We turned out to have a pretty good team. We made it all the way to the championship game. We had a one run lead going into the final inning, and to my exasperation, my dad put Johnny into right field for the final inning. With the tying run on second base and two outs, the other team hit the ball near Johnny. He didn't see it and we lost.
To say that I was furious would be an understatement. I asked my dad why he did that. He said that Johnny came to the practices and followed the rules, so he had to play him. I said but we lost the Championship Game! He said that it would not be fair if he didn't get to play.
I saw Johnny at school a few days later and he apologized for losing the game. By then I had calmed down. I told him that we were a team at that no one person loses or wins a game. We did pretty well as a team to make it to the championship game. He seemed to feel better. I never forgot the lesson.
I guess that sports can be valuable for young people. Particularly when the coach has integrity.