Including the disqualified South Bronx team of Danny Almonte infamy, Staten Island is the fifth New York City team to make the World Series since 1964 (three from Staten Island). "Staten Island is part of New York City but we've been like the stepchild," Calabrese's father, Joe, said. "But Staten Island has great baseball."
And we also have an abundance of asshole "adults":
After Steinbrenner gave the Staten Islanders a $5,000 donation yesterday to help pay travel expenses, Johnson ripped The Boss for not giving enough and slammed Yankees and Mets players, namely Alex Rodriguez, for not offering up money or a phone call. Staten Island, the Mid-Atlantic champs, plays its first Little League World Series game today at 1 p.m. vs. Columbus, Ga.Look, you whiny little good-for-nothing piece of shit, STFU! Don't you dare fucking cry about what some of these families laid out; you are the fucking "Mid Island" team, not the North Shore. Every one of the kids on your squad probably lives in a half million dollar house, has attended some high dollar baseball "camp" or academy or some such... don't you fucking dare scream poverty.
Johnson also was peeved at the Mets' front office for its lack of financial support, but aimed his venom at the Yankees, whom Staten Island officials claim raised $300,000 for the scandalized Rolando Paulino club of the South Bronx that forfeited its victories after it turned out player Danny Almonte was 14 years old.
"For Steinbrenner, $5,000 is throwing dollar bills in the air," Johnson told The Post. "Everything counts, don't get me wrong, but it's disappointing. And A-Rod, he plays $1,000 a hand in poker, he might as well throw $1,000 in our dugout. I don't want Steinbrenner's money. I want A-Rod's money. He's making $20 million a year."
UPDATE: Losing the first game in a round robin is NOT a good thing, you guys.