Baseball, Richfield, JAY discussed on Sports Edge
And welcome to this week's edition of Rick wolf sports edge. I'm your host Rick wolf. Well, I I want to talk about what I call the gift of adversity. And I wanna talk about that. If we have time later on in the hour, but but for her stuff, I wanna start this morning show by talking about parents going too far. Now, we already covered in recent weeks, the college admissions scandal where affluent parents were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to bribe college coaches to get their kids into elite private schools those were indeed parents behaving badly. We know that but this past week and admittedly on a much smaller scale. I'm sure you heard about this the well-meaning sports parents up. In Ridgefield, Connecticut, who in an attempt to savage a high school baseball game the parent. The parents the side it would be a good idea to try and set fire to the what portions of the dirt in the infield, not only did this work. But it totally backfired the flames caused approximately fifty thousand dollars in damages to the field in which much of the dirt passerby eventually dug up now due to the lingering health concerns of having gasoline fumes in the field. And of course, no one has come forth to take responsibility for this move, though. Clearly, there's video of the various individuals working on the field. I'm sure they're gonna be eventually dented and as a real question as to whether or not insurance is going to cover the cost of the damage to the field. What I've heard is that because this was an intentional act to pour gasoline onto the dirt because that's intentional an insurance folks say, well, you know, you really can't. Get covered for intentional damage to a field and a couple of passing thoughts. And I want to get your your your feelings and comments as well at one eight seven seven three seven sixty six sixty six one. This is one of those ideas that's been around for years. But for decades. And you know, what not only is it extremely dangerous to pour gas on field. It also does it work. I mean, there are countless examples of fields being destroyed from this kind of knew ver-. Believe it or not just a week earlier a high school baseball coach in Utah. Try to do the same thing dumping gas on his high school field and that cause similar damage. Now, I understand Richfield. This is supposed to be a big game between Ridgefield amity, and obviously people were attuned to wanna make sure this game got going. But you know, and also to stand up, the the Richhill coaches will put an administrative leave. I'm not really, quite sure. As to how they were involved in all this. But you know, when you run the risk of burning down field though gasoline onto it. You're also seep in as I said before the dirt with gallons of gasoline, which is full gasoline's full terrible things that can harm kids health. And once that gas is in the dirt. It doesn't go away for a long time. It stinks and it, smells and a toxic. Fumes are in hell by the players. You anybody's pump gas at a gas station. No gas in your hands it, smells and. Doesn't go away for a good long time. Now in contrast in pro ball, but first of all if it's raining usually the fields covered with tarps. And if it rains during the game starts getting sloppy. Well, you see what happens they got the rakes, and they pour down diamond dry to help soak up the moisture or some other substance like diamond dry, so that it absorbs the water and hopefully that game can continue put they definitely never poor down gas gallons of gasoline and light a match that just doesn't happen. The bottom line look sports parents while it's okay, obviously to wanna see your kid play ball at a damp day. Spend your time and effort on just getting the rakes out and or mopping the field up and then apply the diamond dry, and if that doesn't work. Well, what you have is what we call a rain out. As the old saying goes, sometimes you win and baseball sometimes you lose. And sometimes you get rained out. A little common sense would have been a long way in this case remember, especially in baseball games to get rained out when I seven seven three three seven sixty six sixty six. Let's thoughts about this. Let's go to a j in Richfield Park, New jersey. In the morning. Jay, rain out J, one seven seven three. There. Well, Jay, his obviously listened to I commentary. I can't give them on the phone. Let's go to our friend Ed over Elizabeth and you've got experience with the fields fill it up before. I talk to bring up. Yeah. Over the past two months. We've lost to legendary college baseball coaches in the country. Yes. But we lost thirty hill from Rutgers. Right. And yet this past week we lost my shepherd, right? Both of these coaches if the major Vic between them have almost all over two thousand went close to twenty one hundred twenty one hundred wins between them on a college level the best thing. And I knew that I because I was a former college coach this the best thing about those guys in their own way. And if you talk on the play, they would say the same thing they taught their players how to become men, and and it wasn't all only about baseball. And all that show wanted to bring that up. And I'm glad you did. I was going to mention the passing of my shepherd, obviously. You know, everybody in baseball new my shepherd a tremendous guy. Tremendous family in baseball. And yeah, I was sad to hear of his passing. But as you said, these guys, you know, these were this is all about baseball politically at the collegiate level, New Jersey. So I'm glad you mentioned that second thing. I want to bring them and talk about the gasoline thing we a great event going on in New Jersey. I'm actually heading down to go on today. I d Michaelides discovered the Colorado