Adapted – nay, shamelessly stolen – from a Twitter conversation earlier today.
Two vaguely related thoughts from another day in corporate America …
– Someone with lots of time and no sense of importance should find out which Major League Baseball teams are most represented among America’s Little Leagues, and which are least represented.
Are there 3,000 Little League Yankees teams afoot in the land, but only 300 Little League Marlins teams?
And while we’re at it, let’s make it historical. How has the balance changed in the 30 years since I played Little League, and for what reasons?
A Twitter friend suggests that the popularity of team names is probably linked to playoff performance. By his logic, America is home to a lot fewer Little League Royals teams today than it was in 1984, when the major-league Royals were still good.
I think other factors might be involved as well. For instance, if you’re in one of those leagues that issues a different-colored shirt to every team, there are only so many big-league teams that wear orange. That probably guarantees the Orioles, Mets and Marlins a share of the Little League action that they wouldn’t otherwise merit.
(Unless you’re in some candy-ass league where they give you an orange shirt and tell you you’re the Dodgers, in which case I pity you.)
– I decided today that, when somebody hands me a winning lottery ticket and makes me a billionaire, I’m going to do two things:
a) Open a taqueria.
b) Sponsor a Little League team through said taqueria.
I never played in a league where the teams took sponsor’s names, but I know such things exist.
And in other leagues, the teams take the names of big-league teams, but carry the sponsor’s name on the jersey somewhere.
That’s my new shining vision for today: To be sitting on some uncomfortable backless metal bleachers, beaming with pride George Steinbrenner never knew, while I watch the Skip’s Taqueria Blue Jays take the field.
That sounds like terrific fun.