If you never knew anything about baseball or even was ever interested in the sport before, Jackie Robinson West definitely changed your viewpoint on the league as a whole. The entire city of Chicago became huge fans after witnessing the Jackie Robinson West Little League during the Little League U.S. Series. Jackie Robinson West actually winning the title of the 2014 Little League U.S. Series was only icing on the cake. As Chicagoans and most importantly as African-Americans, we were and still are very proud of our young men!
Who would have ever thought a group of young African-American males could bring the entire city that developed a vicious reputation, together to show a lot of love & support. Jackie Robinson West shined such a positive & refreshing light on the entire city right when this dark city needed it to be shined on the most. Despite trials & tribulations that many of those young men encountered off the field, they still fulfill their duty of being a Little League Champion! Those young men fought one hell of a battle to EARN that title; therefore their title will not be silently taken away from them. If anything was falsely done, it should have been determine and addressed in the beginning of the season, not months after the team has been awarded their title. Once a title is earned and awarded to a person or team, it’s rightfully theirs and should never be taken away under any circumstances. That needs to be a new rule implemented in all sports especially the Little Leagues.
To #1 DJ Butler, #7 Lawrence Noble, #8 Jaheim Benton, #9 Ed Howard, #10 Cameron Bufford, #14 Brandon Green, #15 Darion Radcliff, #16 Marquis Jackson, #17 Joshua Houston, #18 Eddie King, #22 Prentiss Luster, #23 Pierce Jones and #24 Trey Hondras, you will ALWAYS & FOREVER be the 2014 Little League Champions and Chicago’s Little Heros! #WorldClassChampions