What do you think about the “dancing kid from Aruba” during the LLWS?


1 Response to “What do you think about the “dancing kid from Aruba” during the LLWS?”

  1. August 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    By now, we’ve probably all seen it…an 11 yr old kid from Aruba acutally dancing around while his team was getting beat by 20 runs on international TV. A lot of people took offense to this while others saw it as the ultimate display of child-like enthusiasm and purity.

    So let me ask you…You’re 11 years old and playing in the Little League World Series and your team is down 20-0 in the top of the fourth inning…What do you do?

    Answer that right now and then continue reading and see if your answer doesn’t change.

    Team Aruba found itself in Saturday playing against Asia-Pacific, a perennial powerhouse at the LLWS. The kids from Taiwan jumped out to take a 16-0 lead. As they walked into the dugout in the middle of the third inning, many of the Aruban kids were crying.

    They’d already lost once and another defeat, which seemed inevitable at this point, meant elimination.

    One of those in tears was Vaughn Bergen, who was due up that inning. Apparently, Vaughn’s father approached and told his son, “You’re coming up here. Do you want to do it crying or do you want to do it happily?”

    Vaughn chose to do it happily. He stepped to the plate and grounded out to third.

    Then, in the top of the fourth inning, Taiwan tacked on four more runs. But it wasn’t Taiwan’s batters that ESPN cameras focused on. Instead, they caught sight of Vaughn in left field…DANCING!!! Can you believe it, this kid is losing by 20 and he’s DANCING!!!! ONTHE FIELD!!!! IN FRONT OF INTERNATIONAL CAMERA CREWS!!! OUTRAGEOUS!!!

    “[My teammates] told me I was crazy,” Vaughn told reporters on Monday. “I was dancing in the dugout, too.”

    As he did, his team scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the final score a more respectable 20-3.

    “The dancing thing got everyone smiling, and they started hitting the ball in that last inning,” Coach Luigi Bergen said.

    And the hitting continued. In Monday’s consolation game, Aruba beat South Dakota, 5-0. Vaughn knocked in the first run of that game.

    “I was mad because we were not going to make it to the final,” Vaughn said when asked why he started dancing in the middle of Saturday’s game.

    “My dad told me to enjoy myself, and I did.”

    Still feel the same about this kid and his behavior? Maybe all of us can learn something about what 11 yr olds should be doing on the ballfield.


    Coach Tony

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