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The Boys of Summer Are Back

The Boys of Summer Are Back

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No I’m not talking about the MLB here which they are affectionately known sometimes. I’m talking about actual boys. The boys I’m referring to are those that play in the Little League World Series. 

I know what you’re thinking….Katie, how did you become such a big fan of the LLWS? That’s not exactly the kind of sport you sit down and really think…I should totally get into this. It all just sort of happened naturally about 11 years ago. 

I had recently graduated from college with a musical theater and was in the process of looking for a summer job and trying to decide what the should be and how much longer I was going to stick around Michigan before leaving to pursue my singing and dancing dreams in the Big Apple. 

Back in those days, there were no smartphones and when randomly flipping through channels that summer my eye was caught when I passed ESPN. There were young kids playing baseball on national television. Not only that, but when I opened my dad’s paper on the coffee table they had the whole schedule of the tournament. For the next few days and weeks, I spent as much time as possible keeping track of the scores and logging them the old-fashioned way in the paper. It was actually quite fun and fulfilling.

In short the basic format of the LLWS is this: Teams of boys (and sometimes girls…I’m looking at you Mo’ne Davis!) aged 10-13 compete in local and state tournaments and then advance to the regional knockout levels to try and claim their honor of wearing their regions name on their jerseys in Williamsport, PA.

2015 Female Breakout Athlete of the Year, Mo’Ne Davis  

Not only do teams from all over the US participate in the LLWS, but it’s truly a World Series including teams from 5 continents. There are 8 teams that represent the US and 8 the represent the rest of the world.

These kids spend their summer and competing for both local and hopefully international glory. When they return back to school they can brag about the how far they made it and even more recently the famous major leaguers they got to meet. For the second year in a row MLB will be playing  a regular season game in Williamsport to further develop and foster youth passion for the game of baseball. 

The passion and sportsmanship these kids play with is unlike any other. Your heart can’t help but break when they are eliminated in a tough loss, much like the team from New Hampshire when they were up 5-0 and ended up losing on a walk-off hit to the team from Rhode Island who managed to come back and score 6 unanswered runs to advance to the New England Regional Championship. You can also not help but jump for joy when you see the pure elation on the faces of the winning team.

ESPN has been airing the regional coverage of the LLWS consistently since 2001, and I am very grateful for randomly flipping by it and stopping in the summer of 2007.

A native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever.

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