Little League Baseball Represents What Bonds Used To Be
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Barry Bonds did indeed finally pass Hank Aaron Tuesday night for the home run record, meaning no major league ballplayer has ever hit as many home runs as Bonds, but the bigger story of our national pastime is taking place on little league diamonds across the nation.
Little League baseball is where it all began for almost every player that currently play in the major leagues. No matter what race or religion, or what country a player hails from, chances are, when they were wide eyed little boys, they were on a little league baseball team.
That is what makes the months of July and August so appealing to fans everywhere, regardless of age. See in these two months, little league baseball holds tournaments all over the world. It starts with a teams local area, where the best players are picked from competing teams and placed together to form one all star team.
Those teams then battle their way out of local tournaments into state tournaments, and eventually regional tournaments, looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow which is more affectionately known as the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Where the United States stands in all these tournaments is the regional tournaments, and that is where ESPN gets involved. The regional tourney finals are televised on ESPN and the winners get the glory of heading off and chasing their dreams in Williamsport. Once there, all games will be shown on ESPN and ABC.
For anyone wanting to take a break from the controversy that is Barry Bonds, or their stressful life in general, feel free to cozy up to the television and watch these little leaguers leave their hearts on the field for every pitch of every game.
Take time to enjoy the game that you love, the way its supposed to be played, and enjoy the youthful exuberance of these 11 and 12 year olds as they fight for something they do not even know the importance of.
Watch these games and remember back to all the hopes and dreams you had when you were on that baseball diamond at that age. Whether those dreams ever materialized only you will know.
Surely, somewhere, Barry Bonds will find time to watch one of these games in the privacy of his own home, and as he recalls all the youthful dreams he possessed, he might just begin to wonder where it all went wrong.