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Little League – something to cheer about August 26, 2009

Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
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The Little League World Series is playing out in Williamsport, Pennsylvania right now. I lived in Williamsport as a kid, from 6th grade until I went to Mercersburg Academy in 11th grade. I was always a bit amazed that a world-wide organization that represented thousands of young baseball players would end up playing for the world championship every year in the town I lived in. One of my classmates whose name I can’t recall was the grandson on the maternal side of the founder of the Little League. I would always remember his stories and be secretly envious that he had such a cool connection to the event.

So tonight I am watching the 1st round of the semi’s on ESPN. Silly really. 12 and 13-year olds playing a game most every boy (and now girls) play sometime in their life.

But this is the Bigs. This is the real deal for thousands of kids all across the globe that play in the league that culminates it’s season in Williamsport every August.

Tonight’s game is Texas vs. New York…and I have a dog in this hunt.  My Texas connections run deep so I’m rooting for the boys from San Antonio.

They’re up 4-1 in the bottom of the 3rd.

I have a dear friend who’s 12-year old plays baseball. Walter Graf is very talented and the teams he’s been on have gone on to the world championships in their respective league several times. They don’t play in  Little League (I think he’s in the AAU) so there’s no chance of him ever playing in the show in Williamsport.

Since I bore a daughter I will never realize the experience of nurturing a little leaguer along. I tried though. When my daughter was 8 we got her to try softball.

Cecilia and Coach Ben

Cecilia and Coach Ben

I even volunteered to be a coach. She wasn’t all that bad. She had better than average skills and gave it a noble try. As much as I would have liked to live vicariously through her softball, I realized her heart wasn’t in it. We backed off and let her find her natural direction.  It ended up in Cheerleading—not an unexpected direction and she has excelled ever since. So my little leaguer is a cheerleader…and that’s pretty cool.



Texas is still up 4-1 in the bottom of the 5th. Good luck lads…you’ve got a couple of cheerleaders rooting for you.



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