The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 2 March 2013 / 19 Adar I 5773

Little League, Big Players

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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When officials of Rockland County in New York State decided to allocate the use of county sports fields to baseball teams in the Orthodox “Little League” as part of services due to local residents, they included professional umpires in the package. One of these umpires, who also officiates at games of non-Jewish Little League teams, was recently reported as commenting on the difference between the two leagues.

At those other games, he said, there are frequent violent clashes, not only between the players of the opposing teams but even between the fathers who are spectators. What a pleasure, he concluded, it is to umpire a game in which the players are so well behaved!

It may also be assumed that there is no trouble between the fathers who are probably using their free time to study Torah rather than watch their children play.

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