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Appalled

August 8, 2013

I was appalled to see that Gaylord Perry, and admitted cheater ( spitball), was named as Grand Marshal to this year's Little League World Series parade....

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nobud74

Aug-08-13 7:49 PM

I am not sure I want my kids to have any role model other than his family. People in the public eye have a duty to those who pay their salary (be it directly or by ticket sales) to behave in a manner consistent with good taste. With the advent of cell phone cameras everywhere it has become harder for the everyday foibles of the famous to go unnoticed. I don't know if the new ball players are any more out of control than Babe Ruth and co. It just is highlighted today in digital circles. Role model? Not so much.

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enigma

Aug-08-13 2:27 PM

"The letter writer is a reverse racist."

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What in this letter causes you to think this or is this something you know from other sources?

Better yet, what is a reverse racist? A person is either a racist or not, I don't see how it can be done in reverse.

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KrazyK

Aug-08-13 1:24 PM

The letter writer is a reverse racist.

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SteelerFan

Aug-08-13 11:13 AM

To clarify, I meant to say Barry Bonds would have hit over 500 homers even without steroids.

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SteelerFan

Aug-08-13 10:39 AM

Capricorn, you're right. Athletes, whether they like it or not, need to be role models simply because of who they are and what they do.

We could have a whole other discussion concerning PED's. The old time ball players never had any such drugs to help them but are we so sure that they wouldn't have taken them given availability?

Barry Bonds is an example. I never liked him even though I'm a Pirates fan but even without the steroids, the man surely would have hit over 500 homers and he had a tremendous eye at the plate accumulating a lot of walks. He is a HOF'er even without the steroids.

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catmantwo

Aug-08-13 10:12 AM

Are you kidding me? Writing a letter to the newspaper to complain about a hall of fame ball player. What is wrong with some of the people in this town. Be thankful we have little league world series and that Williamsport is still in the public eye for a few good reasons.

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enigma

Aug-08-13 9:45 AM

There is one good thing I can say about this letter. It seems that it has everyone agreeing for once. Aside from that it is just a waste of ink.

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wwhickok

Aug-08-13 8:57 AM

This letter is ridiculous.

Of all the things you want to complain about you chose someone who chose to use his saliva to his advantage?

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Capricorn1

Aug-08-13 8:41 AM

Steeler I agree. I think we should be more worried about some of the players of today and the example they are setting. It's really sad because when they interview the kids and ask them their favorite player, many kids in past years have said ARod. Let's hope they have seen him for what he is and we don't hear his name come up this year.

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SteelerFan

Aug-08-13 8:34 AM

I love Gaylord Perry. He was a tremendous competitor. The spitter was just his schtick.

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slickthedryfly

Aug-08-13 8:21 AM

"Appalled". There are more things to get upset about when it comes to Little League, like for instance, Original. I bet ya, LLB or the city will not mention Original or even show him the field where LLB was founded.

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CMReeder

Aug-08-13 8:13 AM

Remember when a scandal in baseball was gambling or 'spitballs'. Now it is chemical enhancements. Will there be anyone qualified for Grand Marshall?

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Capricorn1

Aug-08-13 6:56 AM

In the age of performance enhancing drugs, I don't think throwing spit balls is too much of an earth shattering example for kids.

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Ritty77

Aug-08-13 6:43 AM

Mr. Perry is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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CitizenX

Aug-08-13 6:17 AM

I think A-Rod might be available.

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Garben78

Aug-08-13 4:39 AM

Well he was chosen because out of all he cheated the least and he's old enough the you kids wouldn't care and also AROD wasn't available

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