Holland: High-Fiving Foe In Game One Step Too Far

Holland appreciates the sportsmanship at the Little League Word Series ... to a point.

Laurence Holmes Show
August 20, 2019 - 4:13 pm

(670 The Score) After a "cool" and "electric" experience at the Little League Classic on Sunday as his Cubs defeated the Pirates in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, lefty reliever Derek Holland was reminded of the joys of being a kid.

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He also enjoyed seeing the sportsmanship on display ... to an extent. The line that Holland personally wouldn't cross at any age is congratulating and high-fiving of an opponent during a game, a scene that has played out on multiple occasions between youngsters in the Little League World Series, including recently.

"It's pretty cool to see what these kids go through, the atmosphere they have, the field itself is beautiful," Holland said at the Cubs on Deck Luncheon series with Laurence Holmes on 670 The Score on Tuesday. "It's a great setup. It's an electric atmosphere the entire time. Those kids are having a blast and the way they interact with each other too, it's really cool. It's what they're teaching, the good sportsmanship and everything. There are a few things that, it'd be a little different, that I would do.

"If you give up a home run, I don't want to see my kid out there high-five the kid that just hit it. I get it -- we're doing the good sportsmanship. But sorry son, you just gave up a homer. We're not doing that. We're trying to beat these guys, not celebrate with them. So there are a few things I think we take a little too far with it. We got to remember, it's a competition. We're competing against each other. We're trying to see who the best is. I think some of those things get kind of lost because we're trying to keep such a good atmosphere, which is great. I'm not taking anything away from it. But at the same time, we got to have that competitive attitude. We don't want to lose that." 

Listen to Holmes' full hour-long sitdown with Holland and outfielder Nick Castellanos below.