We’re neck deep into the 2015 Little League World Series. Games are being played, merchandise is flying off the shelves, and pins are being handed out.
Its hard to believe the first time I went to the Little League World Series I never visited any of the corporate booths. Now its really the only reason I go. Sure its free to watch the games, but I can do that at home in the air conditioning. On Saturday morning I decided to make the annual trip up to South Williamsport to see what was going on.
Arriving early really helps to cut down on traffic. I arrived in South Williamsport around 10:00 a.m. and the first game didn’t start until 1:00 p.m. There was no traffic at all. Before heading over to Little League, I stopped at Reptiland. Reptiland is a zoo that you pass on the way to Williamsport. They have a Little League pin this year. Its a two piece pin. One part you get at Reptiland and the other you’ll find at the Little League Museum. In order to get one you have to fight a live gator… just kidding. After that it was on to Dunkin’ Donuts and Little League.
Most of the corporate booths didn’t open until 11:00 a.m. Some of these companies are making it more difficult to get pins every year. Companies like Lance, All, Bomb Pop, and Honda require people to fill out an endless amount of paperwork in order to get a bracelet which can make you eligible for a pin. I know companies like to collect data for marketing research, but I think in some cases its getting a little ridiculous. Luckily some of the people working for these companies will just hand you free pins if you ask without having to go through all the red tape.
After spending about three hours at Little League eating lunch and picking up as many pins as possible it was time to leave. As game time approached the crowd got much larger. This might have been the biggest crowd I’ve seen at Little League. Most likely because the Red Land team from York is playing in it. Lots of businesses in town have specially made Little League pins. On the way home I stopped by The Clothier and Genetti Hotel. You could probably spend all day everyday in Williamsport during the Little League World Series and not get every pin. There are just so many. Some are more difficult to obtain than others. ESPN and Oakley pins seem to be the most difficult to find. I ended up with twenty new pins for my collection. Just a few of them are duplicates. About half of them I got for free.