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Teen ballplayer kicked off team for having long hair, not respecting the game

May 5, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

A teenage pitcher on an Alberta baseball team has been kicked off for having long hair. Hair he was growing long to donate to a cancer charity, by the way. Seems he didn’t respect the game:

Mackenzie has been coaching the team for seven years and says his decision comes down to basic respect for the game.

“To me, the hair issue is part of the uniform,” he said. “It’s like the hat. It’s like the jersey. It’s all part of the appearance and that’s important to me, to have respect for yourself and for your other team mates.”

The Pincher Creek Minor┬áBaseball Association has put out a statement saying it has no problem with Mackenzie’s rule.

So I guess it’s not just in the majors where conservative jerkwads come up with their own self-written rules that fit with their own personal jerkwad image and then scold others for not conforming.

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(Thanks to BTF for the heads up)

  1. coffeeblack95616 - May 5, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    @ spursareold

    You might be in the simpleton class as you can’t even understand a basic point. It’s not about exceptions. A rule was in place. You want to break it? Fine. Then either 1) ask permission for what anyone would deem a worthy cause, or 2) face the consequences. But to hide behind something that may have been retroactively decided upon as the reason for long hair because all the simpletons will support it without any thought isn’t the right way to go.

    • spursareold - May 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      People put rules in place to further their agenda. If you ask for an exception, they of course say no. They put the rule in place for their reasons, and to hell with yours. The only way to get unjust rules changed is to break them and publicize the fallout.

      “You must make the injustice visible” – Gandhi

  2. rickditka - May 5, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    The most important thing is to not miss the chance to teach your child a lesson. In this case, when confronted with opposition, make up a story about cancer charity, sit down and scream about your rights. And miss the baseball season.

    Maybe the coach is a jerk. Maybe his parents are worse.

    • billyboots - May 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Do you have proof the parents made it up? Link? Citation from a credible source?

  3. chiadam - May 5, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Was this run by Brian McCann?

  4. moogro - May 5, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    This is kinda sexist also. Girls hair is also considered disrespectful?

  5. yahmule - May 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    The coach @ my old high school, who retired in 2003 after almost 40 years in the dugout and on the sidelines, strictly forbade: long hair, earrings, cursing, talking to the opposition and plenty more. He won like crazy, though.

  6. barkleyblows - May 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Craig is a racist d bag. Just sayin.

  7. metalhead65 - May 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    conservative jerkwads? nice way to show tolerance you left wing tree hugging liberals are always preaching. maybe it’s just a case of a coach who is sticking by his rules whether you agree with them or not they are rules. good cause or not the kid knew them and chose to not follow them so he paid the price. just another case of liberals choosing to ignore rules and laws they do not agree with.illegals crossing the border and breaking the law by doing so? no problem let’s just ignore the law and give them all amnesty.

    • anxovies - May 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Us folks here at Duck Dynasty support the Pincher Creek Minor Baseball Association in its fight against commie tax-loving gun-hating liberal long-hair freaks.

      Phil Robertson

      • metalhead65 - May 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        I support the dynasty and their values any day over ones that let anything goes that currently are ruining this great country we live in. maybe you like the redistribution and socialists policies of the current administration but real red blooded Americans do not. the country was founded on concept of freedom and hard work allow you to be whatever you want not what the government says you can. how is obamacare working out for you? happy with the way your insurance rates have gone up? it is not even helping the people it was intended to! if you do not have a job and meet certain income requirements you are not eligible!

  8. knew8411 - May 6, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    These old school fogies need to let it go… they not wonder why baseball is losing popularity? It’s because of dinosaurs like this. I mean really? Your gonna kick the kid off a team because of long hair, which when cut would be donated to a chemo patient? What a tool!

    • greggmondo - May 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      They left off the part about the kid also wearing high heel sneakers and acting like a queen.

  9. bowltr - May 6, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Not neither? A double negative to start a sentence? Grammar a little?

    You said it….. he’s the coach. His rules. What’s next? Trashing the coach on social media because he can’t start? I’ll say it again………..cut your hair = play, don’t cut your hair = don’t play. Simple. His choice. Coach is not making him do anything. Every activity, job or group has conditions that need to be met and this just happens to be one.

    I guess we just live in the day and age of pampered kids and everyone gets a trophy.

  10. jimmyt - May 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    “conservative jerkwads”???? I had long hair when I was a kid and was constantly under fire from my liberal democrat relatives and extream liberal educators to cut it. I have long hair again now that I am successful enough where I don’t care if a jerkwad has a problem with it or not but the jerkwads come in all shapes and sizes.

  11. stlouis1baseball - May 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Wow. The views by 98% of our HBT bretheren never ceases to surprise me.
    You all sound like wonderful people…personally. People I would love to pound a few beers with.
    But damn. This is HIS TEAM. HE can coach it (and mandate policies) they way HE wants to.
    Until he crosses a line that is real. Or until he crosses a line that freaking matters…STFU.
    Or better yet…coach your own team and set and/or mandate your own policies.
    Otherwise…STFU. No really…STFU about it. I mean that in the sincerest form. Just STFU.

  12. gloccamorra - May 6, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I’m surprised nobody mentioned the time Reds manager Pete Rose offered Rollie Fingers a contract, but Marge Shott insisted all Reds must be clean-shaven. Rollie’s reply was “Tell Mrs. Shott when she shaves her St. Bernard, I’ll shave my moustache.” I remain convinced that the writers’ appreciation for that single sentence gave Rollie the margin of votes he needed to get in the HOF.

  13. cooper1854 - May 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Understand respecting the game but this is ridiculous. Seems the coach is on a bit of a power trip.

  14. kevinbnyc - May 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    How has this possibly degenerated into a discussion of politics, morality and personal choice?

  15. jimmyt - May 6, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    C.C. does it all the time with name-calling such as “conservative jerkwads”.

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