KPIX-TV (San Francisco) anchor-reporter Ken Bastida, in a live remote at AT&T Park with the Petaluma, CA Little League team that finished 3rd in the 2012 Little League World Series, quizzed 12-year-old pitcher/first baseman Daniel Marzo about how the local girls are reacting to his newfound celebrity.
He concluded the interview by inviting the presumably pubescent ballplayer to have a beer with him, to which Marzo replied, "Sounds good!" It's clear that Bastida was joking, but his colleagues in the KPIX studio didn't risk letting his words float out without registering their disapproval. Allen Martin said be heard saying "No, Ken, we're not going to allow that," followed up by his mumbling "Contributing to the delinquency..."
It reminded me of the then-controversial 1976 hit movie "The Bad News Bears," starring Walter Matthau as Morris Buttermaker, an alcoholic former minor league pitcher who keeps his one foot out of the grave in the baseball world by coaching a hapless group of youngsters. SPOILER ALERT: After the Bears narrowly lose the league championship game, Buttermaker dips into his ever-present cooler and tosses bottles of beer to the kids, some of whom partake, although most just poured it on their teammates.