Families make sacrifices to get to Little League World Series
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Players and their parents at the Little League World Series say it is a dream come true, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But some of the teams didn't find out they were playing in South Williamsport until just about one week before the games started, making for big sacrifices on short notice.
The Little League team from Houston, Texas finished batting practice Tuesday and walked up to their dorms while their parents followed behind.
Lloyd Richards is one of those parents. He says seeing his son play at Lamade Stadium is a dream come true, but traveling to South Williamsport was no walk in the park.
"There's not a lot of time to prepare for the travel that's involved, so obviously it's a little bit expensive, and obviously with an event of this stature, the hotels are booked," Richards said.
Richards said while Little League pays for the players and coaches to travel, families must foot their own bills. His hometown held fundraisers to help them out.
And what happens if you're traveling from a different country?
Diane Bradley's son plays for the Canada region. She and the other parents know all about sacrifice.
"One of the parents drove 44 hours to get to Ottawa and then six hours from Ottawa here," Bradley said.
Recently Newswatch 16 told you about a coach from California who lost his job after coming to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport with his team.
"To be able to live this experience as a father, live this experience as a coach, and be able to share this experience with my son, I mean, it's priceless," Coach Jaime Ramirez said.
Ramirez says since our story aired, word spread fast about him losing his job. He says other companies in San Diego reached out to him.
"I've got some feelers. The community support, San Diego, the nation, across the board has been very supportive," Ramirez said.
Ramirez says he is waiting until the Little League World Series is over to even think about another job. He says his focus is on baseball right now, and the job will come later.