Jackie Robinson West Little League came within one game of winning the 2014 Little League World Series. But the kids made it to the championship game because they were the United States World Series champs. That’s a huge accomplishment on its own, and yesterday their hometown of Chicago celebrated the team with an epic parade.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- In the giddy moments after South Korea won the Little League World Series, outfielder Don Wan Sin realized how he wanted to celebrate.
"I want to go to the Blue House -- the White House of Korea -- and meet the President," Sin said, breaking up his teammates.
Just maybe Sin, who scored twice and hit a solo homer, will indeed get his wish to meet Park Geun-hye.
He's famous back in his homeland -- along with all of his teammates.
Jae Yeong Hwang drove in two runs and combined with Hae Chan Choi, who weathered a late Chicago rally, to lead the Asia-Pacific Region champions to an 8-4 win in Sunday's LLWS championship game.
Mike Trout has hit his fair share of home runs in his young career, but there is one that still remains special: His first. Trout hit his first dinger three years ago in Baltimore. It sailed far past the leftfield wall of Camden Yards, but somehow it found the webbing of a glove anyway.
It was the glove of Zack Hample, who had run across empty seats and leapt into the row behind him to make what seemed like an improbable catch. But there was no luck involved.
Hample has caught 7,600 balls in what you might call his “career” as a ballhawker. It’s a number that he makes sure to update every time he attends a game because he often comes home with five or 10 baseballs. He has written three books, one of which contains information on how to snag a homerun ball. His impressive collection can put any array of priceless baseball cards to shame.
Put another way: It might be a good idea to seek Hample out if you’re looking to snag a home run. He’s a walking magnet for baseballs.
Baseball magnet Zack Hample breaks down his method for being in the right place at the right time to snag a homerun ball.
I would say the two biggest things are bring a baseball glove and show up early for batting practice. That right there instantly puts you ahead of 99 percent of fans.
Ryan Howard has been a fixture in the Phillies lineup since getting called up in 2004. But before he was a star in Philadelphia, he made his name playing Little League ball. So of course he had to get in on the Little League World Series action!
Howard has stopped in to Williamsport a few times since going pro. And he did it again today, surprising the young ballplayers as part of Subway’s Throwback Thursday #TBT campaign to benefit Little League Baseball’s Challenger teams. (Howard is a Subway Famous Fan.)
SI Kids spoke to Howard from Williamsport about his days playing Little League baseball, the current LLWS, and a certain pitcher from Philadelphia making a name for herself in the tournament.
Graphic designers have a lot of fun mashing up sports logos with things like the Simpsons and Star Wars and even other sports. But we rarely see one sport's jerseys get mixed up with another, which makes this set of Major League Baseball hockey sweaters really stand out.
Designer David Parkinson submitted a set of concept images of what MLB teams would wear if they met up for a hockey game. The first batch ran on the Icethetics website over the weekend (if you've never visited Icethetics, it's a great site and well worth your time) and feature the 15 teams in the American League. The Red Sox sweater at the top of the page is pretty cool, as are these:
Last night, the Cumberland Americans from Rhode Island were bounced from the Little League World Series by the team from Chicago, 8-7. And of course, the kids on the team took the loss pretty hard. But when the game was over, Americans coach David Belisle gathered his team together and delivered one of the all-time great inspirational speeches: