Sidebars of History: That Kid Looks Familiar Edition
In 1998 the Toms River, New Jersey team won the Little League World Series. If you take a look at the boxscore it says that the winning pitcher, Todd Frazier, went four-for-four, including a home run against Kashima, Japan.
Being from the New York area, the Yankees invited the newly crowned Champions to the Stadium and to be honored on the field in pregame ceremonies. Frazier, who also played shortstop was invited to stand next to Derek Jeter for the playing of the National Anthem.
Since then, much as changed. The old stadium is gone and a new one sits across the street. Jeter, however, goes on. He is now in his 18th season in pinstripes.
Friday night, Frazier and Jeter reunited and once again stood side-by-side on the field. This time, they met at third base because yesterday's Little League hero is today's starting third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. And just to show he cares Frazier threw out Jeter three times.
Note: The Reds took two of three from the Yankees. Todd Frazier went 2 for 15 in the series.