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Little League World Series 2012: Why Fans Must Tune in to This Year's Tournament

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 28: Members of the West team from Huntington Beach, California celebrate after defeating the Japan team from Hamamatsu City, Japan 2-1 to win the Little League World Series championship game on August 28, 2011 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 13, 2012

The Little League World Series kicks off on August 16, and that means a week of great finishes, breakout performances and raw emotion.

It's the U.S. against the world in this competition, and it features many of the best 11 to 13-year-olds on the planet.

The tournament is a 16-team double elimination slug fest, and all of these kids put their all into becoming champions.

So, here are a few reasons why fans must tune into this year's tournament.

 

Close Finishes

Early on, Little League World Series games are often blowouts. Some teams are just so stacked that they dominate the competition.

But late in the tourney, the clubs even up, and oh, do the teams put on a spectacle!

The six-inning contests often come down to the last pitch, and many of them end in walk-off fashion.

Even if they don't, because of the lack of dominating starting pitching, teams are never out of games. Squads will come back from five and six-run deficits with ease, and then fall back again.

It's just great theater.

 

The Unbridled Joy Players Show

It's not even the game on the field that's the best part of the tournament. It's actually watching the players go through the experience.

The players work so hard to get to the Williamsport that, win or lose, their reactions are a spectacle.

Watching the kids revel in victory is incredible to watch. They celebrate like there is no tomorrow, and you can tell just how much they love the game.

On the flip side of the coin, seeing the losing team is just emotional.

They put some much effort to get there that they're heartbroken to lose. Tears are often shed and it can be tough to watch them wallow in defeat.

But in a way, it's beautiful.

It shows their love of the game, and displays something that professionals don't often show.

Either way, what happens after the final pitch is thrown is just as interesting as the game itself.

 

Fans Get A Chance to Watch Future Stars

There are some very notable MLB players that have partaken in the Little League World Series, including Jason Bay, Jason Varitek and Gary Sheffield.

These games feature some of the best young talent in the world. And while there's no telling how they'll pan out, or for that matter just grow, it's still fun to speculate which of these kids will be great.

Just try not to think of the fact that less one percent of MLB players have played in the event.

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