The Taney Dragons Now Have Their Very Own Week

Did you know it’s Taney Dragons week? That’s right: Because the Taney Dragons run to the Little League World Series happened while legislators were on vacation, only now — when they’ve returned to work in September — are we getting resolutions honoring Philadelphia’s favorite little kid athletes.

State Rep. Brian Sims received unanimous approval for a resolution declaring the week of September 14th to September 20th Taney Dragons Week in the state of Pennsylvania. Do other cities’ baseball teams have to bow in recognition of Taney’s superiority? Let’s hope so.

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WATCH: Is This Taney Dragons Pitcher the Next Justin Bieber?

Philly Redditors came across this YouTube video of Taney Dragons pitcher Erik Lipson singing Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” The kid can belt out a tune, but some commenters took offense to the video, claiming he’s the victim of greedy stage parents:

About a couple weeks ago on this sub, there was a girl asking for help making a highlight video of one of the little leaguer’s for his father to give to talent agencies (it was clearly about Erik, because she pointed out his personality over his playing performance).

Now his parents are pushing this.

Pretty fucked up to watch parents try to force their children into stardom at this age. Those kids already had too much spotlight and pressure put on them during the LLWS. Just let him be a kid.

I haven’t seen any evidence of his parents forcing him to do the video. Maybe he just wants to be the next Justin Bieber, or, as the title of the video reads, “Justin Berber.” There have been several singing videos posted on his YouTube page over the last eight months, which you can find here.

The City Should Throw a Parade for Children at the End of Every August

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Photo | Arthur Etchells

I was writing and doing laundry, and it was hot out anyway. So instead of walking the four and a half blocks from my place to Broad Street to watch the parade Philadelphia was throwing for the Taney Dragons, I watched on TV.

NBC 10 — or, rather, NBC 10 news staffers on COZI-TV, a Comcast-owned station that generally shows decades-old syndicated programming — had almost a dozen people covering Wednesday’s parade for the Taney Dragons. Maybe it was more. There was even helicopter coverage.

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Photos, Video From Taney Dragons Parade

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Today was Taney Dragons Day in Philadelphia, the day the whole city came out to celebrate the Little League team that took us on that wild, wonderful ride over the last few weeks. Mayor Nutter even declared it Taney Dragons Day:

Earlier, we gave you the best social media shots of the parade. Since the parade started right outside our door here at 1818 Market Street, we sent our staff out into the streets to capture the sights and sounds:

Video and photos from the Taney Dragons parade after the jump »

Taney Dragons to Get Parade, National Media Tour

No, the Taney Dragons did not win the Little League World Series. You could hardly tell, though, by the homecoming they’re receiving this week.

The team was welcomed back to town Sunday with a rally at LOVE Park. Mayor Nutter announced the city will sponsor a parade on Wednesday — details to be determined. And the team will appear today on Today, part of what’s being billed as a national media tour.

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