WATCH: Is This Taney Dragons Pitcher the Next Justin Bieber?

Philly Redditors came across this YouTube video of Taney Dragons pitcher Erik Lipson singing Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” The kid can belt out a tune, but some commenters took offense to the video, claiming he’s the victim of greedy stage parents:

About a couple weeks ago on this sub, there was a girl asking for help making a highlight video of one of the little leaguer’s for his father to give to talent agencies (it was clearly about Erik, because she pointed out his personality over his playing performance).

Now his parents are pushing this.

Pretty fucked up to watch parents try to force their children into stardom at this age. Those kids already had too much spotlight and pressure put on them during the LLWS. Just let him be a kid.

I haven’t seen any evidence of his parents forcing him to do the video. Maybe he just wants to be the next Justin Bieber, or, as the title of the video reads, “Justin Berber.” There have been several singing videos posted on his YouTube page over the last eight months, which you can find here.

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  • Erik’s Dad

    Erik “ElipsTheSinger” Lipson, (Yes, Taney Dragon’s Pitcher) loves music and has been taking piano, guitar and voice lessons for over 4 years. He has performed at many venus including Philadelphia’s love park Christmas Celebration Concert, last december. Erik just got into GAMP, Girard Academic Music Program, for this year and we are all very proud of him.

  • Christian Dickson

    I have spent the last year working with Lippy on his pitching mechanics. In every lesson, Erik (Lippy a.k.a. Elips) sings songs that he thinks I would enjoy to hear.

    If you actually knew Erik, you would know how much of a performer he really is in person.

    Trolling boards, muckraking and fabricating rumors only shows ignorance. I hope he does become as popular as he wants to be, because he has worked hard for years to get where he is today.

  • southstreetgirl

    Erik has been singing well before the LLWS . Check out his website, Elipsthesinger or search him on you tube. Not only does he sing but he plays guitar and piano as well and had been taking lessons for years. He recently got accepted into GAMP and starts there this coming week. Erik parents support him in whatever he chooses to do.