The player's viewpoint

Zach Stillwell, baseball

Catcher Zach Stillwell pulls no punches when he gets started on parents who are overly zealous about school sports. "So often, the stories in the papers about aggressive parents on the sidelines of ice rinks, football fields, and basketball courts sound to me like a battle of the fathers' egos," he says. "And when the fighting or the jeering dies down, I bet those poor kids don't like sports any longer. I bet they hate it."

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