The thrill of advancing to play at the Little League World Series isn't solely reserved for an All-Star team.
Just ask Lee "Batman" Batterman, who had his reservation for Williamsport, Pa., verified at the start of the year, well before the Ocean View Majors All-Star team earned its spot Saturday.
Batterman will take the field this week as a tournament umpire. The Fountain Valley resident, 67, is one of just 16 umpires selected to work the World Series. Ten U.S. and six international umpires make up the 2011 crew working Williamsport.
"Like every umpire who sets the World Series as a goal, you wait and wait and wait to one day get that letter that tells you that you've been selected," he said. "I was thrilled when I found out."
Batterman said he came home one day in January to find his wife, Lauri, in the driveway, waving an envelope that contained the good news.