The Little League World Series isn’t about winning.
It is about competition, of course, but more importantly, it’s supposed to teach the kids several valuable lessons.
Not only is it one heck of a life experience, it also gives the players a chance to meet other children from all over the globe, and participate in a number of off-field events.
Of the utmost importance? Sportsmanship.
There’s a reason why the kids slap five and say “good game” when the contest is over. There’s a reason why every player on every team gets a chance to play in every game.
The bottom line is that they’re all in it together.
And there’s no better example of that maxim than what happened after Venezuela defeated the Dominican Republic 3-2 on a walk-off triple.
The pitcher who gave up the winning hit, Edward Uceta, was crushed. He collapsed to the mound in tears and you’d think his coaches and teammates would rush to his side.
Well, they did. But others did as well…the coaches and players of the winning team.
You don’t often see the winners consoling the losers in sports. In the world of professional sports, it almost never happens.
But here, on vivid display, is that aforementioned sportsmanship, which is the most important lesson every kid will learn from the Little League World Series.
Furthermore, let’s not forget we’re talking about teams from completely different countries; countries that don’t always like each other.
To see this sort of thing isn’t merely a lesson for the kids, but a lesson for the entire world.
…perhaps that’s a tad melodramatic but it’s true nonetheless.
Source: Sunny Skyz