Sunday, August 22, 2010


So it is no secret to anyone who knows me that I am a sports guy. I love competition, athletes, athletics, and strategy and sports provide all that and more. Sports have always been a part of my life but I have been out of school for a while now and do not compete as much. I ran a half marathon in the spring, but it was not my kind of race. This fall I want to run some 5k races because that is more race strategy assuming you are in shape to run a 5k. This blog post is not about me it is about the kids in the Little League World Series. I love this event and for the past three years I have been glued to the TV when it has been on.

I have a lot of reasons for loving this event. For a strat three years ago when this obsession started I think I just liked seeing PA. Most likely I missed what I called home, and the LLWS is played in Williamsport PA. At the time Sarah and I had just moved to Atlanta and I have no friends here, and was job hunting. It was nice to look at the scenery every night for a little over a week. Then it hit me about mid week that first year the games can be exciting.

Now three years later I love watching these kids play. I now call a baseball town home and watch and listen to a lot of MLB games. These guy in the majors are great and the sport is wrapped in history and legend these things all add to my love for the game. So why do I love the LLWS? The game, it is an amazing game to watch these young teens work together and lean on each other.

The kids are the key. They are playing on a smaller field then the majors but the speed of play is the same. Sometimes the plays and skills of the kids are amazing. Looking into the eyes of these kids is the draw for me. They are all having fun, you can tell they are all competitors and hate to lose games but in the end they are playing a game. I would be willing to bet that a couple hours after the toughest lose these kids are back to being kids. Everyone of these kids has that look, that you only see every so often in the majors. In the majors you see it when a young minor league player comes up to his first start in the majors.

I could go on and on about why I like to watch the LLWS, but think a challenge is in order. Weather your a baseball fan or not sit down and watch a game. The games are only 6 innings and the rules are are a little different then the majors so there is a lot to watch. Even if you are not into sports this is something to check out. So please watch a game, if it is your first time maybe wait till later in the week, but watch one and if you can put into words why it is so great feel free to share.


1 comment:

  1. You should go sometime! You can stay at my parents place up there because there are NO hotel rooms :)