Let the Kids Play Ball, New Bedford [OPINION]
The Baker Administration has finally decided to allow our kids to play youth baseball but it appears the kids are going to have to wait while city officials mull it over.
The Whaling City Youth Baseball League was prepared to begin its season on Monday, the first day of Phase 3 of Gov. Baker's reopening plan. But the season is being delayed again, this time so that city officials can get their act together.
A post to the league's Facebook page expressed frustration at the pace of the launch of the youth baseball season locally,
"We put in many hours setting our own guidelines, doing work at the fields and such," the league wrote in a comment under the post below. "The governor didn't make public his guidelines until 4 p.m. on the day that we were told be ready to go. Those guidelines have to be approved by the city."
The league says it is awaiting the "green light" from Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Parks and Recreation Department.
"Please know that we have been tirelessly working toward a stable and safe start to the season. We anxiously await the approval and City guidelines. The League is ready to go, we cannot begin play until the City allows us to begin play," the post read.
State and local officials have put our kids through enough this year. Why the delay? Local officials have been anticipating the resumption of youth sports for some time now. There should have been a plan already adopted that could have been implemented immediately.
Come on Mayor Mitchell, let the kids play ball.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.