LADY AT THE BAT: Thoughts On The Uganda Little League World Series Story

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thoughts On The Uganda Little League World Series Story

Leave it to the Little League World Series to take my mind off a Yankees team who dropped their second straight game to White Sox last night. The loss and Ivan Nova's continuing troubles have been easily relegated to the back burner of my mind, because history was made in Williamsport yesterday. As you probably know, the team from Uganda became the first African team to win a game in the Little League World Series.

After another team from Uganda was kept out of last year's Series due to visa problems, it was exciting to see this team make it to America to compete in the tournament. Well, actually, no one expected them to actually "compete." It was an accomplishment just to get here. They got blown out by Panama in the first game 9-3, and they were destroyed by Mexico in the second game 12-0. Their final game was a consolation game against Gresham, OR. I expected another blowout, but they won it. Oregon had runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs in the final inning, but Uganda held on to win it by a score of 3-2.

Five years ago I wrote a post about baseball being played in Ghana and, about a year later, I posted about it being played in other African nations. Now Uganda. Great win yesterday and a great story, but as Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies tweeted yesterday, "Their story is just beginning." I can't wait for the next chapter.

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