MLB's London Series opens at Ranelagh
The flags were up, the speakers out, the children dressed in baseball caps and t-shirts. The Red Pitch at Ranelagh was a throb of VIPS, CEOs and 12 wide-eyed nine and ten year olds honing their skills of batting and fielding with none other than not one .not two , but three outstanding American Baseball Players - Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Albert Pujols.
The children were being given personal tips about batting by Jimmy Rollins . These baseball players were in town because MLB returns to London Stadium this summer as the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs face off in a two-game series. The children spoke to the Chairs and players of the Cubs and The Cardinals. The Commissioner of MLB, Rob Manfred, stated how important it was that the legacy of Baseball in Britain begins with the young children in front of him. The MLB legacy has donated £ 30 ,000 in updating Ranelagh's tired looking Red Pitch. The children could not have been more delighted. Mr Harris, the CEO of TTLT, continued his thanks saying that physical healthiness is paramount to children growing into healthy adults with a love of all different types of sport. But it was one of the youngsters , Aymar from 4T4, who shone, he spoke confidently in front of this awe-inspiring crowd. ‘ Baseball is a brilliant game. Aymar said, ‘We were lucky to practise at the London stadium yesterday and me and all the other children absolutely love Baseball and will be playing from now on.
In one speech , Alicia Gonzalez, the executive director of the Chicago Cubs charities mentioned that Genesis of 5T9 had told her that Baseball makes her feel free. Just knowing this made her pledge another $5000 to the legacy.
The children then showed off their skills in a brilliant game. The legacy of this incredible donation will last long after the London series ends on Sunday, and longer than the children who played today in this school. It will be a testimony to that very special relationship Ranelagh and the Major Baseball League created that Friday morning on a muggy morning in June in the tired but soon-to-be awesome Red Pitch Of Ranelagh , the beating heart of the TTLT community.
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