Joe Maddon praises Little League World Series trip: "It's something that we will not forget"

Joe Maddon praises Little League World Series trip: "It's something that we will not forget"

Joe Maddon grew up an hour away from Williamsport, and even he didn't know how much work went into creating the Little League World Series. 

Talking with media during his "Try Not To Suck" golf tournament, Maddon was asked about his impressions of the event. The Cubs and Pirates ended their weekend series with a game played in Williamsport: 

"I had no idea about the involvement and the intricacies of all this," he said. "Really well done. Packed. Kids, grownups, everybody was there, so I think it's something we will not forget." 

Maddon even went so far as to compare it to playing in some of the historic parks around baseball, like Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. 

You can see Maddon's answer in its entirety in the video above. 

Javier Báez voted favorite MLB player by Little Leaguers

Javier Báez voted favorite MLB player by Little Leaguers

Seemingly day in and day out, Javier Báez does something on the baseball field that catches one's attention.

From his electric baserunning to his unbelievable tags, Báez is one of, if not the most, entertaining players in baseball. His flashiness on the field hasn't gone unnoticed by the next generation of baseball players, either.

Little League polled the Little League World Series players on their favorite MLB players. Sunday, MLB announced that Báez was ranked No. 1, ahead of Angels outfielder Mike Trout (2) and Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts (3).

Baez's flair carried over to the Little League Classic on Sunday. The Cubs shortstop made an impressive play on a groundball hit up the middle, also making friends with the Little League players in attendance.

Keep being yourself, Javy.

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Cubs embrace Little League World Series experience by going hill-sledding

Cubs embrace Little League World Series experience by going hill-sledding

One of the most iconic aspects of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, is the hill behind center field at Lamade Stadium. Fans bring carboard boxes with them to the ballpark, using them to slide down the hill while Little League games commence on the ball field. 

Sunday, the Cubs and Pirates visited Lamade ahead of their Little League Classic matchup later in the day. Several Cubs took the opportunity to fully embrace the experience, taking turns sliding down the famous hill at the ballpark.

Anthony Rizzo and manager Joe Maddon demonstrated some A+ form, while former Cubs catcher and current ESPN broadcaster David Ross' care-free form is amazing.

Kris Bryant and Cole Hamels also took turns down the hill, and you've gotta love the pure joy on their faces.

The Little League World Series serves as a friendly reminder that baseball is a child's game. While the competitive aspect of MLB part of the game, it's nice to see the Cubs embracing the experience.

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