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6-foot-8 13 year old towers over foes(Little League Player)
AP ^ | 20 Aug 2006 | GENARO C. ARMAS

Posted on 08/20/2006 10:31:34 PM PDT by Marius3188

Aaron Durley towers over the competition at the Little League World Series. The 13-year-old first baseman for Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, stands an imposing 6-foot-8 and weighs 256 pounds.

"I was standing next to him and I was up to his elbows," Scott Kingery, a 12-year-old, 4-foot-9 Phoenix shortstop, said after meeting Durley.

At the secluded dorms where teams stay during the tournament, Durley has become as much of an attraction as the pool, the pingpong table and the video arcade.

The soft-spoken Durley doesn't mind the attention. He even lets opponents snap pictures with him during down time.

But Durley, who played at the series last year, too — when he was a mere 6-foot-4 — is crystal-clear about his top priority in South Williamsport.

"I'm more confident this year, ready to do what I need to do," Durley said after a practice. "Hit the ball out."

Fittingly, his favorite major leaguer is David "Big Papi" Ortiz, the Boston Red Sox slugger.

Durley scored a run in his 2006 series debut last week. His next shot to belt a homer came Sunday, when his Arabian American squad from Dhahran was scheduled to face Saipan.

In early games Sunday, Columbia, Mo., routed Portsmouth, N.H., 14-5; Columbus, Ga., beat Phoenix, 4-1; and Beaverton, Ore., defeated Lake Charles, La., 9-1.

Arabian American is a fixture at the World Series, having qualified the last seven years, and 12 of the last 13. The players' parents primarily work for oil companies in the Middle East.

Dhahran might have had the longest road to Pennsylvania, qualifying for the series by winning the Transatlantic region tournament in Kutno, Poland, in late July.

The team has a peculiar baseball superstition — the players dye their hair blonde for the World Series.

As if Durley wasn't easy enough to pick out in a crowd.

Columbia, Mo. manager Jeff Echelmeier watched Durley attract attention while the player was standing on a porch near a path to the cafeteria.

"About four teams came through, and everyone wanted to know how tall he was," Echelmeier said. "He said 'About 6-foot-8' about 40 times in a row."

He's still growing, too: Durley only shared the tallest-player designation last year. Series sponsors who shower players with free equipment didn't have new spikes readily available for Durley, who wears size 19 shoes.

Dhahran coach Tom Timoney said Durley takes the attention in stride.

"He's just a great kid," Timoney said while watching an infield practice. "Very good-natured."

A little out of breath after running sprints with his teammates, the mild-mannered Durley didn't say much after the practice.

Baseball isn't necessarily his favorite sport.

"It's kind of hard, because I like basketball," he said. "When it's offseason for baseball, it's basketball. When it's offseason for basketball, it's baseball."

Columbia, Mo., 14, Portsmouth, N.H., 5

Beau Burkett scored three runs, Landon Clapp had three RBIs and Columbia rallied from an early 2-0 deficit in an error-filled game. The teams combined for nine errors, two by Columbia (1-1) and seven for Portsmouth (1-1). Matthew Feeney had three RBIs for Portsmouth.

Columbus, Ga., 4, Phoenix 1

Kyle Carter tossed a one-hitter and hit a solo homer to lead Columbus (2-0), strengthening the Southeast region winners' chances to advance to next round. The left-handed Carter struck out nine. Shaun Chase had the lone hit, a single, off Carter for Phoenix (1-1).

Beaverton, Ore., 9, Lake Charles, La., 1

Jace Fry led off the bottom of the first with a deep homer to right, Derek Keller hit a three-run blast and Devon Dejardin threw a three-hitter as Beaverton (1-1) controlled the game from the start. Dejardin retired his last nine batters. Starter Paul Beglis surrendered all nine Oregon runs but also homered for the only score for Lake Charles (1-1).


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: baseball; littleleague; saudiarabia; sports

1 posted on 08/20/2006 10:31:36 PM PDT by Marius3188
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3 posted on 08/20/2006 10:36:47 PM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: Javelina

Wow. He's 13? If so, he has every right to play little league. Looking at the picture, it's sure hard to believe. But I've seen stranger things.


4 posted on 08/20/2006 10:38:48 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Marius3188

Holy Moley. He's bigger than Richie Sexson. Stick him on the mound, let him throw nothing but gas until he "fills out", then teach him a changeup and a slider.

