The saga of Jericho Scott — the nine-year-old baseball phenom who was banned from his league for being too good — was all over the Internet and cable news yesterday. I saw the headlines, but I was too busy with meetings and my usual Tuesday afternoon trampoline clinic at Chuck E. Cheese’s (it’s more of an internship, really) to pay much attention.
Let’s see what all the fuss is about:
The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said.
Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho’s team, redistributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it. They say Jericho’s coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned.
ESPN has even posted video of the pint-sized hurler in action (sorry no YouTube so I can’t embed).
After studying the video and carefully weighing the arguments on both sides of the debate, I have come to the following conclusion:
I could totally hit Jericho Scott.
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the tale of the tape:
Weight: 81 pounds
Experience: Youth Baseball (partial season)
Max throwing velocity: 40 m.p.h.
Best pitch: Fastball (only has one pitch)
Favorite baseball moment: “That one time I made that fat kid cry cause I threw it like right by his head three times and then threw three strikes in a row that was awesome.”
Experience: Little League, Babe Ruth League, High School JV, High School Varsity, Senior Babe Ruth League, American Legion, College Varsity, Men’s Adult League.
Max throwing velocity: N/A
Best pitch: N/A
Favorite baseball moment: “That one time I made that fat kid cry cause I kept hitting grounders at him at practice even though he kept missing them and knew he wasn’t going to make the team that was awesome.”
Obviously there are a lot of intangibles that could affect the outcome, but overall I think my experience, my size — and the fact that my opponent is a nine year old — give me the advantage in a one-on-one contest of baseball ability.
But there’s only one way to find out.
So what do you say, Jericho Scott? Are you man enough to forget you’re only nine years old and face some real competition?
Yeah. That’s what I thought.