Entries in Little League (4)


Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Honored on Little League Opening Day

The Richard Family(DORCHESTER, Mass.) – Saturday was the opening day for Boston-area little league, where Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, would have played. He was honored by the community and his teammates at a ceremony before the first pitch.

The event began with a parade complete with drums and bagpipes, before a minister lead the crowd in prayer.

“We prayerfully remember all those who have gone before us,” the minster said. “Obviously and especially Martin whose life was short and lived here partially on this field.”

“Martin Richard… is on this field with us today, he is on this field watching us play baseball today,” said State Representative Martin Walsh.

Though the event focused on Martin’s life and what he loved, some could help but feel the reality of his absence.

“It's really sad, you know, he couldn't even throw the first pitch or nothing,” remarked seven-year-old Anthony Manion, who was upset that Richard wasn’t with his team.

“Just an awful tragedy, a tragic thing that he can't be here today,” said Denise Mitchell, who says her son and the boy were close friends.

A board member of the Dorchester League announced that they had reached their financial goals for the year and any additional money they receive will be donated to the Martin Richard Fund.

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LA-Area Little League Rejects Strip Club Donation

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Apparently having a patron in “The Best Gentleman’s Club near LAX” was a bit too much for a Los Angeles-based Little League, which decided to decline a $1,200 donation from the Jet Strip Club.

Initially Lennox Little League President Roberto Aguirre told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV he expected the league to keep the surprise donation after running into financial problems when the local school district doubled rental fees and forbade selling hot food during games.

“They went out of their way to give $1,200 to kids who really need it,” Aguirre said. “I can’t get upset about that.”

However, it looks like league officials had second thoughts, as Aguirre later told KTLA 5 News that it would be inappropriate to accept the money.

“We do not want the money from the strip club,” Aguirre told KTLA. “We do need the money, but we will go some other avenue.”

The league is now hoping other, more family-friendly businesses will offer donations. In the long term Aguirre says they hope to raise $65,000 to build a snack shack that would cover most of the league’s expenses.

The general manager of the Jet Strip Club, James Wallace, said he had only hoped to make a difference by donating. Wallace said he was inspired to help fund the season after seeing an article about the league’s financial problems.

“I just found it sad,” Wallace told ABC News of his decision. “I had every good intention.”

On the Little League’s online sponsorship page, there are a few conditions for sponsors though none would seemingly prohibit the Little League from accepting a donation from a strip club.

Maybe it was the thought of what could happen should the Jet Strip Club ever decide to advertise their involvement that gave league officials the biggest headache. The Little League website states that a sponsor "has the right to use the following term in advertisements, posters, brochures, newsletters, etc.: “Sponsor of a team in the (Local Little League).”

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NY Little League Mom Arrested for Alleged Threats After Son Fails to Make Team

File photo. Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(EAST MEADOW, N.Y.) -- Keeping kids busy in the summer is paramount for many parents, although not enough to land most of them in jail. But that's where Janet Chiauzzi, 44, found herself after allegedly threatening a Little League official when her son didn't make the summer travel team in East Meadow, N.Y.

"This is a tragic situation and horrible for the community," said Stew MacKay, one of the presidents of the East Meadow Little League on Long Island. "When you deal with children and parents running things, it gets dicey."

Nassau County police allege that a league official and his son received threatening letters from Chiauzzi May 21 after her son did not make the team. In the letters, according to the allegations, Chiauzzi also threatened the official's wife and daughter. Both of his children are younger than 14.

Less than two weeks later, police said, the principal of the children's school received letters from Chiauzzi claiming that the Little League official had abused his children. The Nassau County Child Protective Services investigated the accusations and found them to be groundless.

But Chiauzzi didn't stop there, authorities said. She allegedly sent six more letters to the Little League "attempting to defame the victim and force his removal as an official," according to police.

Chiauzzi was arrested on stalking charges Saturday night.

She has been charged with four counts of stalking, two counts of falsely reporting an incident, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and four counts of aggravated harassment.

Chiauzzi was arraigned Sunday and later released from jail on $6,000 bail, according to the Nassau County Correctional Center. She could not be reached for comment.

Chiauzzi is expected to appear in court again Wednesday.

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Baseball Field Named for Youngest Tucson Shooting Victim, Christina-Taylor Green

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- The field where Christina-Taylor Green once played baseball and dreamed of becoming the first female major leaguer now bears her name and the statue of an angel.

On April 1, Little League's opening day, parents and children gathered to celebrate Christina-Taylor's life and the renaming of Field 1 for her.

Christina-Taylor, age 9, was shot in the chest Jan. 8 outside a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store. She was attending an informal town hall meeting for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when alleged gunman Jared Loughner opened fire. She was the youngest of six people killed.

Her teammates in the Canyon Del Oro Little League, just northwest of Tucson, said that although it felt good to play baseball again, they missed her.

One of two girls on the team, Christina-Taylor would challenge a coach to a footrace and win; throw long from third base; and sing Beyonce songs in the field. Mae Sinclair, now the team's only female player, said Christina-Taylor showed the boys how to play baseball.

"She would catch balls and she would stand up to the boys even if they say she's a girl, she's not allowed to play," Mae said.

With the support of her father, John Green, a top scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Christina-Taylor aspired to be the first woman in the major leagues.

"I said, 'There aren't any [female Major League Baseball players] right now but that doesn't mean there can't be in the future,'" he said.

Her mother, Roxanna Green, said nothing prepares a parent for a child's death. "It was the worst day of my life," she said. "It was terrible."

Dallas Green, Christina-Taylor's grandfather and a former Philadelphia Phillies manager, said the family suffered through rough times. "It just hurt like, you just couldn't believe it," he said. "I mean you just couldn't believe that it could happen to her."

For Mae, Christina-Taylor's example lives on and inspires. "She goes, 'You know what, Daddy? I think I want to follow in Christina's steps and be that first woman baseball player,'" said her father, Lance Sinclair.

"She was one of my best friends," Mae said. "She was a great baseball player."´╗┐

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