Hardball

A wise man once said “throw me the ball and watch what I do with it,” and the little leaguers from Jackie Robinson West are showing the world what they’re about.

JRW

 

Strike 1: Caught You By Surprise 

JRW’s rise to today’s U.S. Championship game has been the surprise of the Little League World Series. The team is the first to represent Chicago in 31 years, and the first all black team in over a decade. Just to make it to Williamsport, PA, the team had to come up with a 6 run rally in the last inning of their Great Lakes regional final game. 

Strike 2: Right Before Your Eyes 

JRW’s success has been broadcast to the nation on ESPN, but has meant the most to the city they call home. Their Little League World Series games are being watched throughout the city, from bars in River North to watch parties that number into the thousands in Morgan Park. 

Pitch 3: This One’s To The Wall 

Fast, aggressive, finish. That’s the way this JRW team plays on the diamond, and it brings a brand of excitement that isn’t usually associated with baseball. Speed and power are the key components to the team’s aggressive style of play, which we got a glimpse of when tournament star Pierce Jones blasted three home runs in his first World Series game. Darold Butler, JRW’s manager, says the team likes to play “4 inning games,” meaning that they have every intention of 10 run ruling the opponent.  

Win or lose today, Chicago is proud to call Jackie Robinson West its own, and one thing is clear – ain’t no fun like a game of hardball. 

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