Dan Patrick and his staff at the Dan Patrick Show were discussing “appropriate coverage” of the Little League World Series this morning. Their discussion and the performance of the Logan County Little League made me wonder if there might be a valid point to overexposing 12-year-olds at the World Series. The Logan County team lost each of its three games and suffered the “10-Run Rule” in two of them. At what point does exposing 12-year-old children in that situation to a national television audience become too much?
Personally, I think the coverage is good for the most part. ESPN played up the Logan County small population a lot and highlighted the differences between the Kentucky champions and their opponents in each game. While, at times, this seemed over the top it did help place their blowout losses in proper context. My only complaint occured when ESPN chose to show some players on the Logan County team and other teams at moments of “emotional instability.” A 12-year-old kid can cry when he loses a big game; showing that on national television is a little over the top.
I also could do without some of the conversations on the mound between coach and athlete. No one can believe that the presence of the microphones doesn’t alter the content of those conversations, so why include them at all?
What is your take? Check out the first hour of the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to hear the discussion.
The Logan County Little League’s run in the Little League World Series ended today with a 12-3 loss to the New England champions from Peabody, Mass. The Russellville team lost each of its three games at the World Series and fell victim to the “10-Run Rule” twice. Logan County did score in today’s game to avoid being shutout of the tournament, and completed all six innings.
As ESPN highlighted numerous times, the Logan County team’s achievement of just making the World Series against teams with much larger populations to draw from was noteworthy. Playing in front of crowds bigger than their home towns, the Logan County Little Leaguers represented themselves and the state well.
The Little League World series hasn’t been very kind to the Little League team from Logan County. The Russellville, Ky., team lost by way of the “10-run Rule” for the second consecutive game to start their World Series play. Russellville lost its first two games in the Great Lakes regional before rallying to win the region buy will not be as lucky this time around. By losing two games in round robin play, the Great Lakes champions have been eliminated from quarterfinal contention.
Logan County lost 12-0 to the Southwest champions from San Antonio Saturday and has been outscored 27-0 in two games. The Logan Countians have three hits in two games and will try and pick up a win in their final game Tuesday against the New England champions from Massachusetts at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The Logan County Little League team fell victim to the powerful team from California in their first round of the round robin portion of the Little League World Series. Logan County will play the team from San Antonio, Tex., at 2 p.m. on ABC Sunday.
The Logan County All-Stars, winners of the Great Lakes region, kick off their run at the Little League World Series starting Saturday against the winners of the West region from Chula Vista, Calif., on ESPN 2 at 8 p.m. Logan County is playing in Pool B with the winners of the West, New England and Southwest regions. The top two teams from each pool move on to the quarter finals. The quarter finals winners will match up in the United States and World finals before the winners of those two games meet in the Little League World Series Final on Aug. 30.
With the Little League action scheduled to kick off Saturday here are some links to get you prepared for Logan County baseball action.