1. Playing for the “Front” of Jersey
The LLWS (Little League World Series) is one of the last times in a baseball player’s career where it seems like it is a team first. The same is true for any sport, but as the kids get older their baseball journey can seem like it is more about the name on the back of their jersey instead of the one on the front. Nearly every single team in the LLWS is a united front which can be surprisingly rare at the higher levels. This is for many reasons such as lack of money or scholarship involvement at this age. Also, keep in mind, that these are usually kids who have grown up together so that has a lot to do with it.
As they get older the competition rises and leads to nuances that could make it tough to achieve that same level of camaraderie. During high school, college, and other professional avenues. Athletes get wrapped up in their next moves and the best way to “make it” either to the next level or even into the big leagues.
2. Watching the Little League World Series Just Makes you Feel Good
Mark my words and this might seem like a bit of a stretch, but after watching the LLWS you will find yourself wanting to be a better person. Why do you ask? It has to do with watching the innocence of the players involved in the game. Watching will have you feeling like you want to give back in some way.
Watching the pure joy on the kid’s faces as they round the bases after a homer, or watching them complete a double play just like they watch their favorite major leaguers do on the regular – you’ll find yourself wanting to get involved in something like that. This doesn’t mean to start coaching youth baseball necessarily, but just putting yourself out there in a positive manner while helping your community goes a long way.
3. All Across the Globe
One thing people might not know about the tournament is that The Little League World Series isn’t only American teams, but it includes teams from all over the world. Just to name a few, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and many others. If you want to see the rest of the teams – click here.
Baseball aside, I always find it interesting to check out what the kids from around the world are into. Sometimes their interests can be very similar, which is cool considering they live across the globe. Also, the differences in things like their celebrations can be amazing to see.
4. Baseball in its Purest Form
Sometimes watching the big leagues can honestly be exhausting. Everything seems so business-like and to take that one step further – it can be extremely frustrating watching players get paid millions while they’re not giving their all. One thing I can guarantee is that you will not find that while watching the Little League World Series. It’s just kids being kids and having fun. For example, take a look at this kid!
At the end of the day, every kid knows what’s on the line – baseball immortality! They all try their hardest at every point. It’s honestly refreshing, to see baseball in its purest form. It’s all for the love of the game! Also, one more thing, the kids know that they are on TV for the first time and they don’t want to disappoint!
So, if you have some free time after August 17th, take a look at some of the games. Most will be televised on ESPN. As for us, we’ll definitely be tuning in!