I’m in. Count me in. I’ve never been more in on any unknown sporting thing since the Chapman guy collected his Smarty Jones checks.
I’ve watched all 12 innings of Taney’s two Little League World Series games and I’ve already become a bigger fan of those players than I have of every. single. Phillie. The last time I watched a baseball game and thought I need to celebrate that
guy person by wearing their surname and chosen number on or around my back area was sometime in 2011– Cliff Lee’s first year back with the Phils. But that all changed last night. I want a Jared Sprague-Lott jersey and a poster with nothing but the words ZION SPEARMAN on it. I found myself yelling out loud to no one in particular and my concerned wife things like, “Sprague-Lott is goddamned ballplayer. Throw it by ’em, Jared SL. Throw it by ’em!” and “She plays shortstop, too?! And first?!?! She has three different positional skill sets!” and “Zion Spearman, you ball-murdering beast! Let the big dog eat!” If his name doesn’t instill fear in crying 12-year-old pitchers, I don’t know what would. Here comes big Zion Spearman to hit a game-tying, two-out, ground ball triple and make you cry on national TV. No but for real, he hit a ground ball so hard it rolled to the fence and the runner scored from first:
And then this. Are you kidding me?
That’s some 2007-2008 Phillies-Mets shit right there. A leadoff bunt (never listen to me), the ground ball triple, and a throwing error to win it? I was waiting for a reaction shot of Willie Randolph in the Texas dugout after that.
And now they got Mo’Ne on the mound, against this MAN CHILD, with a trip to the US Championship on the line on Wednesday? Easily the most intrigue and most excited I’ve been for a sporting event since the Eagles-Cowboys Week 17 game.
Let’s hit it!
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Quote of the century:
Just the perfect amount of cocky confidence. [Anyone else noticed that most of the Taney players, who play in the literal shadows of CBP, list non-Phillies as their favorite players? Maybe this should tell you something, Mr. Montgomery.]
Here’s the reaction to the win at La Costa, posted by, who else, Jeff Carter’s wife:
Just a sampling of the love:
The Daily News:
Kids deserve a little more than “Mo’Ne’s teammates.”
Mo’Ne’s mom tells FOX she travels with a bodyguard and wears disguises around the LLWS complex. I’m assuming the recent NCAA court cases mean she won’t have to worry about the impending huge endorsement deals impacting her eligibility as the UCONN point guard in five years? Because she told ESPN she wants to be the UCONN point guard, and I think she should be allowed to get rich before doing so.
And this is brilliant:
Here’s Tim Legler gettin’ down at SHENANIGANS:
No surprise. Dude has ruled The Princeton for years.
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Going on now, Springfield Country Club.