Awww mannn! Did you at least get a championship ring replica?
yeah, they had a few left and fortunately we got there around 5:30. They are a lot nicer than I expected, i'll have to post a photo later. They had given out most of them Friday before they called the game.
Souza, Hood and Smoker were the stars of the game. Souza made a few great plays at first and hit a bomb to RF. He looked way better than Marrero last year. Smoker pitched well, 1 hit over 1.1 with 1BB and 2Ks. Hood was all over RF and looked great at the plate.
A big "Boo" to the Pfitz. Aside from the lack of Ben's Chili Bowl, the field was an absolute mess. I've seen little league fields in far better shape. There are a bunch of long groves cut into the outfield that look like wonderful opportunities for players to tear up their knees or ankles. The scoreboard was a mess. For the first couple of innings they had Jeff Kobernus' picture up no matter who was batting. The board kept locking up and was rarely in sync with the game. They completely shut it down in the 9th inning.
Also, they didn't mike the church choir that sang the national anthem, so nobody could hear anything. On the plus side we got a ton of autographs and chatted with several players. The crowd was great (except for the kid behind us with the vuvuzuela), pretty full on the 1B side, and the fireworks show is always fantastic.