It’s only been six months since the first, and last, entry into my weekly blog column began, so I’m hoping this is the beginning of something special. And just like that, I sound like every other blogger never to be consistent. That said, let’s get to it:
Family Sues Little League, Sports Authority and Louisville Slugger!
I know, it’s bad enough I haven’t worked on this column in months, but I’m leading off with a story that’s not even film-related? What the Hell, man?
Sorry, when I read this piece in Yahoo, I was too moved not to write anything. The short of it is this: a 12 year old pitcher (now 14) got hit in the chest by a line drive. The shot hit him right between heart beats, and stopped his heart. By the time he was revived by paramedics, his brain had been without oxygen for about 15 minutes and he now has brain damage, to the point where he can barely speak or do much of anything. For the record, this is ridiculously tragic. No parent should have to go through something like this, and no child should have to worry about playing a game and becoming brain damaged (Hell, it was enough worrying about getting beaned by a crappy pitcher when at-bat). All that said…
The family is bringing a lawsuit against Louisville Slugger, for creating the aluminum bat that was used to hit the ball that hit the kid, citing Louisville Slugger’s fore-knowledge that aluminum bats are more dangerous than wooden ones.
OK, I understand how angry the family is that something so tragic could occur, but suing the maker of the bat? Why not sue the kid who swung the bat? Why not sue your son for pitching the ball?
On top of that, they’re suing Little League for allowing the use of aluminum bats, and they’re suing The Sports Authority for selling the bats.
COME ON, PEOPLE! First off, if there was conclusive proof that aluminum was more dangerous than wood, I doubt Little League would be endangering children everywhere. The fact is, sports are dangerous; My brother is a walking example of a human who used his face to bunt once. Does a hockey player that can’t walk due to too many concussions sue the ice their head bounced off of so many times? I, and many, MANY other kids, played Little League with aluminum bats. I’ve also played with wooden bats and I’ve learned this: it doesn’t matter whether it’s aluminum or wood, if you get hit with a line drive it’s going to do damage.
And suing the store that sold the bat? What happened was a TRAGIC ACCIDENT. There’s no danger conspiracy here; Little League, Louisville Slugger and The Sports Authority are not teaming up to kill, maim or injure children.
There is nothing that will undo what happened, and my heart goes out to the kid and his family, but this is not the way to handle things. There’s no justice to be had here, no crusade to be won. They need to focus on taking care of their child, not bringing a lawsuit that will serve no one any good.
I’m curious as to everyone else’s thoughts here: am I being too harsh? Am I missing something? Isn’t this how we get warnings on matches that they’re flammable?
I’m Happy You Saw Indy IV, Now Shut Up!
I know the majority of the press has seen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. To coincide with the Cannes premiere, the film was given press screenings throughout Sunday all over the world. I did not attend any of these screenings. I will see the film when it hits theaters this week, like the majority of the world and, therefore, I’d love it if folks would stop dropping tidbits about a film I’ve done a pretty amazing job staying spoiler-free on.
I understand the game we play, I know it’s all about being the one with the story and telling it before everyone else but… where’s the mystery? The bulk of film coverage on the internet is dedicated to either speculating to death about films that have not been seen or spoiling movies that have been seen. In the case of Indy, I’ve gotten spoiler-heavy email subjects, even had my Twitter briefly assaulted with spoiler bits and… I and the rest of the world see it in a couple days. Until then, please shut the f**k up!
Oh, and I’m not aiming this at Vonder Haar, who was the only one who gave me his opinion of the film without spoiling anything. Hell, the trailer gave more away than Pete did, and THAT I respect.