Typically, when ESPN airs a baseball game from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, it features over-sized 12-year-olds and their over-bearing coaches.
But on Aug. 20, the network will broadcast from the home of the Little League World Series for another event: a Major-League game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.
According to Dejan Kovacevic of DKPittsburghSports.com and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the teams are finalizing the details of the game, which will take place during the Little League World Series.
The logistics of this arrangement promise to be interesting. Williamsport is home to BB&T Ballpark (formerly Bowman Field), a minor-league part that first opened in 1926. Though that sounds like a cool place to see a game, it seats only 4,500 fans, which may not be to the home-team Pirates’ liking.
The other option is for MLB to construct a temporary field, as it did when the Braves and Marlins played at Fort Bragg last summer. That park seated 12,500 fans.
For ESPN, this represents a chance to draw fans’ attention on an otherwise mundane Sunday in August and also a chance to cross-promote its Little League World Series coverage.