The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Eight-Year-Old Denies Twisting Ankle, Refuses To Admit Dad Was Right About Not Pitching Like Dontrelle Willis
Originally posted 7/25/2005

Don't try this at home, kids.
LAKELAND, FL - Eight-year-old baseball fan Dante Dawson, who on Thursday twisted his ankle trying to imitate the awkward, jerky pitching motion of Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis despite orders from his father not to do so, continued to deny well into the weekend that his dad was right about the dangers of copying Willis' form or that he'd been injured at all.

"Dontrelle's my favorite player," Dawson said Sunday of Willis, a two-time All-Star who is currently 13-6 with a 3.23 ERA and is tied for the Major League lead with five complete games. "I want to be just like him when I grow up. Dad says I'm not supposed to throw like that, but Dontrelle does it so it has to be good."

Dawson, who was limping noticeably on Friday, nevertheless denied that he was in pain, attempting to walk as little as possible and to stay away from his dad.

"That boy has got no sense," said Luther Dawson, Dante's father. "He wants to pitch like Dontrelle Willis. Now he went and messed up his ankle. I told him if he starts trying to throw like that he's gonna get hurt. I've seen Dontrelle Willis throw. It's just not natural."

When asked if he hurt his ankle trying to throw like Dontrelle Willis or if his injury was just a coincidence, Dante Dawson replied, "coincidence." When asked if he knew what "coincidence" meant, he responded, "I don't know."

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