The Little League World Series has started in Williamsport, PA. The West will be representated by East Lake – Chula Vista, a California team. Gotta cheer for the home state!
Here is the current schedule of games.
Little League has a special place in my heart. I was 3 when my brother started playing in 1966. He went from the Minors to the Super Seniors. So for the next 10-12 years, Little League was our life, two games a week from Opening Day in April to the end of district tournaments in July. I knew those hard, wooden bleachers very well. And, no one yelled louder for my brother’s team than me.
My Dad began volunteering in 1966 as a coach. He continued to volunteer long after his kids stopped playing. He had a tournament named after him in the 1980s and a field dedicated to him in 2003. He was their most dedicated volunteer and when some of the younger parents were “too tired” to go work the mound or chalk lines, my Dad was out there alone getting the fields ready into his 80s. He stopped at 83 when emphysema made the physical labor difficult. (He died in 2010.)
I’ve got baseball in my genes. I continue to watch the Little League World Series on TV. It’s my special tribute to my Dad. And, I enjoy it. These kids have so much heart. And, some of them are very talented. Having seen my brother play in the tournaments and championships several seasons in a row, I know that it is no easy feat to get beyond the District level.
So…Go Chula Vista! Have fun and play a good game!