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.

Little League World Series Is Rigged
August 11, 2007

Hypocrisy, thy name is Baseball. And thy handmaiden is the United States.

Since I was a small, intellectually obnoxious child I have questioned why the World Series of professional baseball had nothing to do with the world. A bunch of American teams, joined by a couple of Canadian foot stools, play some games in increasingly cold weather, and the winner crows “We’re the world champions” despite having played no one from outside the United States.

Of course nobody listens to that rant. They’d rather live the delusion.

And visit it on their kids.

The Little League World Series plays out in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Sixteen teams take part, eight from the United States, eight from eight other regions, culled from regional competitions. Note that one of those regions, the Trans-Atlantic, consists primarily of Americans – armed forces children and such.

So, pretty much nine American teams, and seven teams from the rest of the world meet in Pennsylvania. There the eight U.S. teams play each other to determine a U.S. champion, and the eight international teams play to determine an international champion.

See where I’m going with this?

The U.S. is guaranteed a spot in the final of the LLWS without ever having had to play a foreign team. The U.S. Champion plays the International Champion in the finals.

In a genuine World Series, the U.S. would be just one team in an international mix and would have to play a round robin, either via pools or directly, and could be eliminated well before the final.

Kind of, sort of, just like the Soccer World Cup, which is a real world competition, not like the phony baseball World Series the pros and the Little League kids play.

The real Little League World Series is played in the International League round robin.

The United States, as usual, chooses to rig the game and refuses to play by fair rules. Thus, the LLWS is a complete sham.

Sorry, kids. Your adults have handed you a lie. They might just as well have fed you steroids and patted you on the back for getting a strong start towards becoming All-American hypocrites.  

It’s not the kids’ fault, of course. The adults rig the rules. But I wonder if the kids have ever considered those rules and their implications.

It would make my heart glad to see Little Leaguers go on strike for fair play.

Yowsah!