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USA, USA, USA August 31, 2009

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The kids from Chula Vista, CA are world champs!

For the second straight year it took a dramatic comeback to win the Little League World Series championship and Chula Vista did it with outstanding pitching and clutch hitting. The California boys rallied behind relief pitcher Kiko Garcia who threw 3 scoreless innings. That allowed the bats to catch up and do what they have done all series. Down 3-0 coming into the bottom of the third, Chula Vista scored a run on an error that seemed to deflate the kids from  Chinese Taipei (Taiwan). Garcia retired Taiwan 1-2-3 in the forth and you could feel the momentum swinging California’s way. The bats got hot for Chula Vista in the 4th and they scored 3 to take the lead. Taiwan was reeling. They were  now on their third pitcher, trying anything to stop the hot US bats. It wasn’t to be—California added two more in the fifth and were just three outs from the  World Championship. Garcia took the mound in the 6th with a steely look in his eye; he was in the zone. He knew what he had to do and he did it striking out the side to cinch the win.

California set a Little League Championship series record for homers at 19 but failed to hit one in the final game. They used clutch hitting, flawless defense and superior pitching to earn this win.  Congratulations!

Little League update August 27, 2009

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LLBBWS09_160px_transtanThe kids from San Antonio held on last night in a magnificent display of defense beating New York 4-1. They’re now set to meet the winner of tonight’s semifinal game for the US championship on Saturday at 3pm eastern on ABC.

Ya just gotta love Little League.

Here’s the link to their coach’s blog. http://mcallisterlittleleaguewilliamsport.blogspot.com/

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My little town of Boynton Beach, FL represented the US in the ’03 title game losing to Japan.(rather badly too)

Little League – something to cheer about August 26, 2009

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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.

Cecilia

Cecilia

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.