Little League Baseball

Lessons learned at Cal State Fullerton have taken C.J. Ankrum to the Little League World Series

Lessons learned at Cal State Fullerton have taken C.J. Ankrum to the Little League World Series

C.J. Ankrum is as hard and direct as a fastball under the chin.

“I would not describe C.J. as warm and fuzzy,” his wife, Mindy, said Saturday. “He’s not.”

So if you’re satisfied with good instead of great and don’t mind getting a participation ribbon instead of a gold medal, he’s probably not the guy you want coaching your child’s Little League team. And that’s OK because Ankrum probably doesn’t want your kid anyway.

“I’m not there to win medals and all kinds of trophies and stuff like that,” he says. “I’m there to push them to the next level, [to] play against the best competition. A lot of the people that might have an issue or a problem, it’s because they’re jealous...

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