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(Newsday)   "You can't pitch! You can't pitch!" hecklers yelled at the deaf Little Leaguer. Then he threw a perfect game   (newsday.com) divider line 67
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2012-05-25 12:58:20 PM
huh?
 
2012-05-25 01:00:13 PM
FTA Because he cannot hear individual voices from a distance over the noise at games, Thomas relies on hand signals to communicate with his catcher and coaches.

This practice just might catch on among hearing players as well, who knows?
 
2012-05-25 01:07:50 PM
Someone ought to tell the hecklers about Three Finger Brown. Or Jim Abbott.
 
2012-05-25 01:09:30 PM
I was going to say that was pretty awesome considering Little League's Mandatory Pitch Count rule and he would be limited to 85 pitches in the game, but then I saw it was a mercy-rule 4 inning game.

The Muthaship: This practice just might catch on among hearing players as well, who knows?


The football huddle is credited to Gallaudet University, a university intended for the education of the deaf. The players used sign language and used the huddle to prevent the other teams from seeing the hand signals.
 
2012-05-25 01:10:35 PM
Gosling: Someone ought to tell the hecklers about Three Finger Brown. Or Jim Abbott. that heckling an 11-year old means you are a sad, broken, worthless piece of sh*t.
 
2012-05-25 01:10:35 PM
OK, yelling at pitchers from the away team in MLB is the norm.

Doing it to a Little Leaguer is poor judgement.

Doing it to a deaf Little Leaguer means you're a sick sonofabiatch.
 
2012-05-25 01:11:28 PM
If you heckle an 11 year old about anything then you are a bad person and I wish bad things for you.
 
2012-05-25 01:15:39 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: If you heckle an 11 year old about anything then you are a bad person and I wish bad things for you.


^ This..
 
2012-05-25 01:18:56 PM
At least he is not blind. Then he couldn't hear or see the pitches. Though, it is hard enough to hear a pitch. Mainly a faint woosh sound. I can imagine it would be hard to hear over the crowd noise.
 
2012-05-25 01:22:06 PM

KnowEyeInnTeem: At least he is not blind. Then he couldn't hear or see the pitches. Though, it is hard enough to hear a pitch. Mainly a faint woosh sound. I can imagine it would be hard to hear over the crowd noise.


You're assuming Anne Frank is a good enough pitcher to make the team in the first place.
 
2012-05-25 01:25:37 PM
"You can't pitch! You can't pitch!"

Little League moms can be so mean.
 
2012-05-25 01:30:18 PM
Does anybody know how to say "You just got told" in ASL?
 
2012-05-25 01:31:38 PM
1) That's cool for the kid
2) Comparing retiring 12 little league batters to a Major League perfect game is ridiculous.
 
2012-05-25 01:31:47 PM
Verb tense, subby. Please.

Kidding. NBC News ran a story on this kid last week. He doesn't use his hearing implants when pitching and he says it's an advantage. So you never know, this Little Leaguer could go on to big things. Anything is possible.
 
2012-05-25 01:34:08 PM

funk_soul_bubby: Verb tense, subby. Please.

Kidding. NBC News ran a story on this kid last week. He doesn't use his hearing implants when pitching and he says it's an advantage. So you never know, this Little Leaguer could go on to big things. Anything is possible.


Looking at the photos of him, he kind of already has the "big" part wrapped up.

So maybe just could go onto "things"?
 
2012-05-25 01:38:41 PM

KnowEyeInnTeem: At least he is not blind. Then he couldn't hear or see the pitches. Though, it is hard enough to hear a pitch. Mainly a faint woosh sound. I can imagine it would be hard to hear over the crowd noise.


Umm ... actually a friend of mine pitches fastball in women's leagues. She is blind. She was legally blind when she took her college fastball team to the provincial finals (sadly, they came 2nd). She pitched at the Gay Games in Copenhagen a couple of years ago and her team came in 3rd. So, she is not a horrible pitcher. She is a horrible fielder though and there are times when she loses the throw back from the catcher and some other fielder finds it for her and trots it over. She has retinitis pigmentosa, and her visual field is now down to less than 1% of her original vision. So, she can only see the catcher's mitt, so her goal is to strike everybody out so they don't hit it back at her.

