1993 Little League Draft
Posted: September 23, 2016
A recent editorial in the Leader Telegram about officiating sports reminded me of a story that I would like to share with this audience about Little League. I won a coin flip to make the first selection in the 1993 Little League draft. I selected John Bebeau with that first selection. He was, and probably still is, a great athlete. He would play shortstop and run to short right field to snare a pop-up. He also played catcher and he pitched for me.
The first five years of assisting Mark McHorney and John Hehli were special. The next three years I was the manager of the ball team, known at the time as the M&I Bank Mustangs. We ended up winning the championship of the Little League in 1998. We won, I believe, 12-3. People jumped on me, the manager, after the game and I was drenched in freezing cold water. The temperature was only about 40 degrees at game time, making it seem more like October weather. And you know what? I loved every minute of it.
John Bebeau was the starting pitcher that night. He pitched a heck of a game. In fact, he also went 3 for 4 hitting that night as well. Other players on the team included Matt Huggins, Mikey Hehli and Andrew Lorenz. They all contributed, both hitting and as fielders. But the memory I hold most dear is that a player who I unfortunately cannot remember hit his first hit of the season in the championship game that day. It was a spinning liner into right field that helped him get a triple. That was priceless.
RANDOM THOUGHT #1: I watched the Sunday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night and wanted to comment on the game by the announcers. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are both professionals. The opening of the game was rewarding when Carrie Underwood started the show. The national anthem before Sunday night's game sung by Jordin Sparks was very well done.
At least I don't have to listen to former Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman bad-mouth the Packers. (By the way, I my heart is still with the Chicago Bears, and has been since I've been a cheesehead since the Brett Favre days as quarterback).
RANDOM THOUGHT #2: Thursday morning was the autumnal equinox. It's nice to have the fall season, my favorite time of year.
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