Here are the finalists [i.e. second place] in the 16 and under World Series held in Colorado a week or so ago. Not bad for a bunch of kids from my old high school outside Chicago, who played against all star teams from all over the country. Okay they also picked up four players from other schools, after the varsity coach took three of theirs for his summer team. That will happen when two varsity kids get kicked off the team for buying booze with a fake i.d.
Anywho, they lost the championship 2-0 to a great team from Texas with a fantastic pitcher. Not that I'm biased, but since the manager doesn't read my journal, I can feel free to say that I KNOW if he'd done a better job of coaching, they could have won. Seriously. I've watched them come back on their own from six and seven runs down in late innings. A little small ball. Some bunts. Some steals. They coulda woulda shoulda won.
Next life I'm coming back as Billy Martin.