She is also deaf, but since she got her 2nd cochlear implant is getting better and better at hearing. She says deafness is an advantage in one way - there are no visual or audio distractions, just that catcher's mitt you are trying to hit with the perfect pitch.

She also takes a regular turn hitting, and usually can hit singles, but tends to be behind the pitch since it takes her a while to locate the darned thing.

So, it's possible!!

(Meanwhile, Kudos to Little League d00d and boos to the hecklers!!)
 
2012-05-25 01:42:00 PM
"Thomas grew up surrounded by a family of devoted Mets fans."

The most tragic part of this entire story:(
 
2012-05-25 01:52:23 PM
Listen, man: I wasn't heckling the kid! I just wanted a pitcher and not a belly itcher. Is that a bad thing? Was that wrong?
 
2012-05-25 02:19:14 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: If you heckle an 11 year old about anything then you are a bad person and I wish bad things for you.


What's the problem? Say whatever you want...it's not like he can hear you anyway.

[/snark]
 
2012-05-25 02:20:06 PM
Everyone said to him, "You can't be a great pitcher, your ears don't work."
And you know what he said? "I can't hear you."
He was a dreamer.
So dare to dream. Dream your wildest dreams. You can climb the highest mountain. You can drown in a teacup, if you find a big enough teacup. And if somebody tells you that you can't do something, you say, 'Yes, I can. 'Cause I'm doing it right now!'

/sounded like a mouse diorama story from "Dinner for Schmucks"
//Little League moms yell with poor punctuation
 
2012-05-25 02:27:13 PM

mainstreet62: OK, yelling at pitchers from the away team in MLB is the norm.

Doing it to a Little Leaguer is poor judgement.

Doing it to a deaf Little Leaguer means you're a sick sonofabiatch.


That little asshole acted like he couldn't hear me, but I know he could hear me say I farked his mom.
 
2012-05-25 02:28:59 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: If you heckle an 11 year old about anything then you are a bad person and I wish bad things for you.


Came here to say that. Jesus farking christ people.
 
2012-05-25 02:29:41 PM
all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "You can't pitch!"... and I'll look down and whisper "hgnnuuu."
 
2012-05-25 02:42:14 PM
If he's deaf, how did he understand the manager's hand signals from the dugout?
 
2012-05-25 02:43:47 PM

funk_soul_bubby: Verb tense, subby. Please.

Kidding. NBC News ran a story on this kid last week. He doesn't use his hearing implants when pitching and he says it's an advantage.


PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT! BAN HIM! CHECK HIS HAT SIZE!
 
2012-05-25 02:48:29 PM

KnowEyeInnTeem: At least he is not blind. Then he couldn't hear or see the pitches. Though, it is hard enough to hear a pitch. Mainly a faint woosh sound. I can imagine it would be hard to hear over the crowd noise.


TOMMY CAN YOU HEAR ME
 
2012-05-25 02:49:40 PM

dragonchild: If he's deaf, how did he understand the manager's hand signals from the dugout?


I hear what you did there.
 
2012-05-25 03:07:10 PM

kstofer: KnowEyeInnTeem: At least he is not blind. Then he couldn't hear or see the pitches. Though, it is hard enough to hear a pitch. Mainly a faint woosh sound. I can imagine it would be hard to hear over the crowd noise.

TOMMY CAN YOU HEAR ME


He sure plays a mean Wiffleball.
 
2012-05-25 03:12:32 PM
Even in the majors, there are only 21 on record, noted Ralph Diez, another coach. "A perfect game is very uncommon, very difficult to achieve," he said, "probably the most difficult thing in baseball."

There have been 21 perfect games pitched.

There have been 15 unassisted triple plays.

Which one is harder to do? Is the 6 difference a significant enough statistical variation, given the sample size?
 
2012-05-25 03:26:35 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: If you heckle an 11 year old about anything then you are a bad person and I wish bad things for you.


Bingo.
 
2012-05-25 03:28:02 PM

MmmBadEggs: Gosling: Someone ought to tell the hecklers about Three Finger Brown. Or Jim Abbott. that heckling an 11-year old means you are a sad, broken, worthless piece of sh*t.


Well, yeah, but that shouldn't have even needed to be said.
 
2012-05-25 03:28:47 PM

In sports, deaf Little Leaguer throws perfect game.
images3.wikia.nocookie.net

IN SPORTS, DEAF LITTLE LEAGUER THROWS PERFECT GAME.
 