Rockies runs an autistic high school tournament where forty of the elite baseball teams in New Jersey play. But yes, they Jack glider from Gelbard and high school through and if that one knows that's allied our son there were fifteen major league teams here with their whether it's regional scattered cross checker and yesterday, he talked at ninety seven miles an hour senior in high school, and my one of my buddy, Ben was one of the top. Buys into state by twenty navy to he really brought it and all that. So if anyone's not doing on trust me, if the great event Mike already does a great job with the autism program. Yes. Tana into lasting TIMMY about pouring gasoline on fields while here. Here's a great story. I'm playing American League baseball nineteen seventy seven and we planning. Wreck legion was coached by my shepherd, we had to get our gains in 'cause we've been we were backed up with rain by the next day arrest ever gonna decide who was going to be a championship Representative jersey in America. We're playing my shepherd. Yep. We play a game inning and a half. It starts pointing all that stuff. So they stopped the game where you all are legion. Coach Bobby tool made us go gasoline to go to resin sealed dump it on the field and burned him and all that stuff. 'cause back then Rick. It was all diamond dry in nineteen seventy seven. You had to do whatever you could get things done. But today, you need to do this so many drying methods out there that you know, you can get the fields ready. But plus now a lot of schools now are going to feel because they want to get the games it. Well, exactly. And there was nothing. I'm glad you mentioned as well. Lot of schools. Do have. In fact, you know, the turf which is easily a dries up very quickly. Don't wanna pour gasoline official turf. Sure. But the fact is there are so many ways to get the feel back and playing shape, or as you said, you have to sort of waiting postponent that to get the diamond dry on it and clean up. But put gas on it, really go on the rural Iowa. By we know, we're playing are sort of we get rain. We know we're not going to be up and unfortunate because so many fields don't have good training. But the way the way things are today. They'd get feels ready in no time. I hear you. Thank you for the call. Appreciate as always have a good day. Let's go. Let's go back to a friend Jay over in Richfield partner. Jersey. Good morning. Jane, if you're gonna stay you gotta friends when you call the station, and you go through our screener. And you gotta turn the radio down on your car. Otherwise, we can't hear you. So please bear that in mind. Let's watch him compete more comments about this. You know, I do understand that obviously parents want to see their kids play. And apparently this was a big game in Richfield. And obviously there's a desire to to get the field. Ready? We understand all that we get that. We we understand that situation where you can't control the weather the elements. However is just pointed out, you know, these days there are a lot of other alternative solutions when it comes to dealing with with rain, and as I said if you have a field if there's a tarp of asleep in the rain in the forecast, obviously you want to cover particularly the pitching mound and home plate when it comes to tarps. If you can the infield. As well. If not then you get up early in the game before the game supposed to start get the rakes out. And trust me. I've done this thousand times my own career get the rigs out will you players. You're rake, you rake, you if you have a lot of standing water. Yeah. You get the literally had buckets out and you fill up the buckets the water and port off, you know, away from the playing field, and we have diamond dry or other comparable products, which are designed to absorb water. Then obviously, that's your best bet. Again, you go back dump that on there. You get your rakes out again. It's just common sense. But you know, Ed alluded to the fact that back in the seventies. People would try to use gasoline. That's a long time ago. It was not a good idea. Then since those days, obviously, there's lots of environmental concerns about putting gasoline into it seeps down into the clay. It's impossible to get rid of it stays there for a long time. And of course, kids are going to even though the next day. It's dry. The gasoline fumes still say there. And I for one do not want my kids, you know, basically pay in a ballpark an infield. With those gasoline fumes. It's certainly toxic. It's full of benzene other carcinogens, really really bad idea. I'm just amazing surprise that. The good folks in Ridgefield thought this was going to be a good idea. Because obviously, it doesn't make any sense whatsoever. It's just doesn't work. I mean, I tell you. We'll see how this plays out and see what happens in terms of the liability. What happens in terms of any? I don't know a rust. They're made as I mentioned a read or heard this morning that the high school coaches orig- field were put on administrative leave not really how why or sure how that happened if they're involved in this at all. But clearly the video I saw there are a number of people out there again, obviously with good intentions, but a little common sense goes a long long way here. And I wish some common sense that sort of ruled today. All right. Let me let me do this. Let me take a pause. Take us commercial spots. Mike McCann has your update this money when I return, I'll take some more calls about this. But then I do wanna talk about the gift of adversity and how important that is for kids today, particularly kids who want to excel in sports and how unfortunately parents once once again, sometimes sort of missed the boat in terms of common sense, one eight seven seven three three seven sixty six.