For Little League teams across the nation, now is the best time to be playing. It means every player is a state champion and every team is in one of the four regions with World Series berths on the line.
For parents, coaches and fans, it means something else: You had better be self-employed or have a very understanding boss who will let you miss a month or more of work to travel with your team through district, state, regional and possibly World Series play.
Or you can do what Phenix City (Ala.) National Little League manager Tony Rasmus did _ resign. Rasmus, a chemistry teacher at Glenwood High School, said because he has been with this group of players since it won the 9-10 baseball state title two years ago, it was the right thing to do.
"I felt like I owed it to these kids," said Rasmus, who has two sons, Colby and Cory, on the team. "This group believes they can win."
_ ERIC VICIAN