Thursday, July 24, 2014

Comcast Business Scores Sports Streaming Deal

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Comcast Business and World Series Tournaments have inked a deal to support live streaming of the upcoming PONY World Series at, marking the first the event will be delivered via the Internet in the event’s 62-year history.

World Series Tournaments will tap the Comcast unit to stream all games of the ten-team tournament free of charge, starting with the opening game on August 8 at Lew Hays PONY Field in Washington, Pa. Comcast Business, which is covering some of the construction costs, will also provide WiFi service at the venue.

"For the first time, fans of the 2014 World Series teams will have the opportunity to watch live around the world," said Bob Gregg, president of World Tournaments, said in a statement.

“We look forward to our Comcast Business Internet connection, delivered over our proprietary network, becoming an integral part of the World Series experience both online and for media and fans at the field via our Xfinity WiFi hotspot,” added Dave Dombroski, VP of Comcast Business in the operator’s Keystone Region.

Also on Wednesday, Comcast Business said it landed a deal to supply Internet services and its cloud-based VoiceEdge offering to Elder Construction for its facilities in Colorado Springs and Windsor, Colo.

Comcast’s business unit generated $965 million in the second quarter of 2014, up from $788 million in the year-ago quarter, putting the division on pace for $3.76 billion for all of 2014. -

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PONY Player Kidney Transplant

My son, Richard Brett Bess is a member of the Blossom Valley U12 All Star team but only played most of the regional tournament before going in for a kidney transplant.

When he was 16 months old, he got Bilateral Wilms' tumor which is a kidney cancer. He lost his right kidney and a quarter of his left kidney. We were told that when he was an adult, it was possible he may need a kidney transplant. There was no way to tell if his remaining portion of his kidney would sustain him as an adult.

In the very early morning following the Super Bowl in 2013, he had several seizures and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. The seizures were brought on my very high blood pressures. They discovered his kidney was failing. In the next month or so, his kidney declined at an alarming rate and he had to be admitted to the hospital to have a hemodialysis catheter put in his chest. He was hospitalized for 11 days and lost 40 pounds of excess fluid his body was not able to get rid of. In July of 2013, they removed his remaining portion of kidney. All through this, his one love was baseball. Most kids in his condition don't even attend school, let alone play sports. He was toxic and fought for energy. Despite this, he remained on the honor roll at school and continued to play baseball. He plays both Pony and on a travel team. His doctors were amazed at what he was doing but they quickly realized what baseball did for his spirits and worked with us. They patiently waited for All Stars to be over before removing his kidney! Most people had no idea what he was going through, they just saw a talented young man. His Pony coach has coached him for years and knew as did others in the league who knew him.

He was selected to be on this years All Star team by Neil Lopez. I think Neil knew he had some health issues but no idea he had no kidneys and was dependent on dialysis. We thought it only right to let him know what was going on in case he decided not to have him on the team. He would sometimes tire easily and had issues with his blood pressure dropping very low so he would need to take breaks. Neil said he earned his spot and would take him in any capacity he could. Neil found hi to be very inspirational to the team and had shirts made up for the team that they were to wear to every practice. It said "No Excuses, Bess Up". He came up with this after a warm up tournament prior to Refionals. Richard Brett had been in the hospital for a week due to peritonitis (an infection in his peritoneum) and had to have his peritoneal catheter out and another hemodialysis catheter out back in his chest. He was basically telling the kids to look at what Richard-Brett could do and to not let their bumps and bruises be an excuse not to work hard everyday. He got out of the hospital Wednesday and went to practice the next day to try to throw the ball a bit to stay loose. We didn't think he would be able to play in the tournament but took him up to Ripon to be with the team. In the 2nd game, he felt good enough to hit and ended up hitting in the rest of the tournament. In fact he hit one of the hardest, longest balls of the tournament. 

If you have never known someone on dialysis you  may not know how physically exhausting it is. The fact that he could play at a high level is almost unheard of. He played in the regionals up to Sunday night before being admitted to the hospital on the 14th for transplant on the 15th. His team kept his jersey with them in the dugout as he remained a part of that team, despite not physically being there.

Robin Bess

ZONE Action Is Underway in the North Zone...

