Picture This: Little Leaguers Want Their Pants

Most everyone who has ever played a sport — even those of us who never played at a level beyond, say, high school basketball, football, baseball, soccer — most of us can recall at least one time, before a game, when everything just felt right. Maybe there was something in the air, or there was a look in the eyes of… » 7/02/13 2:52pm 7/02/13 2:52pm

Little League Coach Melts Down; Parent Urges Therapy And Medication

A tipster passed along this email exchange from a recent little league dispute that is just a wonderful example of how stupid and petty and irrational children can be. These kids, especially whichever little tyke wrote the scathing reply, have got some real 50-cent words in their back pockets, too. » 6/23/13 3:36pm 6/23/13 3:36pm

A Little League Raffles Off An Assault Rifle To Raise Money

The Atwood-Hammond Little League in east-central Illinois needs money to replace its crappy old equipment. In past years, the league has tried traditional fundraisers like auctioning off donated gift cards. But those efforts weren't always successful: Last year's hog roast, according to league commissioner Steven… » 3/13/13 3:50pm 3/13/13 3:50pm

"They Represented Canada Well": Sad Things Said Yesterday By Managers…

The Little League World Series is going on, you realized over the weekend, as you scrolled through your digital cable guide. That means ESPN is lying about fastball velocities and kids' dreams are getting crushed. They will never become Chris Drury or Todd fucking Frazier. They'll just sit around, talking 'bout the… » 8/21/12 11:55am 8/21/12 11:55am

Little League Team Advances To World Series On Sketchy Third-Base Appeal

The team from Petaluma, California advanced to the Little League World Series last night after escaping from a sixth-inning rally by their Nanakuli, Hawaii opponents with an appeal to third base that a Hawaiian runner missed the bag. The score was 7-6 Petaluma at the time, with the Northern California team needing… » 8/12/12 10:00am 8/12/12 10:00am

Umpire Cancels Little League Game When Coach Won't Stop Arguing

This video, unfortunately, only shows the last few seconds of a little league coach's tirade against the ump. According to witnesses, it went on for a lot longer than this, and included "belittling [his own team] and swearing while describing the way they played." That's an awful lot of buttmad for a questionable… » 7/26/12 10:45am 7/26/12 10:45am

The Second Time They Met, Jeffrey Maier Didn't Dare Mess With Tony…

When I met Jeffrey Maier, he was Coach Maier and I had no idea who he was. Of course I remembered the boy who stole an out from two feet above Tony Tarasco's glove and turned it into an eight inning, game-tying home run in the '96 ALDS. The Yankees would win the game, and the series, and the championship.… » 7/02/12 3:00pm 7/02/12 3:00pm

Benito Santiago's Niece Strikes Out 19 Boys In Six-Inning Little League…

Another parent calls her the "Michael Jordan" of Syracuse N.Y.'s Southside American Little League. She can fire a fastball more than 60 miles per hour, and she mixes in a cutter, slider, and change-up. She also plays shortstop, and her own batting average is higher than .600. For games, she wears her hair in something… » 6/28/12 4:30pm 6/28/12 4:30pm

This Little League Ump's Strike-Three Call Seems Designed To Hurt…

Yeah, right, no problem guy. All these parents came out to watch you, the umpire, not their own kids. And if little Billy's in tears on his way back to the dugout because you made a spectacle of his strikeout, well, you're just trying to prepare him for the majors, where umps tend to make themselves the center of… » 5/25/12 9:30am 5/25/12 9:30am

Los Angeles Little League Stays Alive With Surprise Donation From Strip…

Jet Strip, which bills itself as "LA's Friendliest Gentlemen's Club," put $1,200 in the Lennox Little League's stirrup socks after the league was hit with a sharp increase in regulations and fees from the local school district that owns the fields it uses. An additional $1,600 in donations from local groups will keep… » 3/13/12 10:10am 3/13/12 10:10am

Does Anybody Know A Nine-Year-Old Power-Hitting Catcher In Raleigh?

I'm not sure why I'm so taken by this Craigslist posting, sent in by a pair of readers, seeking a very specific sort of ballplayer for a Wake County (N.C.) 9U travel team. Maybe it's because all the nine-year-olds we remember from little league swung as hard as they could on every pitch, and because everything hit to… » 1/10/12 11:20am 1/10/12 11:20am