In 2001, there was Danny Almonte, the fireballing New York City pitcher who became a Little League World Series star and was later revealed to be two years older than anyone thought. Then, in 2014, there was Mo'ne Davis, the Philadelphia pitching sensation who became the first little leaguer to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
And now, in 2017, we have Jeffery "Boog" Powell, a handsome chubster from Tennessee who has yet to impress with his baseball skills but is already our absolute favorite Little Leaguer of the year.
Boog—who's not related to either the Boog Powell from 60s or the Boog Powell in the A's farm system—arrived on the scene Monday night when his team from Tennessee took on another from North Carolina—a match-up that surely had BBQ on Boog's mind.
As soon as the young slugger took his first at bat, America fell in love with this 5'2", 220-pound dynamo.
Fitting that Boog's favorite player is Yankees giant Aaron Judge, a man who, like Boog, knows what it's like to walk through life as large-than-life character. We say that not just because Boog is a physical specimen, but because the guy has character.
Just look at this kid having fun in the dugout, like a Little Leaguer should.
More importantly, Boog nows how to play the game the right way. Here he is running out a ground ball like a true gamer. Gotta love this kid's hustle.