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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: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

I think Strasburg needs to look at his future team mate Bryce Harper.

Now back at Garcia.

Now back at Harper.

Sadly, nobody can be as big as a douche like Harper, not even a 13 year-old who puts some Swag to the plate.




Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

A lot of pros say that they are not role models. ie; the Charles Barkley commercial awhile back.  Guess what folks.  Our kids are watching, and they watch us very closely.  We are all role models to some degree.  I could never understand how Barry Bonds, "the steroid King" could stand at the plate, cock his oversized head, and admire his home runs, without some sort of retaliation.  If Bob Gibson or Don Drysdale were on the mound, Bonds would have been hitting the deck on his next at bat.  Times have changed, and so has the class and professionalism of pro athletes.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

It is not a big deal the kid was showboating.  Kids do those things, the big deal that is continueing the degradation of these kids in their given sport is the dad that agreed with his behavior.  Like I said, it is not a big deal in the whole scheme of things, I am saying the kids growth will be stunted because his dad won't raise him right and he will not make it to the league like most other 6th - 8th graders that stud it and think they are bad at that level, but never blossom into the players they should become.  Everyone had those kids in school.  If this kid won't listen to Strasburg, you think he will listen to his coach?  LOL, nope.   



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

He should be glad he never faced me in a little league game. His next at bat would have been the last one of his season. You can see by his dads comments why kids today act the way they do. I gave up coaching kids because of the attitude of the parents. I had kids tell me that they didn't want to be playing but their dad thought they were the best player not only on the team but in the city. I would tell them if they didn't like the way I coached their kid then find a team that would take him. 99% of the time the other coaches would say no thanks due to the parent.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Give him the next pitch right between the shoulder blades so he can pimp that bruised azz back al the way to first base.  



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

...and the next time that kid came to the plate a pitcher should have plunked him...you know to mimick what pitchers do when they get shown up. 

If we are going to get up in arms about a little kid showboating then we mine as well take all the fun out of all major sports...you know like the NFL did with the excesive celebrations after a score...afterall the kids grow up idolizing and mimicking these players, maybe we should not allow our kids to watch sports growing up....

Is it really that big of a deal? 



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Pretty soon these little leaguers will be spitting in the umpire's faces, running across the mound after an out, or lying to congress.  Gee, I wonder where they would get such crazy ideas?



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

PLUNK HIS ASS



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Well, by daddy and son's response, it is very clear this kid is going nowhere!  Thanks dad!


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