We were lucky enough to see those kids from Uganda play for ourselves back in 2012 . . .it went a little something like this:
Last week Ryan says, "mom, did you hear about the Uganda Little League team?"
"No. . ." I reply
He then told me about how he heard these kids played ball with no shoes and no gloves. This year, Uganda made it to the Little League World Series for the first time, becoming the first team from Africa to ever play in the World Series.
Needless to say, we Googled it. If you are looking for some heart-warming stories about the great American sport. . .you and your kids should Google it too.
My kid . . . is a true blue baseball fan. He loves the game. He loves to play it, he loves to watch it, he even loves to listen to it on the radio with Pop-Pop when he's camping.
Thanks to our own Little League Coach, I found out that the Uganda Little League Team was playing against a Plymouth Meeting team today. Being the good mom that I am, I took him to see what it was all about. He had high hopes of getting autographs form some of the Uganda players.
Imagine our surprise when we arrived and learned that Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz form the Philadelphia Phillies were hanging around. I settled our chairs in a hot and sunny spot in the outfield - great view, if a little HOT.
The teams played three innings of Uganda vs. Plymouth Mtg, then took a break while the three Phillies players met all the players as well as signed autographs for some delighted fans.
I moved our seats to the shade off to the side, and told Ryan to go have fun - watch, try to score an autograph, etc. He soon ran back with a new Carlos Ruiz signature on his Phillies hat.
Shortly thereafter, he ran back for the Sharpie because he found out the Uganda players were signing autographs. He was THRILLED to score the autographs of three players AND the Coach.
We still have a few days left of our summer vacation. . .wonder what else we can squeeze in.
catch you soon -