Little League World Series

Day 5: Notebook

Weather You Like It or Not

Author(s): Teddy Cahill, Mark Rogoff, and Allie Weinberger

Source: South Williamsport, Pa.

Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 ET

Garett Argianas, chief meteorologist at Hartford's Fox Connecticut (FOXCT), is serving as a volunteer public address announcer at the Little League World Series for the fifth year in a row. He also presided over the East Region tournament (New England and Mid-Atlantic) in Bristol, Conn., for the ninth straight season. Argianas takes vacation time from FOXCT to work the games.

Argianas was the public address announcer seven games at this year's World Series before heading back to Hartford, including the Canada-Panama and Japan-Mexico contests Tuesday at Volunteer Stadium.

"It's fun," Argianas said. "I don't think any of us would be doing this if it wasn't fun. Watching the kids enjoying themselves, that's what it's all about. Kids come here to have a good time, and it's pretty cool."

A link to Argianas's FOXCT profile:

Sticking Around

Throughout Tuesday, players from teams that have been eliminated from the World Series could be seen taking in games at Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums.

Puerto Rico manager Jose Valentin and a few of his players were on hand for the Japan-Mexico game. The Caribbean champions were knocked out by Mexico less than 24 hours earlier, losing an elimination game 4-2.

Also spotted at the game sitting together in the crowd were players from Georgia, New Jersey, Germany, and Canada, which was eliminated by Panama earlier in the day.

The Midwest champs from Plymouth, Minn., left the complex today to return home.

Return of the Full Moon

According to the lunar calendar, a full moon shined over the Little League World Series Tuesday evening, making a triumphant return after missing the tournament in 2009.

There previously was a full moon at the Series during Day 2 of the 2008 tournament, on August 16. That day, teams from Connecticut (Shelton), Washington (Mill Creek), Japan (Tokyo), Tamaulipas, Mexico (Matamoras) and British Columbia, Canada (White Rock) all played, as they did today.

Prior to 2008, there hadn't been a full moon since 2005. A full moon won't return to the Series until 2013.

New Kids on the Block?

Uganda and Kuwait have never made an appearance at the Little League Baseball World Series in its 64-year history, but they got pretty close to displacing perennial participant Saudi Arabia and the Arabian American Little League in the 2010 regional. Kuwait, Uganda and Saudi Arabia each finished MEA Region pool play with a 3-1 record, entering a three-way tie for the right to travel to South Williamsport, Pa.

The tie, broken by run differential and head-to-head results, placed Saudi Arabia in the top spot to take on second-place finisher Kuwait. The Arabian American Little League won the MEA Championship Game, 12-0.

But, according to Saudi Arabia manager Jeffrey Barnett, it is Uganda, who beat his team in regional action, that could just be a rising star in the world of Little League Baseball.

"They've got some big boys that can hit the ball," he said. "There's no doubt about that."

Opposite Day

When the Mid-Atlantic team decided they didn't want to practice the day before its consolation game match-up with the MEA, manager Paul Deceglie came up with a compromise. They'd make practice a game.

So on the way down to Practice Field C Monday afternoon, they picked teams for a 7-on-7 game with a twist.

With coach John Lazzaro pitching for both teams, the players would field, bat and throw with their non-dominant hands, righties hitting lefty, lefties throwing righty, and so on.

"That's the kind of kids we have here," Deceglie said. "They didn't want to practice... so we made it a game. If you can't have fun on a baseball field then you don't belong there."

But I wonder how much fun the manager was having after he was, you guessed it, the last one picked.

All He Wants to Do is Dance

Toms River Little Leaguers had a ball making fun of their manager in the post-game press conference after their 10-0 rout of Saudi Arabia Tuesday afternoon.

Paul Deceglie, who was enjoying a little pre-game boogie with Dugout as the teams waited for the game to get underway, was met with heavy criticism from his team.

"Personally, I just think that he just went out there and embarrassed himself," said shortstop Patrick Marinaccio, who went 3-for-4 with a home run in the game. "And then Kevin [Blum] went out there and showed him up."

Boys of Summer

Despite being eliminated from the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series, the Toms River Little Leaguers still have a lot to look forward to for the rest of their short summer. With a week of freedom left before returning to pencils, books, teachers and homework, you can bet you'll know where to find these boys of summer.

"These kids live at the beach," said manager Paul Deceglie. "When we don't practice, you can find all of them at the beach. Second Avenue at Seaside [Heights]."

Toms River is located roughly 10 miles from the ever-popular shores of New Jersey, and it is a hot spot for the kids and their parents.

"I guarantee this Saturday, they're gonna be at the beach," Deceglie reiterated. "Second Avenue Seaside."

Konan Has a Little Nickname

Pitcher Konan Tomori has been an important part of Japan's run to the International finals. He was the winning pitcher in Japan's 3-2 victory against Mexico on Tuesday night, allowing two runs in four innings. He struck out seven batters and walked two.

Manager Shingo Ariyasu said Tomori has a very strong pitching arm, but Ariyasu wishes his pitcher had more mental fortitude. Because of his poor mental strength, Tomori has been nicknamed "Mary" by coaches and players.

Tomori does not dispute the nickname.

"There's nothing I can do about it," he said through translator Brian Thompson. "I try to get stronger mentally, but I move in the other direction."