Is this incredible or what? Not only did the Waipio team win the U.S. championships this year, but they won two years ago in 2008 as well. Is it the coaching? Is it the year round practice time that they can have here in the islands? Maybe it's all the good island food.
I am not a real sports fan. It's true. I admit it. I'm a fair weather fan. I was all for the Bulls, the Bears and the Cubs when they were winning. Otherwise, I don't know what's going on.
Art, on the other hand loves it ALL. And our kids must have gotten that sports gene from him because they love it, too.
I did however, love baseball when my son, Jon was playing Little League. I have one fun memory of him during one of his games. He was stealing home from 3rd base when the pitcher threw the ball to the catcher to tag Jon. The catcher was crouched down preparing to tag Jon as he slid to home plate. Jon, however actually jumped over the catcher to make it home safely. There was a frantic check of the rule books by all the coaches, and Jon was declared safe. I remember how happy we all were.
I'm just imagining how euphoric all those Hawaii Little League parents out there in Pennsylvania are.
I wish I were there, too.
And here's one of my favorite songs by Peter, Paul and Mary. It's called Right Field. I know I've posted this before, but I love hearing it again. It brings back such happy Little League memories.
POSTSCRIPT: U.S. (Waipio) lost to Japan 4-1 on Sunday. It was disappointing. They may not be the World Champs, but these champions will always be #1 to us!