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2014 Little League World Series

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by BitterYoungMatador2, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Kinda' shocked we haven't had a thread on this yet, but the team from Philadelphia (Taney) has developed into a national story with 13-year-old female pitcher Mo'Ne Davis. Their come-from-behind win Sunday night drew a 1.5 TV rating nationally and a 6.5 in Philadelphia. Now, Sports Illisutrated has put Mo'Ne on the cover.

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    It has been awesome.

    Also, this speech by the Rhode Island coach after his team was eliminated has been making the rounds.

  3. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    The 4-foot-8 kid from Mexico who hit a home run was pretty awesome, too.
  4. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Loved seeing that.
  5. Do you think she's really 13?

    The same with the 6-4, 230-pound 13-year-old from Puerto Rico.


    The cynic in me says no.
  6. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    13 years removed from Danny Almonte? Yes. No way they don't have an NSA-like check of at least the kids in the US. You can't do anything about the bullshit some of the other countries do.
  7. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    What benefit would an older girl have to play baseball?
    And the kid from Puerto Rico? He moves like a 13-year old who grew too fast. He's awkward as hell, like my buddy who was 6-foot-3 in the sixth grade. When he finally figures out what his body is capable of? Good god he's going to punish baseballs.
  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    If you've been around any athletic league involving 13-year-olds, you've seen kids who look like grown men already. The 6-4, 230-pounder is big, but no bigger than either pitcher from the California-Michigan game of 2013.

    As for Mo'Ne ... she's 5-4 and 105 pounds. What's remarkable about that?
  9. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

    Throwing 70 mph for a 13-year-old girl is pretty remarkable.
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    I've covered Little League at the regional level for a decade-plus, before ESPN *REALLY* f'd it all up to what it has become. It's great. But the fact there's a Little Leaguer on the cover of SI this week is wrong. Ridicuously wrong.
  11. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Yes and I believe she should be lauded for her abilities. I'm okay with just accepting her legitimacy until given evidence to the contrary rather than doubting her off the bat.

    Although I do not have a daughter, only sons, I love seeing her excel.
  12. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

    Wasn't saying it to doubt her age. Just saying that she is not remarkable size-wise, but her ability is. But there are kids who develop physically quicker and also kids who peak early. Few buddies made the state finals in Little League way back and their best pitcher was 5'11 and threw about 70 mph. In hs, he was 6'2 but barely touched upper 70s and was their No. 3 pitcher. Will be interesting to see if Mo'Ne continues improving and if she sticks with baseball or switches to softball.
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