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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.
Comments

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Hard to blame the little runt, even adults mimick what they see on TV.  Obviously no help at home. 



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Did the opposing pitcher dust the kid off at the next at bat?



Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Let the kid tote, he's never going to make it to the pros so he might as well enjoy the little amount of fame he is getting now while he still can.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

acairb if you werent so ignorant you would realize strasburg is trying to teach this kid a real true lesson about the game at an early age! its clear that his father is ignorant as well! so enter the reality check< play the game and respect it regaurdless of age you have to learn respect sooner or later so y not at an early age! the sooner the better! nice job strasburg!!!!



Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

exactly, nice parenting!!



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

niko 92 i love your post ! that was the best part of my day! u cracked me up! where do dey do dat at! peace man and excellent points



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

I agree with Strasburg. I care how old you are it's called respect..If I was pitching the next time that batter came up it would be three fastballs at his head! His father's comments are crazy and show why the kid did just that when he hit the homer



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

When I was 12 and any kid who showed our team up, got pegged his next at bat. Kids these days are wusses. Hate showboat players and kids.



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

His father is a moron.  Would it be ok if the pitcher hit the next kid in the head because his favorite player was Bob Gibson or Nolan Ryan or Steve Carlton? These are all hall of famers who took care of their business when stuff like this went on.  The whole idea of Little League baseball is to teach sportsmanship and the right way to play the game, not try to emulate and hide behind the worst behavior of their favorite players.  I guess this jackass father will bring alcohol to their victory party, its what the big guys do.  The parents are worse than their kids!  It's just sad!



Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Oh and the Dad is an arse clown,“It’s crazy that a pro baseball player would tweet hateful stuff". What was so hateful about his comment? It was just that a comment. Obvoius were this kid gets his lack of class from. 


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