[quote=“billtown, post:8, topic:2600”]If you’ve never been to the Little League World Series, put it on your bucket list. It is an experience you will never forget. Having grown up in Williamsport and lived there until 11 years ago I spent many, many days there. There were several years before there were 2 field when I didn’t miss a single game.
It’s everything they make it out to be. If you have a kid who plays little league baseball or softball take them. It truly is a field of dreams. The kids are the kings.
I only wish the Ugandan team could have had everything in order so they could be there this year. After watching the documentary on ESPN on Sunday I didn’t come away with the feeling that they were using ineligible players from an age point of view - it was that they didn’t have a paper trail birthday date (day of the year) documentation for their visas. They knew the year they were born but not the day. What a shame.
Again let me say - you must make it a point to get there. NittanyIllini - bribe your wife - a day or 2 of missed school won’t scar him for life nor keep him out of Harvard. It may however be the chance to build and share a memory with your son that will be with you forever.[/quote]
It is a shame about the Ugandan team. Ten years to the day (gosh, has it been that long?), I know LL is still smarting from the whole Danny Almonte thing and they don’t want that to happen again. In fact, the State College Little Leaguers that year lost to Danny Almonte in the Mid-Atlantic regional final by a score of 2-0. Had they uncovered the info then, State College would have made its way to Williamsport.
Here’s an article from that year during the investigation and a quote from State College manager Tom Hart.
"Anyone who could do to our team, to the Florida team, to the California team what he did — I wanted to believe in my heart that he was 12 because I was witnessing greatness on the level of a Michael Jordan or a Tiger Woods," said Tom Hart, whose State College, Pa., team was beaten 2-0 by the Bronx in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship with Almonte pitching a no-hitter. "In my heart, I felt I was witnessing something illegal, and he robbed my kids of their dream."
So they take age verification very seriously.
As for getting to Williamsport…I’m blessed to have a son good enough to play on tournament teams in our Little League, and his Little League is one of the top five in our home state and makes it to States on a regular basis. Problem is, our home state is Georgia and the parents in Warner Robins breed baseball players, then hand them a bat and glove right out of the womb. And if it’s not them, it’s Columbus. So if you’re the third best LL program in your state, try not having Georgia be that state ;D
But, hey, if they don’t make it there, us coaches have already decided that we’ll take our sons and their tourney team to Cooperstown for another awesome summer tournament they have up there for their final year of Little League ball. So it will be a win-win regardless.