By: Rob Schardt
Yesterday, we saw one of the coolest things in baseball all year. That being the Little League Classic that was held in Williamsport Pennsylvania. This event is the second one ever to be held, but I believe it's brings humanity and innocence to the game of baseball. We saw the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies face off in front of all of the Little League World Series Teams and fans.
Hours before the game started, we saw players from little league teams greet the Phillies players as they walked off their plane, then the Phillies boarded a bus with the little league players. This is every little kids dream and I know for sure I would have loved to have gotten this opportunity. It wasn't just about baseball, these kids were asking about favorite foods, favorite video games and what they enjoy to do with their free time. The Phillies players most certainly appreciated this because they felt it was a great refresher about what life should be about.
The New York Mets, also had this same experience and appreciated every second of it. We saw the entire Mets starting rotation join the Little Leaguers in the stands which was on of the coolest moments in sports I have ever seen. When you have players like Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, sitting next to you I for sure would be stunned. These kids appreciated it just as much as the players as we saw with Jake Arrieta. Arrieta said he has been watching the Little League World Series many years but never actually been to Williamsport. He was also given the chance to speak to Mid-Atlantic star Gregory Bruno and both players, greatly appreciated the opportunity to pick one another's brains. Rhys Hoskins took in and cherished every single moment of this opportunity and we saw him taking selfies with the kids and eating popcorn with them.
Players like Todd Frazier, Michael Conforto and Scott Kingery returned back to Williamsport this as Major Leaguers. These three players took part in the Little League World Series when they were younger and Frazier himself won the entire tournament. This experience for these Little Leaguers is something they will never forget, as it is not an everyday thing where you get to speak to someone who these kids hope to be like one day. This is one of the best things in all of sports and I hope continues for years to come.
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