Friday, March 28, 2008

Little League 2008 -- Let's Get the Party Started!

We are knee-deep in baseball, and mud and even some snow in the metro Portland area today. And yet baseball and softball practices are taking place all around us!

Hello, and welcome to the 2008 version of the Little League Mom. Sadly, my son's LL days are behind us, but not for several of my favorite kids from the neighborhood and from his former teams. So, I plan on plugging away with this blog until I no longer find my car drifting to a ballfield to watch a game of baseball or softball... And I can't see that happening for a while :)

Just a quick recap: I am not affiliated with Little League International. I am happy to report on games I watch, as well as teams and tournaments I hear or read about. I have fun and cheer for both teams. I appreciate your feedback!

Our LL story is a simple one -- the blog was set up to let our out-of-town friends and relatives know about our son's games, and it evolved from there. Readers discovered our struggles during regular season and All-Starts. I shared our local 9-10 All-Stars' run to the State Championship a couple of years ago -- those kids are all 12 years old now. Will they make a run to Williamsport this summer?

I grew up playing Little League Softball at Alpenrose where the LL Softball World Series currently takes place. It is an amazing facility devoted to the pastimes of local children. And yes, it is a working Dairy, but no, the cows are no longer there. But ESPN is there every summer, and girls from all over the world fly in for this simple reason: to play Little League softball.

Hope you are getting some practices and games in where ever you are! Thanks for reading and stay tuned -- the Little League season starts next week around here. Oh yeah, the big boys start next week, too!


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