AS PART OF THE CENTENNIAL YEAR CELEBRATIONS OF AMATEUR BASEBALL IN TORONTO, THE TORONTO BASEBALL ASSOCIATION AND THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS BASEBALL CLUB INVITED SIXTEEN ROOKIE BALL SELECT TEAMS TO PLAY A GAME ON THE BIG LEAGUE FIELD AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE JAYS & ORIOLES GAMECollage Pictures courtesy of Sam Lam.
Our 2013 Toronto Playgrounds Rookie Ball Select Team had an opportunity to be part of the Major League Baseball experience this evening.
As a part of the centennial celebrations of amateur baseball in the City of Toronto, the Toronto Baseball Association (TBA) and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club teamed up to invite sixteen Rookie Ball select teams from across the city to play a game on the big league diamond at Rogers Centre after the conclusion of the Jays and Orioles game on Saturday.
With the roof closed and a coterie of parents, family, and friends cheering them on from the stands, the invited teams took the field to play in eight games scheduled between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the vast artificial turf surface.
Our Rookie Ball Selects players and coaches took on Leaside 2 in the 9:00 p.m. session. Needless to say that they had a grand ole time on the big league surface. And…yes, our Rookie Ball Selects took care of business and defeated Leaside.
In addition, many of out players and parents also attended the major league game between the Blue Jays and Orioles beforehand.
In a postgame interview, TBA President Dave Black said that all the participating select teams had a whale of a time playing on the big league field and that the special event went off without a hitch and was successfully staged with expert precision.
“And at the end of the day, it wasn’t just the players and parents who actually enjoyed the event, it was all our hard working volunteer coaches who enjoyed the overall experience even more.”