Little Big League
Congrats to the team from Georgia for winning the Little League World Series. I spent most of the afternoon watching the game in the Mariners clubhouse while waiting around for a few players. The kid who hit the game-winning home run has a story to tell for the rest of his life. He now believes the sky is the limit and that’s a great thing. Watching the LLWS always takes me back to 2001 when I covered the event for MLB.com. Our headquarters are in New York and apparently, the Bronx team and their star pitcher were the talk of the town. The next thing I know, I’m yanked off the Rangers beat for a few days to cover the event and get to know these kids. Great experience and a good time. The first time I met Bronx star pitcher Danny Almonte (the kid who claimed to be 12 but was really 14), I went up to him, introduced myself and told him I was in town to talk to him about his experience. Without skipping a beat, he looked at me, grabbed my LLWS program out of my hand, signed it and gave it right back. He then went on to sign about 25 autographs before heading to lunch with his team. It was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. And once the real story of Almonte came out, I kicked myself for not keeping that kid’s autograph. A good friend of mine, Joseeeeeee Martinez was also there covering the Bronx beat for the New York Daily News. He now writes about some of the wackiest things going on in court I’ve ever heard. Heeeeeeeeey.
On a completey different note, Jeff Bagwell is one of my all-time favorite players and I’m happy to see the Astros show him some love by retiring his number. But the shirt he wore the day of the ceremony? C’mon Jeff. C’mon. You just started a trend in Houston that I don’t think I’m gonna like.