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My Yearly Addiction (The Little League World Series) Is Back

I gotta be honest with all of you – I’m absolutely obsessed with the Little League World Series.

I watch the LLWS with such purpose it’s not even funny. Like just the other night I streamed a regional semifinal game on WatchESPN because my roommates insisted on watching normal adult things on tv and I simply couldn’t stand to miss a single pitch.

With that said, you better believe I’m going to be breaking down some of the action when the actual World Series starts on August 16th, but for now I want to share with you some of my favorite parts about the LLWS.

  1. Tears

This is easily the best part. And look, call me a monster if you’d like. Say I’m insensitive. Do what you will. But nothing is better than 11-13 year olds getting their still-beating hearts ripped out of their chest on national television. Do I feel bad for them? Of course I do. But do I point and laugh and make jokes about them as well? You bet.

  1. The pudgy kids running the bases

Truth be told I was a pudgy lil fella myself so this one hits close to home. But funny is funny, and seeing all the Bobby’s from King of The Hill out there trying to leg out a double makes me laugh 100 out of 100 times. Also, im FIRMLY against the special pinch runner rule that they have these days, which allows teams to pinch run for the fat kids without taking them out of the game in the field or at the plate. Let the big men run! They could use the exercise.

  1. The international parents

The parents of the teams from around the world are absolutely dynamic. There is no other way to describe it. They got the chants, the songs, the garb, the accessories – they honestly have it all. And there is just something about a group of non-English speaking adults screaming things at children in a small town in Pennsylvania that always makes me giggle.

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  1. Cardboard sliding on the hill

You gotta love it. Every year there are like 12 video segments about the cardboard sledding that goes on in the outfield. I’m working on getting out there to participate but I also would like to not be arrested and doing some box sledding with elementary school kids feels a bit on the creepy side.

  1. Steroid kid

There is always the one kid who is either 19 years old, or is currently taking D-Bol. Typically they have a full beard, horrid acne, stand about 6 foot 3 inches tall, and strike out every at bat except for the one home run they hit that goes roughly 1,000 miles.

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Stay tuned for some more little league action in the next weeks courtesy of me, the premier little league blogger that lives in my apartment.

 

Rob Jones (@RobDark_13)

 

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