It’s just about back-to-school time and that can mean many things. To me, 2 things come to mind quickly – NFL is back and the Little League World Series is upon us. Being 75 miles from Williamsport, I’ve been to the LL World Series more times than I can count. It’s one of those places every baseball fan should go to at least once (just like Cooperstown and Yankee Stadium or Wrigley or Fenway). Little League is the world’s largest youth organization with over 2 million kids across the globe playing it. It continues to grow every year. I remember when there were just 8 teams vying for the title, now there are 16. It is amazing to see and talk to so many different people from around the world. One of the biggest activities during the Series is pin trading. I started trading pins 20 years ago and still do so. It’s a fun hobby that hundreds of people do every year at the ‘pin tent.’ The players play their game, then immediately head down to trade pins. Nobody cares much about winning or losing. The players interact with one another and have a good time. I’ve seen many players play in the Series and go on to play in the Major Leagues (Sean Burroghs from Long Beach and Todd Frazier from Toms River just to name a couple). I remember Burroghs hitting a home run that I’m pretty sure still hasn’t landed yet. Little League is a big thing in my town as well. We had our 13 year old JR Little League team make it to the World Series in Michigan back in 2002. It was very exciting to watch them play teams from across the country and world. The LikeFinger will be at Williamsport this year. And maybe it will be on tv! Stay tuned!