Mike Matheny has a blog dedicated to changing the culture of youth sports

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A few years ago Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wrote a letter to the parents of the little league team he was coaching at the time, decrying the culture of youth sports and, more specifically, the overbearing parents and insane coaches that were turning what should have been character-building learning experiences into a hyper competitive hellscape.

Last summer there was a lot of reporting about all of that. Specifically, that Matheny was still adamant about changing the culture of youth sports. And now he is continuing that, starting up a blog on his personal website dedicated to that cause. From his welcome letter:

I wrote a letter a few years ago that unintentionally went viral across the country. The purpose was to explain to a group of parents, that I saw a big problem in organized sports. Little did I know the impact that the letter would have on so many people. I realized that there is a need for a better way, and the ideas in that letter had struck a cord with many people who are ready for a change. Some follow up was necessary, so…, here we are.

This website is for people who want to use youth sports to impact kids and their communities. I plan on keeping fresh information and videos coming to this site that will challenge and encourage coaches, parents and aspiring athletes to use sports as a platform to develop character, and skills that are needed for success on the field and off. Thanks for your interest and I hope that you will keep coming back.

That’s pretty cool. And a pretty cool goal too. As a parent of kids just getting into various activities, I’m constantly shocked at how seriously everyone (i.e. parents) takes them (and it’s not just for the boys and sports. You should see the ballet studio Mookie goes to). There are many times I have hoped that my son in particular doesn’t get too into sports because of that noise. Which is kind of a shame because when I grew up I was able to play — and not be particularly good at — various sports without it seeming like I was an imposition or that some more talented kids’ dad was gonna freak out if slow old me was allowed to get some PT at his son’s expense. I worry now that’s something harder and harder to find.

So kudos to Matheny. Parents of non-participating kids can wring our hands about this sort of thing a lot, but not much will come of it. It could be a totally different deal if the necessary change comes from within sports rather than from outside of them.

Randal Grichuk slams Tim Anderson, then retreats

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Yesterday’s unwritten rules display between the Royals and the White Sox was just as tiresome as all of the other ones have become. A batter does something exuberant, the pitcher gets his Jockeys in a bunch over it and throws at him, benches clear, the pitcher later lies about his intentions, and then all of the armchair badasses decide to talk about decorum and whatnot.

Among yesterday’s armchair badasses was a current big league player, Randal Grichuk, who tweeted this just after Tim Anderson got thrown at in the Royals game:

Later, the guy he was clearly talking about — Anderson — replied to Grichuk:

In response, Grichuk acted like he’d never been in an internet argument before, not even one time:

“Yeah, I was talking to, um, that OTHER GUY who was doing what I don’t like. Not you, who moments before I tweeted that was involved in a fracas about pimping home runs.”

Everyone’s a badass until you call them out on it. Then they run for cover.