Sunday, August 22, 2010

Little League World Series

[EDIT] I'm trying a new way to post multi day events I'm going to edit this post everyday instead of creating a new one. So don't be thrown off by the date for the post--this will have the most current photos. Let me know what you think of the new format.

I haven't been blogging much lately because I've been so busy. Part of that time has been spent getting ready for the Little League World Series. Every year the world comes to Williamsport and we get to share our home with the visitors.

This year I have been fortunate to acquire media credentials which allow access to many areas of the complex not seen by most fans; including the photo wells. So, my coverage this year is a little different than in previous years. There will be many more game photos. Since I am not a sports photographer I spent many a night at Bowman Field home of the Williamsport Crosscutters a class A SS affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies to hone my timing. I also immersed myself in photos of baseball games.

Here are a series from the Grand Slam parade:
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Grand Slam Parade 2010

On Opening Day we got a tour of the International Grove where the players stay:
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Here are some from Day One:
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Day Two:
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This bunt resulted in a triple for this young man and two runs scored for the team:
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Day 3:
Pin Trading
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More action:
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The Japanese team bows before every inning:
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Day 4:
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You need to hear the Taiwan fans to believe how much noise a small group can make:
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Every player on the Mexican team kisses the soil around home plate before every game:
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The filter on the front of an ESPN camera was broken by a pitch:
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The Caribbean-Mexico game did have some action before the rain delay:
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The day could be summed up in one word: RAIN!
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DAY 5

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Day 6

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Day 7

Two Southwest players rub the head of the statue of Howard J Lamade for luck (it worked).

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Day 8--Normally the Friday before Championship weekend is a day off for everyone. However, this year Pool A needed to play an "if necessary" elimination game.

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Southeast fans console one another outside Lamade stadium

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The city of WIlliamsport planned a Block Party for the evening; and what a party it was. I've never seen the attendance and enthusiasm so high at any other event the city has planned. I commend everyone who had a hand in planning and executing the event.

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Day 9:
I don't know what to call this but I found it interesting.
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The hill overlooking Lamade Stadium was packed:
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Day 10 The World Championship
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This umpire called strikes while looking directly into the photo well.
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The West's only run
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