MLB Little League Classic underway in Williamsport
Major League Baseball players arrived Sunday afternoon for cheering fans and little leaguers, all for the love of baseball.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Excitement filled the air as the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox traveled to Williamsport Regional Airport for the MLB Little League Classic.
It was a first experience for many little leaguers and Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo.
“I’ve never kissed here like, with my little league team, so being here on the biggest stage, it’s gonna be fun, man, it’s gonna be a lot of great experiences for me and for the kids,” said Alex Verdugo, Boston Red Sox outfielder.
The MLB Little League Classic started in 2017. It offers little leaguers the chance to spend a day with some of their big league heroes.
For New England second baseman Mike Marzelli, an autograph from Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is one of the many highlights he’s gotten from the week so far.
“It’s cool; it’s also a good opportunity to see all these people with my teammates,” said Mike Marzelli of Little League New England.
The time spent between Williamsport players fuels the passion for baseball.
Something Baltimore Orioles infielder Rougned Odor sees as a way to help train the next generation of ballplayers.
“I think it’s really important, you know, I played little league when I was little, and I think that’s why it’s so important,” said outfield player Rougned Odor. interior of the Baltimore Orioles.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the little leaguers and major leaguers here in Williamsport, and it will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives.
“It’s amazing; I’m happy to be here and live in the moment,” said Great Lakes Little League’s Jaykob Troutwine.
“Yeah, definitely, I’ll never forget that. I’ll always go back to it and have memories of it,” Marzelli said.
Memories will continue to be made as MLB players spend the day with Little League World Series players and fans.
All before their 7:00 p.m. game at historic Bowman Field in Williamsport.
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