Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A League of Their Own

It's August in Williamsport, PA, and that means one thing:

The Little League World Series.

In fact, it's the 65th Little League World Series this year.

As I was getting the battery replaced in my car yesterday evening, I happened to catch a little of the Canada/Japan game on TV (Japan won 4-0 FYI).

Can you imagine being an 11-13 year old and playing baseball on national television?

Me either.

The Series has seen its fair share of future star athletes, including MLBers Jason Bay, Boog Powell, Jason Varitek, and Gary Sheffield, as well as NHL stars Pierre Turgeon and Chris Drury, and NFL player Matt Cassel.

The Series has also had its fair share of scandal. Remember when Danny Almonte kicked some major butt with his 70 mph slider, only to be proven too old to be playing?

And p.s., can you believe that's been 10 years ago?

With Japan's elimination win over Canada today, they become one step closer to repeating as World Series Champs.

But what about Pennsylvania, who no-hit the Louisiana team for a 10-0 slaying?

Or Montana, who are still perfect in competition play?

Whoever wins it this year, you can bet it will be exciting and memorable.

Especially to the youth that will have that experience for the rest of their lives.
So have you been watching any of the World Series? Do you have a favorite team out there? Let me know!

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