Touching day for local umpire at Little League World Series |

Touching day for local umpire at Little League World Series

First the schedule: Three games today. I am at first on the 6 p.m. game Asian Pacific vs Latin America. This is a potential elimination game for LA.

I have attached a couple of pics for your enjoyment. The first is me showing the moves with Dugout, what the kids look like sliding down the hill after a rain storm and my favorite showing a Saudi player just after his team was eliminated from the tournament picking up some memorabilia.

Do you folks remember the crash of Flight 800 – the one the exploded near New York? There were 21 students and chaparone’s from Mountersville, east of Williamsport on that flight. The town pulled together after a cloud showed up four days later in the shape of an Angel.

With that event they organized and bought two run-down homes adjacent to the high school and built a memorial in their honor. I was told that after the LIttle League complex it was one of the must-see-to-appreciate places to visit. Touching.

And one last item for the day – Volunteer Stadium has become the stadium we call the Jinx Stadium. The other night the Canadian Umpire caught a ball off his chest protector into his throat/jaw that put him down in the driving rain storm. He could not umpire yesterday but will try today with a foul line.

Then yesterday the umpire from Michigan goes down with a ball that hits the one weak spot in his chest protector. He was able to get up and finish the game and is OK today but has bruises for his take-home memories. And finally the Canadian catcher somehow gets slammed in his face by his facemask and he gets layed out on the field.

The Mexican coach showed great sportsmanship by not sending his runner from third on the play and in fact ran down to see what he could do to help. Great stuff.

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