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Baseball may finally be getting this thing right. Fresh off the success of the “Field of Dreams Game,” this weekend’s “Little League Classic” provided another shot of excitement to Major League Baseball’s often long, slow August. Even the most casual of fans could appreciate the intermixing of baseball’s brightest stars and little leaguers converging in Williamsport.
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The game itself provided few fireworks: Cleveland topped the Angels 3-0, but having little leaguers fill the ballpark and gawk at your every move had the pros motivated. “It was almost more nerve-wracking throwing for a bunch of preteens than it is regularly,” said Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill via USA Today. “I hope they all see that it’s not that crazy, and they can probably do what we’re doing. We’re not that much older than them … I think this was a really cool dynamic.”
Williamsport’s unique atmosphere allows little leaguers the opportunity to sit front row and occasionally interact with their idols. The once-a-season experience wasn’t lost on Angels manager Joe Maddon: “The kids were into it with their little thunder sticks … I love that stuff. I want to congratulate MLB with the combination of Field of Dreams and this happening, we get to highlight our sport in a really good light.”
Slugger Mike Trout agreed, telling USA Today: “To see the kids’ reactions, that’s what it’s for. It’s probably every kid’s dream to meet Major League Baseball players. MLB has done a great job combining both of these, and it was a great experience.”
Major League Baseball has already announced a return to Williamsport for 2022. Historic Bowman Field will host the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox in a fan friendly ball game next August.