Little League World Series: The Perfect Platform or Too Much Pressure?Danielle Smith
My small dude might have been born with a baseball in his hand. He’s been able to hit a pitched ball since he was three. He sleeps with his glove on his hand. Did I mention he is five? Baseball trumps just about everything in our family. At least for the men on my husband’s side. So, it is with equal parts awe and terror that I watch the brouhaha surrounding the Little League World Series.
The first Little League game was played on June 6, 1939. The Little League World Series is in its 65th year. Its magic… its history is legendary. Each year it is watched by thousands, both in person and live on television. The Series begins soon, on August 18th. More than 450 teams compete.
These are 11 and 12 year olds. Their every move will be showcased on ESPN. Is this the perfect platform to allow them to play college ball – or maybe chase that Major League dream? Or is the close-up on teary-eyed pitcher who gave up the game-winning homerun just too much?