This time of year most kids are trudging back to school, reluctantly returning to once again counting down the days until vacation. Baseball season is long over and the biggest drama they’re facing is upcoming homework, projects and book reports. But one lucky group of kids gets to hold onto summer holiday a bit longer than the rest. Those kids have dedicated the summer, and probably much of their young lives, to the dream of playing baseball on the biggest stage. Each won their respective city, state, and regional qualifying tournaments and earned the right to represent their hometown in the Little League World Series.
Wide eyed and full of ambition, every last week of August youngsters from around the globe descend upon South Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the only youth sporting spectacle that still captures the imagination of grown men. At that age every kid with a hat and glove thinks he can make it to the big leagues and they play with that spirit every pitch. We know the action we’re watching might not be Major League-sized, but the heart and excitement sure is.