Seniors should have been honored

Published 12:06pm Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dear Editor,

One can only hope that the family, friends, community leaders and sponsors of the Thompson High School baseball team will never again stand for the disgraceful way their coaches dishonored and dismissed the senior baseball players at their final game of their high school careers.

The stands were packed with extended family members and friends proudly ready to honor and support the seniors. Yet, when the game started the seniors did not take the field. Never will these coaches be able to justify that decision.

This was not an important game as far as statistics were concerned; however, it was a very important game as far as the THS seniors and their families were concerned.

The coach stated he wanted to win; he did not! Someone needs to inform him and his staff that winning doesn’t only present itself on a scoreboard! When these coaches failed to honor their seniors, they failed in integrity and character. Does the fact that most of these players, since eighth grade, have been loyal in their dedication to practicing, playing, and mentoring younger players mean nothing?

What about the parents of the seniors who have committed vast amounts of time and finances to support the program, does that mean nothing? How ungrateful and unappreciative could these coaches possibly be? The coach and his staff lost much more than just a ballgame last night. They lost a great deal of respect and surely sponsorships! And for what, so his juniors and sophomores could have a practice game? This was not an effective way to sell the THS baseball program!

T. H. Wyatt and family



    I do understand your feelings…truly. However, if I am not mistaken, I have seen pictures of a very nice “Senior Day” from earlier in the season. From the comments I heard from friends it was very nice and well thought out. My son was a senior last year and I had another son who was a Senior 5 years before him. I have had a son in the THS Baseball program for 10 years up until last year. Our older son had his Senior Day rained out and never re-scheduled and our youngest had his Senior Day which amounted to a Home-run Derby with just the parents present…sad indeed. To say that I was angry at the time is an understatement but here is what I have learned…

    My son could have cared less…less than 8 weeks later we were moving him to Tuscaloosa and life was moving on. That is the way it should be, which left me to think that I was making Senior Day all about me..not my son.

    I believe the important thing to remember and hold in your heart are your son’s team mates, the parents of whom you have probably formed friendships that will forever be with you. Remember the good stuff…the bad stuff will do nothing but create anger and frustration and everyone and everything around you will have moved on…but you. As I have been reminded many times over while dealing with THS whether it be baseball or other issues…”It is what it is”.

    Put your son ahead of your bitterness and look toward graduation in a couple of weeks…for truly…that is where his life will begin. Good Luck and God Bless!

    Always a Warrior!

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