With his team one win away from a trip to the Little League World Series, Fairfield American third baseman Leo Randazzo has found a unique source of pre-game stress relief: humorous memes from the internet.
“I started to do well once I started looking at them,” Randazzo said. “I used to get butterflies in my stomach before, and now I’m fine when I walk out on the field.”
Mike Randazzo, his father and the team’s manager, said his son’s ritualistic meme viewing became popular after he shared it on his questionnaire during the team’s trip to ESPN headquarters, with his favorite being the “Doggo” meme. The elder Randazzo said Leo’s fun fact “spread like wildfire” once it appeared on SportsCenter and Barstool Sports.
“I started getting texts and phone calls from not only my older son, but also friends of mine,” Mike said. “I’m still unsure of what it all means, but apparently the kids loved it.”
Fairfield American, undefeated in tournament play at 17-0, has secured a spot in the New England regional final, scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, against the winner of Friday’s New Hampshire vs. Maine game. Saturday’s winner advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. The New England regional champions will play their first game Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. against the Mid-Atlantic champions.
Fairfield is seeking its third LLWS appearance of the decade, a feat no Connecticut program has ever accomplished, after qualifying in 2010 and 2012. They are the only team in state history to three-peat as state champions, with consecutive wins from 2010 to 2012, and have accumulated six state titles within the last…
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