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It ain't easy being a pitcher, even in the "Little Leagues"

I happened to pay attention to the Little League World Series that began on August 19, 2006 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. I have prepared a photo gallery that shows the grimacing, groaning, intense life of a Little League pitcher in games that are a once in a lifetime opportunity for boys. These guys came to play, that's for sure. By the way, baseball has truly become an international support, yet another piece of American culture embraced around the world. Oh yes, one more thing. Hey mom and dad. We know you told the kid to hold his tongue, but not between his teeth!

November 13, 2016

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The photos I am showing in this gallery are of Little League World Series pitchers involved in the series that began on August 19, 2006 at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This is a riot to view. This kids are in it for real. They mean business. I have placed the photos in the gallery in no particular order. Have fun.

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Columbia, Mo., pitcher Landon Capp throws against Portsmouth, N.H. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Columbus, Ga., starting pitcher Kyle Rovig throws against Lamont, Ill. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Saudi Arabia pitcher Andrew Holden throws a pitch to Venezuela during the first inning in their game. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Venezuela's pitcher Jose Martinez throws a pitch to Saudi Arabia during the first inning in their game. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Staten Island, N.Y. starting pitcher Frank Smith throws against Phoenix, Arizona. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Willemstad, Curacao pitcher Sherman Lacrus throws against Kawaguchi City, Japan. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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IKawaguchi City, Japan pitcher Go Matsumoto throws against Willemstad, Curacao. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Columbia, Mo., pitcher Ryan Phillips throws a pitch during the first inning against Beaverton, Ore.Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Beaverton, Ore., pitcher Jace Fry throws a pitch during the first inning against Columbia, Mo. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Surrey, British Columbia, Canada pitcher Kristopher Robazza throws against Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Saipan relief pitcher Joseph Palacios throws a pitch during the ninth inning of their rain delayed game against Venezuela. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Russia's starting pitcher Denis Leonov throws a pitch during the second inning against Curacao. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Curacao pitcher Dienston Manuela throws a pitch during the first inning against Russia. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Moscow, Russia pitcher Andrey Vesenev throws against Matamoros, Mexico. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Matamoros, Mexico pitcher Josue Barron throws against Moscow, Russia. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Saipan pitcher Brian Camacho pitches in the first inning against Dhuhran Saudi Arabia. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Dhahran Saudi Arabia pitcher Matt Timoney pitches in the first inning against Saipan. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Lake Charles, La., pitcher Paul Beglis throws against Beaverton, Ore. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Beaverton, Ore., pitcher Devon DeJardin throws against Lake Charles, La. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Columbus, Ga., pitcher Cyle Carter throws a pitch in the first inning against Phoenix. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Saipan pitcher Harry Nakamura pitches in the first inning against Barqiuisimeto, Venezuela. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Staten Island, N.Y. pitcher Chris Goetz throws against Columbus, Ga. Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar, AP

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Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, pitcher Justin Atkinson pitches against Dhuhran, Saudi Arabia. Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

As an aside, Columbus Northern Little League defeated the Asian team, 2-1, in the Little League World Championships.