harm done, right?

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 9:13 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

hey strasburg, how's that arm coming along. at least your thumbs are ok.

this is completely stupid to get all bent outta shape over this.  its kids having fun and we all impersonated our sports heroes.  i even developed my free throw shot after Larry Bird.  who didn't laugh when the Miami Hurricanes were taunting opposing players after they buried them into the turf?  look, kids spit in Little League, don't hear anybody complaining about that.  the kids adjust their cup, don't hear anybody griping about that, either.  some of these little turds do their take on a-rod by removing their batting gloves and put them back on, holding up the game for some extra face time.  for them, its a big deal, its their world series.  so pull those 32" Eastons outta your a$$es and take a big deep breath of oxygen and RELAX.  let the kids have fun and impersonate any baseball player they want... except for Robbie Alomar.  that's just going too far.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:57 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Like  Charles Barkley said 20 years ago, "I'm not a role model".  Chuck was basically saying don't do as i do be your own person.  These young kids are bred my our media to do all this crap, the ESPN's of the world broadcasting 24 hours a day.  I don't blame the parents for these kids actions these days.  Kids are alot more smarter and savvy than what kids were 30 years ago, they know what their doing when they go out their and do these things trying to be showoffs for their friends and maybe thinking they'll get some stinkfinger from the lil'slutty blond cheerleader back home.  We live in the Youtube age, Image is everything to kids now. Atleast thats what Andre Agassi told us in his commercials huh.  Back in my days of little leage if a kid did that, soon as you got home your Dad took the belt to your ass and that been the end of that, kids have no respect for the games today.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:38 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar


You are missing the whole point of Twitter.  It is designed to share your thoughts and opinions.  We are entitled to our own opinions even if they are controversial.  People are little thin skinned these days to handle a little criticism. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:37 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Forget about Strasburg and the kid's home run trot. What concerns me is that some of you idiots are seriously advocating 12-year olds getting thrown at. Grow the hell up.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:18 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Sounds like the father did talk to the boy afterwards about his actions.  We are talking about a 13 year old.  There aren't too many mature 13 year olds out there.  Like the father said he was just doing what some big leaguers do. 

I don't blame Strasburg for voicing his displeasure either.  The kid did showboat after hitting the ball.  It was a show of disrespect just like my Tiger Guillen did not long ago.  Of course he only showed disrepect after Weaver ran his mouth.  My point being, if the big league players are doing it then the youngsters will probably mimic it.  Hopefully the kid learned that it was wrong and won't do it again.  I'll bet he thinks a lot of himself right now.

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:18 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Just another example of the effect ESPN has on kids. Nobody plays ANY sport the right way anymore! It's all about getting on Sportscenter or imitating the things they show! I'm not going to say he should have been driled in his next AB, but when he gets older he will be if he continues these shenannigans. The most appalling thing is the reaction of his father. Teach your kid how to play the game right and you wont have to worry about anything Strasburg says. And what about the coach? I didn't see anyhing about his reaction in the article, which tells me he was OK with it. I'll tell you this-if I did something like this my coach would have pulled me out of the game before I even got to first base! And if I did it again I would be off the team.Thats what is wrong with kids today-nobody teaches them anything anymore!!!

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:13 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

All who said "plunk" or "brush" him, EXACTLY!!! That hurts!!! Showboating ok? Keep typing girlies.....Blah Blah Blah! those who played understand.Those who type......TYPE!!

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:13 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Cano puffs out his cheeks after every home run - a lot like Ken Griffey Jr. used to do.

I dislike the both of them for that reason alone.

Show ponies!


Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:05 pm

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

This is so hilarious.  Big leaguers are the role-models, to hear Stras's crappy BA whining about how some kid celebrates after hitting the ball is plain funny.  If Strasburg was ever a good hitter he would shut up like everyone else has done, instead of being a princess about how a kid goes and emulates a big league athlete.  If you hit you do it, if you suck at it of course you get offended by someone else doing it. 

Big guy with his big inflated MLB salary being a smart-ass this time about the culture of student athletes.  Things change, get with the times Steven.  Pitchers always getting offended by batter manerism, even when not present.  Hilarious!!!

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