At 7:30 tonight, the South Williamsport Girls play Mexico in the Little Softball World Series. And you can watch it all, in the comfort of....wherever you want, for the low, low price of five dollars.
I know we're used to watching sporting events on television for free. The Super Bowl, the World Series, the Final Four, all come with no up-charge from our regular cable package. But come on! This is only five dollars.
There are some local bars and restaurants who have figured out a way to broadcast it, and God bless them for it! Go support them! But if you don't want to deal with the Saturday night crowds, just watch it at home.
It's essentially the cost of two cups of coffee. It's barely more than a movie you'd order online. And it's certainly less than what you'd spend if you did go out.
Besides, if you run it through your laptop, which I did Thursday, and you hook an HDMI cable to your TV, you can watch the game on the big screen just like it's Sunday Night Football. And the ESPN broadcast quality is good. You don't have Jon Miller and Joe Morgan on the call, but the camera work is flawless.
This is where most people balk. If technology isn't your thing (and often it isn't my thing either) just find any kid seven years of age or older, tell him or her you need to subscribe to ESPN+ online or you need to download the app to your phone, hand the kid your credit card, and in five minutes they'll have you up and running.
The other thing is, the girls have at least one more game following this, and possibly five games left in total. Whether all the games will be on ESPN+ or not, I don't know, but the first three have been, so it would be reasonable to assume the rest of the games will be as well. But even if they aren't, who cares?
I know Keystone made the boy's World Series a couple years ago and Newberry made it to Lamade Stadium back in the 60's, so to say this team from South is a once-in-a-lifetime group might not be exactly true...but it's close.
So you've got all afternoon to get yourself prepared. Get on it and get ready. One more thing. You won't be disappointed. These kids can play.
A fun filled Saturday night, for only five dollars.