HOPEFULLY, winning the Big League Softball World Series translates to more funding for Team Manila in the new year.
Manila Little League head Rafael 'Che' Borromeo said he expects financial support to finally come the way of the Filipina clouters following their success in the World Series last year.
“Nag -world champion kami, kaya siguro naman madali-daling humingi ng tulong sa PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) at sa private sector,” said Borromeo, a member of the Manila City Council.
In probably one of the most stirring local sports stories of the year 2012, Team Manila defied the lack of funding that marred its campaign and went on to win the World Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The team, Borromeo recalled, had to work on a shoe-string budget that he even had to write a promisory note to the travel agency which provided the tickets for the 13-player squad to make the US trip.
“Ngayong taon dun kami nagka-problema. Walang budget sa pamasahe patungong US, kaya ginawa namin, hiwa-hiwalay ang lipad patungong US, kaya natalo kami sa first two games dahil di pa kami kumpleto nun,” said Borromeo.
The Manila Little League official doesn’t see any road block on its way back to the World Series.
Team Manila needs to only rule the Philippine Series in April and to have the homecourt edge in the Asia Pacific Championships which the country is hosting either at the Rizal Memorial pitch or at Clark in Angeles City.
“Wala tayong nakikitang problema ngayon patungong World Series, kasi parehas tayong magkakaroon ng crowd support nun,” said Borromeo.
So long as funding won’t get in harm’s way again.