Tuesday, July 21, 2009

There Must Be A Law Against Starting A 12 Year Old. Oh That's Right. It's Bolivia

The last thing I remember about Bolivia is eating an Argentinian steak in Santa Cruz and not being able to taste it due to some type of flu-like sickness I picked up in Chile. For all I know, it could have been a horse or a homeless Quechua man. I'm pretty sure it was one of the two. All I know is that I was robbed of what should have been a great culinary experience. What's this have to do with 12 year old kids starting in the Bolivian professional soccer league? Nothing.

12 year old Mauricio Baldivieso came on as a substitute for Aurora in a Clausura championship match against La Paz last weekend. His father, also Aurora's manager, put him on with seven minutes left in the match. How did he do?

Freddy Adu spits in Mauricio's general direction. At least he has passing back and rolling on the ground like an Italian down to a science. In case you were wondering, he was crying as he rolled on the ground. Anyone can see that challenge wouldn't have done much to a grown player although they might have eaten it up a bit. Dad needs to chill on pushing his kid into the big time. There's plenty of time if he's any good. In the meantime, somebody give us some steaks. Enough with these Gatorade and sports drink offers. Give us something good.

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