The wonderful John Lott of the National Post, in putting together a feature on Canada’s entry in the upcoming Little League World Series, asked Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus about his experience as a member of the U.S.A. team in 1999.

He supplied Mr. Lott with the quote of the Century:

Tough competition, good players. The field, the stadium, it was awesome. A ton of people in the stands. I don’t think pressure really bothered us. We were more scared of my dad than anything.

You might think that the fear of Tony Rasmus would have something to do with the overbearing reputation he earned, whether fairly or unfairly, while his son was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. However, I’m not so convinced.

If anything, I imagine 12-year-olds were more frightened by him eating a snake before every game:

Photos via the Twitter feeds of Tony Rasmus and Cyle Rasmus.