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Category Archives: Little White Ball (Baseball)

The toughest (and most fun) job in Little League

Picture this: It’s a hot September afternoon in southern California. Field temperature is probably around 90°F (32° C). You strap on a pair of shin guards, put on a metal face mask, and slip your left arm into a protective pad, just as the Spartan warriors held their shields. You grip a plastic device with …

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Lessons learned

When my son decided to return to Little League, he asked, “Dad, you’re not going to obsess about baseball again, are you?” I promised that I wouldn’t. This is because in the time my son was away from baseball, I had the chance to reassess my feelings about children and sports.

If you hate Barry…

This is a message to all you kids. If you hate Barry Bonds – and most of us outside of San Francisco do – there is something you can do to combat his plundering of Hank Aaron’s home run record: Learn to hit home runs. It seems inevitable that Barry will hit his 756th. The …

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Just keep pitching

It’s one of those moments that can be painful for a parent to watch. My son was called up to pitch a Winterball game. He had pitched a third of an inning a couple of weeks ago and struck out the batter he faced. But today, the pitches just weren’t finding the strike zone. He …

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