|View of the stands during opening ceremony.|
Opening day. They had a very well organized opening day ceremony. All the teams lined up on the field. 16 teams from all over the world in different color uniforms. Very colorful, very exciting.
|Players lining up in the tunnel under the stands ready to line up in the ceremony.|
|Little League pledge spoken in many languages.|
|Wade Boggs throws out the first pitch.|
Opening game. I'm at the plate working with a six man crew. Japan vs Caribbean. 7,300 people in the stands. Japan wins 7-0, but that score doesn't tell the whole story. Both teams played very well. The pitching was excellent. They were throwing fastballs, curves, sliders, and change ups. The Japanese pitcher was throwing 75-78 mph which converts (on the small field / big field conversion table) to about 105 mph reaction time. I'm glad that team had a good catcher !
|Plate meeting with the Manager, Coach and interpreter.|
|This shot was taken off Michael T's. TV, Bottom caption (Braves vs Padres ) is not part of my game.|
This view shows my best side....you agree?
My crew did a great job. Let me tell you......Words can't describe the feeling I had as the plate guy for the opening game at the Little League World Series. After the first pitch (strike, of course), all the nervousness went away and I was able to get down to business and have a lot of fun. This Series is so well organized, I can hardly believe it. I am still pinching myself !
|Saw this on a bill board sign on the way back to the hotel. That was my game !|