the Little League World Series.
I think he really enjoys watching kids close to his age playing ball on TV. Right now I think he's predicting Texas will go all the way.
The fact that Little League World Series 2009 on Wii is one of his favorite video games probably doesn't hurt either.
I find I kind of enjoy watching it too. It's a nice change of pace -- no egos, no giant paychecks, no steroids. Just the game. There's something pure about it that a baseball fan can't deny.
The other day I was watching a game during my lunch break. The young third baseman playing for Connecticut, I think, snagged a ball that was lined like a shot down the third base line. It would have been an amazing grab for any major leaguer. And as I watched the huge smile on the 12-year-old ballplayer's face, I couldn't help but smile myself.
It's a terrific reminder of everything that's great about America's pastime.