Every few years, a minor sport enters the Philadelphia’s public consciousness and becomes An Event. It happened about 10 years ago, when Smarty Jones almost won the triple crown. Then it happened again with two other good horses, Afleet Alex and Barbaro (R.I.P.). And, now: Little league! Yes, the whole city is excited about children playing baseball.
It’s tempting to get cynical about this — after all, baseball can be pretty boring even when adults are playing it, plus it’s the Little League World Series Presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. But resist! The Taney Dragons are awesome. Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis has “gained international prominence,” says the Inquirer, and the team also has a slugger (Zion Spearman) who hit a ball several hundred feet in the regional semifinal. This team’s great!
If you’re in town today, pop over to the pep rally at City Hall at 2 p.m.
— City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov) August 13, 2014
Today’s game — against a team from Nashville, Tennessee — will then be shown on a big screen in the courtyard. If you’re watching at home, it’s on ESPN.