It's 'Play Ball' for Par-Troy West Llittle League

More than 1,000 kids strutted their stuff in honor of the little league baseball season's opening day.

A packed crowd was on hand for the 2012 opening day for the Par-Troy West Little League. 

The event, held at the league's stadium at Lake Parsippany Park on Elmwood Road, was a festive affair featuring music, food, and lots of happy kids proudly showing off their new baseball and softball uniforms.

On hand for the event were dignitaries including Mayor James Barberio, the entire Township Council, Freeholder Ann Grossi and Sparkee, the mascot of the Somerset Patriots minor league baseball team.

Michael April 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Does anyone know if the father who was banned from his son's games was allowed to attend? I read an article on the Top 5 stories on the Patch and never could figure out exactly what it was that he had done. From what I understand he was asking questions about the league.
Dominic Dean April 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM
It looks like a great day for Par-Troy West Little League opening day. That is except for one father and son. You may recall that last year Scott Dean, my son, was banned for seven years because of something he was supposed to have said or done. He evidently really upset the powers to be at Par-Troy West. So my grandson's game will not be attended by his dad not because Scott is not interested in being there, on the contrary, because he has not apologized for something he did not say. It is a said day in Muddville when Mighty Casey struck out and when Scott was censured. Remember its about the kids not about disagreements between adults.
Kathy April 21, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Well said, Mr. Dean...It is a sad day indeed....Scott is a very good father...He LOVES his son and I do not blame him one bit for refusing to be bullied into an apology for something he did not do....though the new uniforms do look very nice.....best wishes to all of the youth involved in the program....
Deborah April 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM
As one of the Patch's most commented on stories last year, it would be nice to have an update on that situation with the father that was banned from watching his son play. It's a shame that we can't take this as an opportunity to teach our children how to be inclusive of everyone, regardless of their views and respect them for different beliefs and perspectives. ParTroy West would then live up to our expectations to not just teach our kids a sport, but to set an example of good sportsmanship. Copy and paste the link below to read the original story. http://parsippany.patch.com/articles/parsippany-father-former-coach-banned-from-seeing-his-son-play-ball
Natalie Davis (Editor) April 22, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Stay tuned.
steve revette April 22, 2012 at 02:20 AM
This crap again? All due respect Mr. Dean. I have been involved with little league for over ten years playing and umpiring. There are two sides to every story. You say your grand son plays basbeall? Why was your son complaining and making a fuss about my father's softball fields? The girls finally had their own dugouts and for a lot of time they weren't allowed to use them. If there's a problem with park road softball fields it's that it took so long for them to get bathrooms. I have seen hundreds of people walk in and out of those dugouts and have never heard anybody ever say they were unsafe for the girls. Also Mr. Neglia " Nice and respectful Par "Troy west President" put a response into Mr. Dean's allegations on Parsippany Life. It made a lot of sense. I'm 100 percent sure Mr. Neglia did not just wake up one morning and say I'm going to ban somebody for seven years because he wouldn't and he couldn't. He has built a very successful program which I'm honored to be a part of.
Tim April 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Nobody has ever said that Mr. Neglia just woke up and banned Scott for no reason. He and the board did, however, overreact when Scott decided to raise a stink about what he saw as inappropriate behavior - I believe this all started when Scott accused another coach of acting with unsportsmanlike conduct. After Scott was not invited back to coach the following year (clearly in retribution), he started raising more of a stink. Perhaps his accusations have gone too far at times, and perhaps not all of his allegations are 100% true. But allegations of wrongdoing, either public or private and either true or untrue, do not warrant banning a man from watching his son's games. The boards actions seem driven more by ego and anger that someone would dare accuse them of wrongdoing, and less driven by what is best for the league and the community. I would never stand up and say Scott is a completely innocent victim in this matter: I am Scott's brother and I know his personality. I can completely believe that he is also being driven by passions and anger. But even if Scott's accusations were 100% untrue, the proper course of action is to use the laws against libel and other public untruths to respond to any unjust accusations. The board has not done this: They have instead chosen to use their power over game attendance to personally hurt their accuser. That is simply wrong in my book.
ALLISON ORR April 26, 2012 at 07:26 PM
The Opening Day at ParTroy West was a great night for all who attended. Let's redirect the political remarks somewhere else so as not to interfere, or intertwine, with a night that was important (and fun) to the children in the community who are unbiased, and uninvolved.


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