CUMBERLAND – Dave Belisle promised his Cumberland American ballplayers that they would be regaled upon returning to town, and local officials are taking necessary measures to ensure the darlings of the Little League World Series receive a proper homecoming.
Their game on Monday night against Chicago's Jackie Robinson West will be Cumberland Americanâ€™s seventh straight on television. It will also be the teamâ€™s fourth consecutive appearance on the national networks of ESPN.
Not a big deal? Consider this contrast, then.
The NBAâ€™s Boston Celtics, whose schedule was just recently announced, are slated for only one nationally televised contest for their entire upcoming season. Cumberlandâ€™s Little Leaguers beat that slim total in just a weekend.