Japan Wins Little League World Series, Plays Demo Game Against U.S.
August 27, 2007

On its way to winning the LLWS World Series, Japan beat Canada, Transatlantic (Arabian-American), Asia Pacific, and Curacao international teams.

Then they graciously agreed to play a demonstration game with the United States team, which had refused to play international teams, thus forfeiting its chance to be considered World Champions.

Bravo to Japan!

Perhaps in the future the United States will deign to play in a true international series round robin to earn a place in the final, rather than simply being automatically awarded a slot in the final.

It’s just like old Ben Franklin said. “You can’t be a world champion if you don’t play the world.”

Old Ben ran a small sports bar and tobacco store down the corner. He is missed.