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While Mo’Ne Davis is pitching fastballs like nobody’s business, a team from Chicago is also turning heads at the Little League World Series.
A little positivity is always a breath of fresh air. The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars have given the Windy City another reason to be proud while raising morale in the community at a time when people are rioting in frustration over the death of Michael Brown.
TheGrio.com reports that the all-black team has secured a spot at the Little League World Series. The team has grabbed a lot of attention because they don’t look like the typical little league roster, and David James of Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities program said the All-Stars have people in the pros excited!
“All of us at MLB are talking about that team,” he said. “It’s really good for the game.
“This is stuff of legends,” Cincinnati Reds player Barry Larkin added during a chat with ESPN.
The All-Stars rise to the World Series really hits home for Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson, who grew up in Chicago himself.
“The cool thing is the way people talk about it,” Curtis beamed. “Like, ‘Wow, there is an all-black team out there; I didn’t know there was an all-black team playing.’ The fact that people don’t realize that there is a black team means that people are under the assumption that black kids aren’t playing baseball.”
Beyond race, Mayor Rahm Emanuel commended the young men for their achievement, noting that it’s been 30 years since Chicago’s sent a team to the big game!
“The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars have excited an entire city with their dedication and athleticism, and everyone should have the chance to see a Chicago team play in the Little League World Series for the first time since 1983.”