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Discussion: Sportsmanship

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June 2, 2009
Men's 50
3114 posts
I was always taught in sports
at the earliest age to cheer FOR
your guys and never AGAINST your opponent or teammates for that matter
and I've learned as the vast majority of us have
that that's real class.
Some players in Reno I saw either
never were taught this or have forgot
what they once learned.
Nothing looks worse in a sport of men
than being small minded, picayune,
whiney or disparaging especially to try to gain an advantage.
Some players think that by being tough with the umpires they can influence a call or two and with some
that will work as I saw it work a couple of times
this weekend.
I don't care if it's successful.
It takes away from all of us
and the experience we can have playing
our game.

In all, it makes the game look and feel cheaper to all involved,
both fans and players
and I'm not sure the guys who do it
though few, get it.
June 3, 2009
Men's 65
3146 posts
While were on the subject of sportmanship, many times after an opponent hits a hr or gets a hit I'll tell good swing or nice shot. I mentioned this to some young guys (30ish) that I play with and they said that I shouldn't say a thing to a batter at first. I think they are wrong.
As for being tough with umpires, I don't think that will get you anywhere except for maybe thrown out of a game.
How 'bout it Jessie?
June 9, 2009
Men's 55
38 posts
Bruce: I'm with you on both accounts. When I play infield I will express appreciation for a well hit ball. Most players take it well, but some look at me like I have two heads. There are some coaches and players who seem to feel that they gain some advantage from intimidating umpires, and some of the results that I experienced seem to bear out their position. Too bad.
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