His strikezone will be too big as a hitter, and you don't shorten a stroke of a guy that size.

Wow. 13 years old.


5 posted on 08/20/2006 10:38:59 PM PDT by IslandJeff (Artificial Paradise)
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To: wallcrawlr

He looks like a professional baseball player.


6 posted on 08/20/2006 10:43:31 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: Marius3188

Wow. My cousin's son was in a similar situation except that he was really, really skinny. This other kid is big all around. Wow


7 posted on 08/20/2006 10:44:15 PM PDT by TNdandelion
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To: Marius3188
My husband and sons were watching this game today. And talking about the 13yo who is 6'8".

We were also trying to figure out why the Middle Eastern team looked so, well, American. We wondered if they were the kids of Americans working in the Middle East, and, lo and behold, that is the case:

The players' parents primarily work for oil companies in the Middle East.

We were wondering about the bleach blond hair, too:

The team has a peculiar baseball superstition — the players dye their hair blonde for the World Series.

8 posted on 08/20/2006 10:44:41 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (That's taxes, not Texas. I have no beef with TX. NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Was the kid any good? I know it takes a while for some kids to 'catch' up with their own size. I mean when it comes to their hand eye coordination and such.

Thats why some really big kids seem goofy. They just haven't adapted to their body due to their growth rates.


9 posted on 08/20/2006 10:48:32 PM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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To: Marius3188

A basketball contract looks to be in this kids future. Baseball will have to be put aside once he reaches high school. Way too much potential to not focus on basketball.


10 posted on 08/20/2006 10:54:05 PM PDT by DuxFan4ever (The next rational liberal I meet will be the first.)
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"... Was the kid any good? I know it takes a while for some kids to 'catch' up with their own size. I mean when it comes to their hand eye coordination and such."

Until we find out, I would recommend not parking your car behind center field at the little league ballparks he plays at.

11 posted on 08/20/2006 10:54:51 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: wallcrawlr

Paging Dale Brown, paging Dale Brown.


12 posted on 08/20/2006 10:58:07 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (When you are there thats the best)
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To: wallcrawlr

That is no thirteen year old.


13 posted on 08/20/2006 10:58:16 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Marius3188

My husband would know if he played well. Not I. But I did watch him at bat once, and he was walked. My husband kept saying, "Look, he's towering over the ump!" I think he may have to be careful to watch his weight, though. Then I think he was playing first base, but I didn't see him make any plays.

Btw, a pitcher on the same team was 6'3" and he had a goatee. (I'm not suggesting their ages are questionable, just pointing out how vastly different boys can be from each other at that age).


14 posted on 08/20/2006 11:02:34 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (That's taxes, not Texas. I have no beef with TX. NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation.)
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Adding: I'm sure he made some plays. I myself didn't see them. I didn't watch the whole game.


15 posted on 08/20/2006 11:04:16 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (That's taxes, not Texas. I have no beef with TX. NJ has the highest property taxes in the nation.)
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It does look very weird, but so many young preteen girls these days look 20. Stands to reason that some preteen boys are being affected by whatever's making those girls grow up...


16 posted on 08/20/2006 11:08:33 PM PDT by Seamoth (Kool-aid is the most addictive and destructive drug of them all.)
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To: Marius3188; neverdem

FYI...gigantism? Or genetics? I'd like to see his parents.


17 posted on 08/20/2006 11:10:55 PM PDT by GummyIII
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To: GummyIII
FYI...gigantism? Or genetics? I'd like to see his parents.

It would be interesting, to say the least.

18 posted on 08/20/2006 11:27:29 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Marius3188
Here is as reported last year: 6'5" 226 lbs. Sounds like he may be legit.
19 posted on 08/20/2006 11:30:10 PM PDT by Michael.SF.
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To: SmoothTalker

Who was the kid who played in little league years ago, talked to the press and then got in a car and drove himself?


20 posted on 08/20/2006 11:51:59 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: GummyIII

You think he might be a Paul Wight type?


21 posted on 08/20/2006 11:52:28 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Marius3188

Sabato Agosto 19, 9:00 PM
Dhuhran, Saudi Arabia first baseman Aaron Durley takes the field in the second inning against Surrey, British Columbia, Canada at Little League Worl

Elsewhere, the Chicago Tribune reports that he has a size 19 shoe - big feet.