The 2014 Colt Zone Tournament began play in Shepherd MI Wednesday with two games. Action continued there THURSDAY with four games on tap. Grand Ledge MI dropped Whiteford IL 15-1 in the opening game. Great Lakes Bay Area then handed the Area Host Central Michigan Stars a big loss at 24-0. Game action continues Thursday with four games in the works.

Just up the road at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant the 2014 Palomino Zone began. The event has four games scheduled so there is lot's of action going on in the mid-Michigan area.

Pony Region 1 action is beginning in Wayne Michigan for the Michigan Region and Lafayette Indiana is hosting the Region 2 Tournament. Both winner of these two events will begin action in the Pony Zone Tournament in Bay City Michigan starting July 31.

The Bronco Zone is also being played this weekend in Channahon Illinois. So there is lots of Pony Baseball action going on in the North Zone.

Post-Gazette's recap of Pony World Series Media Day

Observer-Reporter's recap of Pony World Series Media Day

Monday, July 21, 2014

Little Creek National PONY Baseball and Softball league President honored with award

Click the link to hear the story of Sarah Clark, league President of Little Creek National PONY Baseball and Softball, and how she was honored with the People Taking Action award.

Mid Michigan Mustang U10 Regional Champions picture


Los Alamitos remained undefeated by beating previously unbeaten Simi Valley 14-2 in the Bronco 11 Championship game on Sunday. Los Alamitos will now head to Chesterfield Virginia as the West Zone representative in the Bronco-11 World Series.



 Tournament Director, Keith Spencer, along with Division Director, Don Goebel, reviews important travel docs with the team

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

PONY player wins 10-year-old division National Championship at the 2014 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition during All-Star break

2014 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Program presented by Scotts National Champions crowned  The National Champions of the 2014 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition presented by Scotts were crowned Monday, July 14 at Target Field in Minneapolis as part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day.

The 2014 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run program presented by Scotts National Champions are:
7-8 Year Old Girls Age Division
MLB Team
Gabriella Emeana
Copperas Cove, TX
Houston Astros
7-8 Year Old Boys Age Division
Alex Clemmey
Middletown, RI
Boston Red Sox
9-10 Year Old Girls Age Division
Olivia King
Lee's Summit, MO
Kansas City Royals
9-10 Year Old Boys Age Division
Cole Young
Wexford, PA
Pittsburgh Pirates
11-12 Year Old Girls Age Division
Madison Hayes
Ooltewah, TN
Atlanta Braves
11-12 Year Old Boys Age Division
Carmelo Hernandez
Santa Maria, CA
Los Angeles Dodgers
13-14 Year Old Girls Age Division
Josie Peterson
Enders, NE
Colorado Rockies
13-14 Year Old Boys Age Division
Matt Novis
Tempe, AZ
Arizona Diamondbacks
Beginning in March, approximately 625,000 youth participated in over 4,000 competitions that took place across North America. Scotts, the "Official Lawn Care Company of Major League Baseball," is in its second year sponsoring the grassroots program. Two former Pitch, Hit & Run National Finalists -- Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals and Chris Parmelee of the Minnesota Twins -- have reached the Major Leagues.
Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) invites youth to demonstrate their skills by competing in pitching, hitting and running competitions. PHR participants advance through four levels of competition, beginning at the local level, which is hosted by organizations, leagues, or volunteers within a community, and continuing through sectional and team competitions. All 30 MLB Clubs hosted team championships at their ballparks on weekends from May 31st through June 29th. The top three competitors nationwide from each age group (7-­8, 9-­10, 11-­12 and 13-­14) advanced to the 2014 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run program presented by Scotts National Finals.
In addition to the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run presented by Scotts National Finals, the 24 finalists made a special trip to T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, an interactive baseball theme park and the largest baseball fan event in the world. Among its attractions are an exhibit from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, batting cages, clinics from Major League legends, free autograph sessions with former Twins, MLB legends and Hall of Famers, memorabilia and much more.
Gatorade All-Star Workout Day is the second day of 2014 MLB All-Star Week events at Target Field. The day features American League and National League batting practice followed by the Gillette Home Run Derby.
The 2014 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15th. The 85th MLB All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the MLB All-Star Game. MLB Network, and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive MLB All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit