Hillary Chybinski: Squeezing the Last Bit of Summer Out with Some Little League World Series

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Squeezing the Last Bit of Summer Out with Some Little League World Series

It's that time of year again when all eyes are on Pennsylvania. No - not the 4th of July - the Little League World Series! That's right - the best youth baseball players form around the world all meet up in PA to play some great baseball! In the last few years, these games have made history - think Mo'ne and that amazing team from Uganda!

Great Baseball from great kids at the Little League World Series

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.

Little League World Series

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.

Ugansa Little League Team

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.

Uganda Little League Team meets the Philadelphia Phillies

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.

Uganda Little League Team hangs out with Ryan Howard

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.

Carlos Ruiz Autograph

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.

History in the making, a fun day and some amazing baseball witht he Uganda Little League Team

We still have a few days left of our summer vacation. . .wonder what else we can squeeze in.

catch you soon -


  1. Love, love, love this. So sweet. If we were here we would have gone with you.

    By the way, if you haven't already seen it, your kids would love The Perfect Game. It's a true story about a Little League Team from Mexico. It is terrific.

    1. oh totally need to see that - thanks for the recommendation! It was one of those mom-win moments . . . you know what I mean? Where you do something you really don't want to do - and your kid enjoys it SO much you feel like a million bucks?? That!!


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  4. (trying again to see if I can get it to not link to an old non existent profile)---- what a fabulous and spontaneous event! Talk about fond memories for your son!

    1. LOL - seems to have worked that time - I know. . .I know. . .Blogger. . .LOL

      It was fun - love how happy he was!

  5. NEXT time... tell me about an opp like this!!! How amazing! What a fabulous experience for you all. I'm seriously tearing up.

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