At one point during a game, the coach called one of his
7-year-old baseball players aside and asked, "Do you understand what
cooperation is? What a team is?" The little boy nodded in the
affirmative. "Do you understand that what matters is whether we win
or lose together as a team?" The little boy nodded yes.
"So," the coach continued, "I'm sure you know, when an out is
called, you shouldn't argue, curse, attack the umpire, or call him a
pecker-head. Do you understand all that?" Again the little boy
nodded. He continued, "And when I take you out of the game so another
boy gets a chance to play, it's not good sportsmanship to call your coach 'a
dumb asshole' is it?" Again the little boy nodded.
"Good," said the coach. "Now go over there and explain all
that to your mother."