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The road to Williamsport

July 9, 2008 - Jeff Fishbein
Just a few highlights — and one lowlight — from this year's Little League all-star play ...

• It's great to see two local teams — one from Big Valley, one from Mifflin County — playing for district titles. Juniata may get a team there as well, if the 9-10 kids can play back to the championship round. It's a shame that two of the five Juniata teams had to withdraw from play in their division.

• Win or lose, I've yet to see one unhappy kid in a dugout. That's what Little League really is all about — having a good time in a healthy environment.

• It was nice to see some old friends, and make a couple new ones. In the former category, the list is topped by Jerry Fisher, voice of the Penn State women's basketball team and a Little League umpire. His father Fran worked with my dad before we were born; Jerry and I spent time together at WRSC in State College in the 1980s.

• The only bad part of the season has been dealing with District 13, where Juniata plays. The district administrator never replied to my attempts at contact, and we got brackets courtesy of Standard-Journal, the Milton-Lewisburg newspaper. And media photographers were forced to work in areas that made it difficult if not impossible to shoot pictures at some of the fields, a decision the umpires said was not theirs but they were told to enforce. It's the kids who suffer when adults make decisions like that.

This blog entry is meant for educational purposes only.


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