You think you’ve seen it all, then ….

A parent of a University of Houston baseball player makes a website to trash his son’s coach.

Feel free to click on the link and learn about what a great Little League baseball player Jimmy Raviele was. (According to his dad, you must know Jimmy’s complete background to understand the scope of the problem at Houston).

It’s impossible to finish, but if you skim through it, there are quite a few laughs to be had.


Kyle Bonagura

Kyle Bonagura is a Pleasanton-based prep sports writer for the Bay Area Newsgroup-East Bay.

  • John

    Jimmy Raviele must be very, very embarrassed by his Dad, who sounds like a very extreme Little League Dad.

  • SoftToss

    That dad is a clown. He is pretty extreme, but the sad thing is, I’ve seen lots of parents that aren’t too far off from him. If your son is not playing, he’s not good enough. End of story. A coach has no reason but to play the best players.

  • That Dad is crazy, but I slightly disagree with SoftToss. Sometimes your son or daughter isn’t playing because the “Coach” is devoloping his kid. But, that’s just something you have to live with. I certainly wouldn’t do what this Dad did. The problem is that Dad’s like this create uncoachable kids that end up not living up to their full potential because thier parents have beefed up their egos or the real world of sports hits them where “you pay you play” no longer exists and that kid that wasn’t too great to begin with.

  • SoftToss

    I was referring strictly to high school or college baseball. I totally agree that little league coaches play their kid over kids who are better. That happens all the time. But in general, coaches at the high school or college level play their best players.

  • My apologies SoftToss, I guess we agree. It drives me crazy when parents don’t let the coach do what is best for the “team”. Hey, I want my kid to start and I want him to get the most playing time, but if he hasn’t earned it or another kid is playing better than him he needs to understand that. I have taught my kids that you do what you need to in the classroom, you don’t dog it in practice and you work on your “craft” and you will get what you deserve.