Originally Posted by Bigdog
So I am out to dinner with my 9 yr old daughter last night and they had the Az/SF baseball game on TV. An AZ player hits a HR and my daughter turns to me said dad "Do the players have to run the bases after they hit a HR?" I told her yes and that it was the rule. She then said that is stupid rule and that you are insulting the guy who threw the ball (pitcher). Just then they show the SF pitcher hitting his glove with his fist and shaking his head. She turns to me and said "See, he is upset and now he has to watch this guy run around the bases. That is not nice. That guy who hit the ball should go back to his teammates becasue everyone knows he hit the ball out of the park. That is a stupid rule that needs to be change."
I have watched baseball for years and have never really looked at it that way. Kids have a way of looking at things totally different than we adults. Most of the time it is for the better.
Kids are the greatest. They really are.
But we don't manage life in a manner designed to spare peoples feelings. Should we be considerate of them? Of course. But part of maturity is dealing with disappointment in an honorable manner. Pitchers have to do so when they give up hits of all kinds. Batters have to do so when they make an out.
Home runs too, are a celebration of sorts. And the best way to celebrate that is with a respectful trip around the bases.