All Teams are in for 2010 / 64th Little League Baseball World Series
All 16 teams are now at the Little League International complex, settling into their new temporary home at Dr. Creighton Hale International Grove, where they can escape from the whirlwind of activity over the next 12 days.
The time between arrival and the first games on Friday is filled with excitement. There’s uniform fittings, photo sessions, meeting with ESPN, video games, ping pong, and of course, baseball practice. Each team is given a half-hour to practice on the two stadium surfaces, but they can get all the workouts needed at Little League International’s six indoor batting cages and numerous practice fields.
Players also are encouraged to tour the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, which has two special exhibits on display this year. One is an extensive array of exhibits from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), featuring a 3-D view of Mars, space suits, a wheel from the Space Shuttle, a touchable moon rock and more. Another is an exhibit on loan from Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates.
Teams also will meet and speak with Space Shuttle Pilot and Air Force Col. Terry Virts, who will deliver a Little League patch he took into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour last February. On Thursday night, they will be in the annual Little League Baseball World Series Grand Slam Parade through the streets of Williamsport, with more than 40,000 people expected along the route. Before that, however, they’ll have a picnic at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
As always, admission to the games is free. Parking also is free. Tickets (given away before the Series) are required on the final weekend to be seated in the stadium, but seating on the famous terraced hills never requires a ticket. Seating in the stadium for all but the final weekend’s game is usually available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The schedule of games and more can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/worldseries/index.html