Pro Soccer Coach Puts 12-Yr-Old Son Into Game

If Bruce Bochy had a 12-year-old son, I’d find it perfectly reasonable for him to send in the lad as a pinch hitter against John Smoltz in the bottom of the eighth. Wait no, that’s crazy. Sure it couldn’t hurt, considering how the Giants are hitting; but that would be child abuse. So meet Julio Cesar Baldivieso, coach of Bolivian first division pro soccer team Aurora, who has no such qualms. Look what he did on Sunday in a match against La Paz FC.

Julio Cesar Baldivieso and son Mauricio

With his team trailing 1-0 with about nine minutes remaining, Baldivieso put his 12-year-old son, Mauricio, into the game. So how did it go? Um, not so well. Did you ever see the movie “Lucas”?

In addition to not helping his team much at all, young Mauricio was the recipient of a couple of aggressive tackles, one which left him rolling on the field, crying. We assume he wasn’t faking.

“I’m very proud, he’s got a lot of talent,” said the boy’s father, Aurora coach and Bolivian 1994 World Cup midfielder Julio Cesar Baldivieso.

Baldivieso senior, in the stands serving a suspension, was much less happy though with the rough marking by Henry Alaca that left his son in tears, calling the defender a criminal and slamming the referee for not booking him.

Hey kid, stop playing with those Pokemon cards and get into the game! He’s the youngest person ever to play in a first division match in South America, according to the Bolivian press. Fernando Garcia, who was just short of his 14th birthday in 2001, played in a game in Peru. Hat tip to UNPROFESSIONAL FOUL.

Meanwhile, here’s tonight’s Cardinals-at-Astros pitching matchup.

Brian Moehler, R/R, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, 6 wins, 5 losses, 5.08 ERA

Tommy Perkins, R/R, 4-foot-0, 86 pounds, 0 wins, 12 losses, 149.80 ERA