At some point earlier in the year, I went to look at our gallery of images for a photo of Kansas City Royals first base prospect Nick Pratto. Royals Review has access to both USA Today Images and Getty Images, and hundreds of thousands of baseball photos are at our fingertips.
But for some reason not a single USA Today or Getty photographer had snapped and uploaded a picture of Pratto to the database. I was miffed. I chose a different player who did have a picture. But I was still miffed.
Well, I guess I’m not being totally honest. There were a dozen or so pictures of Pratto. It’s just...well, they were from 2011, just before Pratto became a teenager. You see, Pratto participated in the Little League World Series, his team from California winning the championship.
Here are the player introductions. Note Pratto’s favorite player, which is a good one.
Anyway, this isn’t huge news among Royals fans, but I thought that you all would like to see some pictures from then, because why not. Everyone loves pictures of famous people when they were tiny. That is 82% of the reason why people watch What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
Pratto isn’t the only draftee or big league player to participate in the Little League World Series, but he’s one of the more recent, and so there are some really high-quality pics here. So here you go. Half a dozen pictures of tiny Pratto apropos of nothing.
THE CHILDREN ARE EXCITED
Why yes, I did indeed do an epic baseball thing
Ya’ll didn’t know that I could pitch, too?
Chant it with me: R-B-I! R-B-I!
And here it is: Nick Pratto’s winning hit. Note the 0-9 with runners in scoring position. Looks like the 2011 California little league team is already in peak 2018 Royals form.
Here’s hoping Pratto gets some more recent pictures.