Umpire meeting was held at 9:00 am for schedule distribution for Saturday's Championship games. No schedule yet for the Final Championship or Consolation game on Sunday. That will probably be available late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Friday is a "day off" for everybody. Although I'm attending an World Series Umpire Alumni luncheon at 1:00. Then a West Region Dinner at 5:30.
Saturday morning I plan to participate in the Challenger Division Exhibition Game. The Challenger Division was established in 1989, as a separate division of Little League that enables boys and girls with physical and development challenges to enjoy the game of baseball. It might be televised on Comcast. Not sure. It will be carried live on the internet worldwide at www.ESPN3.com Game time is Saturday, 10:30 am EST. If you watch it, have a box of Kleenex close by, as you will be touched by this event.
I'm very excited and honored as I received the plate assignment for the International Championship game, and I have an excellent crew working with me.
Saturday 12:30 pm EST (9:30 am your time)
International Championship game (televised on ABC or ESPN 3D)
Japan vs Latin America (Panama)
Plate Dan Campagnolo (California)
1st Bruce Dinkel (New Mexico)
2nd Torben Begines (Idaho)
3rd Tony Cooper (California)
LF Robbie Guest (Georgia)
RF Juan Garza (Texas)
And don't forget to watch this one also....
Saturday 3:30 pm EST (12:30 pm your time)
U.S. Championship game (televised on ABC or ESPN 3D)
Southeast (Tennessee) vs West (Petaluma, CA)
Plate Jose Chaparro (Puerto Rico)
1st Darrin Besescheck (Connecticut)
2nd Jesse Howard (Iowa)
3rd George Luff II (Delaware)
LF Terry Stansberry (Texas)
RF John Mitchell (Canada)
Here are some photos from yesterday......
|Typical crowd at a game yesterday, about 15,000.|
|Here I am at the plate meeting shaking hands with the coach from Mexico.|
|CA 12 District Administrator Jenice Condie "mooshing" with her friends before a game.|
|Me "mooshing" with World Series Umpires from previous years.|
|Here I am with my buddies umpire extraordinaries John and Howard.|
|In the late evening we are invited to a Hospitality Room sponsored by the Little League World Series Umpire Association for some snacks and a keg of "soda pop."|