22 posted on 08/21/2006 12:01:16 AM PDT by ThePythonicCow (We are but Seekers of Truth, not the Source.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

His folks will be working for Aramco. The Aramco compound in Dharan is a minature American city.


23 posted on 08/21/2006 2:31:09 AM PDT by weegie
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To: Seamoth

" It does look very weird, but so many young preteen girls these days look 20. "

And I got proofed in bars and restaurants in the USA until I was 49 ! No lie . White male BTW ...


24 posted on 08/21/2006 6:05:45 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: Marius3188
I knew a kid who was about 6 ft. tall at the age of 12. It was amazing - you just took it for granted that he was a teenager, when you saw him as a stranger.

Funny thing is, he never grew any taller after that, so he wasn't a star basketball player in high school. Go figure!

Wonder if this kid shaves?

25 posted on 08/21/2006 6:24:21 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: mysterio
Wow. He's 13? If so, he has every right to play little league. Looking at the picture, it's sure hard to believe. But I've seen stranger things.

I thought LL'ers had to be 12 or under?

26 posted on 08/21/2006 6:27:28 AM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: mysterio

He must have been born 5 years old.


27 posted on 08/21/2006 6:29:03 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Black, Proud, Conservative!)
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To: TruthWillWin

You have to be 12 when the season begins.

That "kid" needs a shave.....Dang....;-)


28 posted on 08/21/2006 6:30:09 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Marius3188

Big strike zone.


29 posted on 08/21/2006 6:30:11 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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That kid's gonna have some series back problems when he gets older. I hit 72 inches at 5th grade.


30 posted on 08/21/2006 6:32:44 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: Marius3188

There was another 13-year old kid on that was 6-8 on TV a couple years back. I think it was MTV or someone who got him together with Shaq, who was a similar size at that age.


31 posted on 08/21/2006 6:32:56 AM PDT by Always Right
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Now we know where Shaq was about 14 years ago.

32 posted on 08/21/2006 6:33:58 AM PDT by Pokey78 (‘FREE [INSERT YOUR FETID TOTALITARIAN BASKET-CASE HERE]’)
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To: Marius3188

Anybody remember that movie Zapped with Scot Baio?


33 posted on 08/21/2006 6:37:00 AM PDT by Tribune7
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I had to print this for my son. He's 13 and he beats me by a couple of inches at 6'2". And I'm afraid he may not have hit his growth spurt yet.

8-0

34 posted on 08/21/2006 6:42:35 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("How'd you get that scar, mister?" "Nicked myself shaving.")
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To: Marius3188

This would be one of those rare case when I would be a No Spank parent.


35 posted on 08/21/2006 6:46:39 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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Nah, just a kid that hit his growth spurt early. My husband was 6 - 3 when he was 12 (6th grade) and was shaving every day. He was husky at about 200. The other kids caught up to him in time.

His mom and dad are actually kind of short--5.4 and 5.10, respectively

36 posted on 08/21/2006 6:46:45 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: wallcrawlr

Wow, those blondies look like my youngest son when he was that age! Now he's 6'6. He played baseball/softball, basketball (won a scholarship to play ball in college in MO) and soccer. I hope this young man does well. I had a pen pal from the same place in SA when I was a kid. Her dad worked in the oilfields. She was Nancy Lee Shafer. Wish I could find her again.


37 posted on 08/21/2006 7:02:59 AM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: SoftballMominVA

My 13-yr old son was 6-1 and 200 pounds. He was late for school last fall because he cut his lip shaving. He towered over everyone, and the other boys would run at him and grab onto his shoulders, one kid on each side. He would just keep walking and carry them across the soccer field. This year, thank God, the other boys are starting to catch up in size and heft. I am 5'5" and DH is 5'11". But an uncle is 6'5", 270#.


38 posted on 08/21/2006 9:48:56 AM PDT by MJemison
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Saudi Arabia first baseman 6 feet 8 inch Aaron Durley, left, watches a pitch as Venezuela's 4 feet 8 inch base runner Ermison Arellano gets ready to take a lead during the fourth inning in their game of the Little League World Series baseball pool play in South Williamsport, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006. Durley is the tallest player to ever play at the Little League World Series. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


39 posted on 08/23/2006 7:31:18 PM PDT by rvoitier (Democrat Party, not Democratic Party.)
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