In a story that could be the A-plot of a sitcom from the nineties, a high school in Phoenix, Arizona, forfeited a championship baseball game in order to protect its players from the indignity of playing against a girl. FOX News reports:
Our Lady of Sorrows refused to play Mesa Preparatory Academy in Thursday’s scheduled Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship game, because that team has Paige Sultzbach at second base. The 15-year-old agreed to sit out a pair of regular season victories over Our Lady of Sorrows, which is run by the Society of St. Pius X, an traditionalist church that broke away from Roman Catholic Church over Vatican reforms in 1970. But with everything on the line tonight, Sultzbach wasn’t willing to stay glued to the bench — even if it means no game at all.
Our Lady of Sorrows, indeed. The school released a statement that read, in part: “Teaching our boys to treat ladies with deference, we choose not to place them in an athletic competition where proper boundaries can only be respected with difficulty.” All of this “proper boundaries” talk is very confusing given that it’s baseball, and not football or basketball, sports which would require close contact between players. The most offensive thing I can think of a player doing on a baseball diamond is spitting, and that should be discouraged regardless. Also, A League of Their Own came out 20 years ago. Let’s pull it together, Arizona.