Defining Child Abuse: MLB Parents Endanger Children and Nobody Seems to Care

How is holding your child and endangering their life not abuse?!?

I pose this question in various ways to pro-netting “fans”.

I am a book nerd of sorts. I’m just shy of my Ph.D. in Rhetoric with a special emphasis in Psychology of Writing. I love learning. Regrettably, my foil doesn’t seem to have the same zest and zeal for learning as I do. Still, Andy has been great for business.

My favorite pro-netter is Andy Z. He is apparently an attorney by trade. From what I can tell, he’s a real estate attorney. I’m not sure what that entails, but to me it’s telling that he’s in real estate and not in a court room arguing about crimes and such. Just real estate. It seems a safe bet to me. But again, that’s just my take.

If you’ve read my work much here, you know that I have proven Andy’s assertions wrong time and again. I show how he’s not told people about his own foul ball injury, how he’s lots three “suits” against the Yankees and MLB (one request for hospital bill payment, an actual lawsuit, and an appeal—all losses). And I use his logical fallacies against him to show how he lacks any incontrovertible data/stats to say nets are NEEDED.

I’ve even been gracious enough to offer him a place on FoulBallz. He’s refused. Which in and of itself speaks volumes for how shaky he knows how argument is…it’s a rhetorical device we all use to some degree to hide our insecurities.

But the real issue that disturbs me about Andy is his consistent refusal to answer this question:

How does this situation not rise to the level of willful neglect/child endangerment/child abuse?: A parent chooses to ignore the warning signs about balls and bats, ignores the announcements, CHOOSES to sit in the area by buying tickets (nobody is forcing them to buy those tickets; it’s free will), and then their kid gets plastered by a foul ball or bat.

Along with that question is: How does a parent’s CHOICE make MLB accountable for the injury?

He refuses to answer it from a legal standpoint. I’m not sure why though. But here’s my take (as a non-legal professional):

There have been several cases where parents failed to buckle up their kids. They got into an accident. It’s been considered reckless endangerment/child abuse. The car maker wasn’t at fault for the parent’s choice.

There have also been several cases of what I feel is ridiculous overreach, but these are real cases: Parents forgot to put sunburn lotion on their kid and the kid got super burnt, to the point of having to go to the hospital for treatment.

Those are two extremes. But they are both predicated on a couple of legal ideas:

  1. Parents have a legal responsibility to protect their children from known potential harms—in these cases, death/serious injury from not being belted in and traumatizing sunburn.
  2. Parents made a choice to do these—whether intention or unwittingly.

Based on these two points that Andy has agreed exist and are what parents should do, I’m confused as to how a parent who:

  1. Knowingly buys a ticket for their kid to sit in a KNOWN area rife for foul balls (the known danger).
  2. Ignores all warning signs and announcements
  3. Chooses to sit in the dangerous area WITH their kid

How is any of that the fault of MLB? And more importantly, how is that not willful endangerment/child abuse?

Look at the situation with the foul balls. Those three choices are essentially identical to both the seat belt and the sunburn examples. The parent made a decision to ignore the benefits of taking safety measure to protect their child.

Safety precautions at baseball games are:

  1. Signage … all over the place!
  2. Announcements
  3. Ticket disclaimers

Yet Andy can’t give me a SINGLE reason why the baseball parent is NOT abusing their kid, yet the others are. Nor is he able to show me any of his stats, his facts, his data that he claims to have. His answer is “Google it”. Whiners with such strong confirmation bias, who are gold diggers and who don’t want to take responsibility for their own actions are, as seen in the attendance drop after nets were extended in all 30 parks, responsible for the death of The American Pastime. It’s that simple.