THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL
By Allan Cline
July 21, 2006
I showed up to work early this morning and actually received
an email from my uncle with the link to SitNews. As I began reading
these viewpoints, I noticed all the complaints in the viewpoints
about Ketchikan's baseball programs and the fall of the programs.
I grew up in Ketchikan and began playing tee ball at the age
of 5 and played for Emmerson and Marcie Nelson. Many have question
coaching technique of theirs, but never the less they were great
coaches on and off the field. They demanded respect and hard
work of their players. Those who played for the Nelson's know
that a ball between the legs equals a lap around the field. The
intentions were not to be cruel but to work at becoming a better
player and develope skills that would ready us for the next level.
After the Nelson's where done teaching me the game not long after
did I fall in the hands of Tommy Craig (TC) to you that know
him and Kenny Lewis. However, I did have the opportunity to play
for them (Dave Brown included) in major because I was one of
those All-Stars that did make the team every year. And no my
mommy wasn't a board member nor a coach. I was able to do this
every year because of the way my coaches prepared me on the field.
Ketchikan is the perfect place to mold a successful team even
if you don't have all the talent in the world. I say this because,
I can tell you every member on all my All-Star teams each year
and every member on the Kings my varsity years. Why? Because
it was the same group of guys that I started playing tee ball
with. We always performed, but every year we got better and better.
Tommy Craig, Kenny Lewis, Dave Brown, and the Smith brothers
are the main reason for Ketchikan's success in the past. I hate
to break to you folks in Ketchikan ,unless you have a coaches
of this caliper, you going to continue to struggle.
There is no question that Ketchikan produces very talented baseball
players, but if we keep letting our parents retard our players
you better be ready to be handed that participation ribbon. Ill
tell you what, you think this level of ball is hard, I sure hope
you don't have aspirations of your kids playing college ball.
You think Kenny throwing away that poor kid's hamburger was bad,
you might want to consider spending his college money on a boat.
The kenny I remember would have eaten it so he was taking it
easy on him. Let him be the coach he is and I guarantee results.
Let's see a little pride up there again.
Paso Robles, CA - USA
About: " I was born and
rised in Ketchikan. Alumni of Kayhi Class of 1997. Played baseball
from tee ball at the age of 5 until last year of varsity in 1997."
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