The Bench

Little Leaguers at LLWS Show They Also Have Game Off The Field

Aug 19 4:59pm

The Little League World Series is a great opportunity for us to see some of the best youth baseball teams in the world square off against one another in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It’s always a pleasure to watch them play, but sometimes it’s even more fun to get to know the personalities of these 11- and 12-year-old kids. There has been one prevailing theme throughout the event this year I don’t ever remember seeing in the past, and it includes talking to girls.

We recently discussed Trey Hondras of Illinois, who revealed his pregame routine, which includes talking to girls for good luck. Once again, here’s the proof of his strategy:


Well, he used this to make it all the way to the Little League World Series. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…right?

But wait, it gets better.

We obviously want kids today to be well-rounded individuals with diverse hobbies and a life outside of the baseball diamond. Presley Smith of Texas divulged his favorite hobby when he was interviewed before the LLWS, and it didn’t involve reading books during his down time:

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Talking to girls doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but Smith must have it perfected. It wouldn’t be a hobby if he wasn’t good at it, right?

Finally, Clayton Broeder took the cake with a famous person he’d like to meet. If I was asked this question at his age, I would’ve answered with some kind of professional athlete. Him? He went straight for the jugular:

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Well played, Clayton.

While these kids are focusing on winning the Little League World Series and bringing the title back to their respective hometowns, there’s some extra motivation for them. If they do win, it will be that much easier to enjoy their hobbies.

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