2012-05-25 03:41:33 PM

grinding_journalist: There have been 21 perfect games pitched. There have been 15 unassisted triple plays. Which one is harder to do?


Perfect game by far. The unassisted triple play isn't difficult so much as highly situational. Sure, the fielder has to execute properly, but beyond what any decent infielder should be capable of there's no skill involved.
 
2012-05-25 03:52:19 PM
They told him he could be anything, so he decided to be Randy Johnson.
 
2012-05-25 04:13:03 PM

Serious Black: Does anybody know how to say "You just got told" in ASL?


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2012-05-25 04:19:50 PM

SultanofSchwing: all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "You can't pitch!"... and I'll look down and whisper "hgnnuuu."


That was funnier than it had any right to be.
 
2012-05-25 04:34:39 PM
4 innings? What happened to 6?
 
2012-05-25 04:53:05 PM
Years ago, my co-ed softball team once played in a tournament and one of the entire teams were deaf. It was actually kinda eerie how silent their side was.
 
2012-05-25 04:53:44 PM

grinding_journalist: Even in the majors, there are only 21 on record, noted Ralph Diez, another coach. "A perfect game is very uncommon, very difficult to achieve," he said, "probably the most difficult thing in baseball."

There have been 21 perfect games pitched.

There have been 15 unassisted triple plays.

Which one is harder to do? Is the 6 difference a significant enough statistical variation, given the sample size?


A perfect game is difficult; an unassisted triple play is luck and opportunity.
 
2012-05-25 05:01:38 PM
Ann Frank would be proud of this young man.
 
2012-05-25 05:13:43 PM
Yes, an adult heckling an 11 year old is bad taste. But maybe it was other 11 year olds? When I was in little league, we'd go to other games and give our friends shiat.
 
2012-05-25 05:16:42 PM

Droog8912: A perfect game is difficult; an unassisted triple play is luck and opportunity.


Exactly. Every unassisted triple play I've seen has been very simple. Right place, right time. Bad baserunning or just pure luck on a hit-and-run.

Its a damn cool thing to have on your resume as a pro baseball player... but its not necessarily "difficult".
 
2012-05-25 05:20:45 PM
That deaf, fat and mild kid sure throws a mean fast ball.
 
2012-05-25 05:25:42 PM

Serious Black: Does anybody know how to say "You just got told" in ASL?


What is great is "tell" (no tenses) is basically the same "F*ck You!" gesture of sweeping your hand underneath your chin and out towards someone except using only the index finger. And because you can alter or meld signs in ASL without generally losing meaning, you just use plenty of emphasis and transition into pointing at the person to, which is basically "Tell You" or "You Were Told" but with a big "F*ck You".

Also, you don't say anything in ASL.
 
2012-05-25 05:25:53 PM
Only in NY would they heckle a little leaguer. WTF?
 
2012-05-25 05:59:43 PM
35 years ago we heckled the shiat out of the other team's batter and the pitcher.

every team did.
 
2012-05-25 06:18:30 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: If you heckle an 11 year old about anything then you are a bad person and I wish bad things for you.


It was probably the kids on the other team, and you did it too when you played little league ball. Let's not pretend that it's not a common thing with kids. Hell, it's common with adults (witness the choking gesture towards LeBron last week).

Now, if it's adults taunting the kids there's a problem. The article was unclear.
 
2012-05-25 06:21:28 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Now, if it's adults taunting the kids there's a problem. The article was unclear.


Very true, I have no problem with the kids doing it to him, that's just part of any sport I've played in my life.
 
2012-05-25 06:28:17 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Jim from Saint Paul: If you heckle an 11 year old about anything then you are a bad person and I wish bad things for you.

It was probably the kids on the other team, and you did it too when you played little league ball. Let's not pretend that it's not a common thing with kids. Hell, it's common with adults (witness the choking gesture towards LeBron last week).

Now, if it's adults taunting the kids there's a problem. The article was unclear.


Well they said stands, but your point still stands (no pun intended).

We did this all the time on our off days. And they weren't even heckling his disability.
 
2012-05-25 07:00:31 PM

CitizenTed: Listen, man: I wasn't heckling the kid! I just wanted a pitcher and not a belly itcher. Is that a bad thing? Was that wrong?


I laughed harder than I should have at this. Beer in nose hurts.
 
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