As reported on this blog yesterday, Maine’s Little League Baseball Champs were disqualified from playing in this year’s Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. The Little Lumberjacks from District 9 were told they could not participate because some of their players were Otherworldly Beings.
The team returned home to a heroes’ welcome, but the players did not feel heroic.
Until today. This Modern Philosopher is thrilled to report that this post is being filed from the Vlorgozian Mothership high above Earth and within spitting distance of the Moon. I’m here to report on the very first Little League game to take place in outer space!
As you can see from the photo on the left, the field is in excellent condition. It’s probably the best diamond the Lumberjacks have played on all year.
So what brought about this historic game? Th’yo Zlaf-oji, the Mothership’s Commander, explains. “Several of our players were on the team that lost to The Lumberjacks in the State Championship Game. They were rooting for their friends to go on to win the Little League World Series, and were most disappointed by the news of the disqualification. There is nothing worse than the sight of a Vlorgozian child’s tears.”
Th’yo spoke to Stephen King, who has always been an ardent supporter of Maine’s Little League Program, and to Mayor McCheese, the Maine Politician with the biggest pull in the state right now, and suggested that The Lumberjacks be surprised with the first ever game in space. The plan quickly came together after that.
“As soon as Stephen and Commander Th’yo called me about the idea, I was all for it,” Mayor McCheese explained excitedly. “I was at the State Championship Game and the Vlorgozian pitcher was incredible. I’m so looking forward to seeing him on the mound again…and in space! What a way to promote Maine’s Little League, don’t you think?”
I’m in full agreement, Mayor McCheese!
While McCheese’s staff worked with Little League officials to get permission from all the parents for the game to take place, the Vlorgozian ground crew set to work getting the field in perfect condition for this game.
The Lumberjacks arrived at noon and received an extensive tour of the Mothership. For most of the team, this was their first time ever aboard a spacecraft. After some basic training to get them used to space travel, and some infield practice to help get them acclimated them to the new field, the team that thought it had played its final game together suited up for one more battle.
Stephen King and Mayor McCheese threw out the ceremonial first pitches, and the game is now in the fourth inning. The Lumberjacks hold a slim 5-4 lead over The Death Stars as they come to bat.
I will report more on this later, but right now, I want to give my full attention to the game. While I’m sorry that The Little League World Series couldn’t accommodate the Maine Champions, I’m actually pretty happy they didn’t.
I’m in outer space watching a baseball game! Does it get any better than this???