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Colorado brawl latest example of parents being babies

by | Jun 23, 2019 | Detroit Free Press, Comment | 0 comments

When the story broke last week about a group of Colorado parents fighting each other at their children’s baseball game — and by fighting, I mean real punches, haymakers, bodies thrown to the ground — many people were shocked.

I wasn’t.

One thing any veteran sportswriter will tell you is the bar is almost never low enough for fan behavior. And when those “fans” are parents, it can sink even more.

The “adults” in Colorado were apparently upset over an umpire’s calls in a game involving — and read this slowly — 7-year-olds.

Seven-year-olds?

Yep. And the offending “umpire” was a 13-year-old boy.

It’s almost laughable, right? But that didn’t stop the supposed grown-ups from storming the field and going after each other. It was a classic barroom brawl, minus the bar.

And of course, it was captured on video.

“These parents and coaches decided to take it out on each other,” Lakewood police spokesman John Romero told the media after the assaults, which have resulted so far in five citations for disorderly conduct and potential child abuse charges. “It’s very sad. At the very beginning of the video, you can see kids running off the field.”

Of course. They’re the only ones with any sense.

‘Think before you act’

The history of crazed parents at sporting events is long and depressing. There was a father who shined a laser light into the eyes of an opposing team’s goalie during a girls hockey game, and a father who ran onto the field and tackled a child during a football game. There was a mother who taunted opposing fans by lifting her shirt and shaking her assets.

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Mitch Albom writes about running an orphanage in impoverished Port-au-Prince, Haiti, his kids, their hardships, laughs and challenges, and the life lessons he’s learned there every day.

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