SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Former Major Leaguer Dave Winfield was in Williamsport Monday, throwing out the first pitch before the Georgia-Ohio Little League World Series game.
It was a strike to Northern catcher Blake Hicks.
Winfield said when he talks to young athletes one of the things he warns them about is the dangers of drugs.
“There is nothing good in it,” Winfield said.
He also said when high-profile athletes run into big trouble, that should be a lesson for the kids who are looking up to them.
“When you see in the media big-name stars taken down or others indicted, somebody needs to let them know there are a lot of good things in sports,” Winfield said.
Winfield was asked if thought Braves third baseman Chipper Jones would get in the Hall of Fame if his career is now over.
“Chipper is really close,” Winfield said.
Then someone rattled off Chipper’s stats.
Winfield then changed his tune.
“I think so,” he said. “He’ll be there.”
Pugh has new shoes
Northern shortstop Brandon Pugh was sporting new Nike cleats for Monday’s game against Ohio.
All of the players were given new white Easton spikes to wear in the World Series. In the first game, all of the Northern players wore the new shoes.
Pugh wore his despite the fact they were a couple of sizes too big.
His dad, Brad Pugh, went to a sporting goods store Sunday and bought the new shoes.
“They were just too big,” Brad Pugh said.
Brandon’s mother said she saw the replay and could see the space between his feet and the shoes.
“They looked like boats on his feet,” Brandi Pugh said Monday.
On the final pitch before Monday night’s game was called because of rain, home plate umpire Stephen Meyer of Hamilton, Ontario was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Columbus first baseman Jacob Pate.
It appeared to hit Meyer in the neck and he went down behind the plate.
He eventually got to his feet and able to walk off the field. Meyer injured his collarbone, a Little League official said. The umpire was not taken to the hospital.