While the rest of the Yankees were suiting up for their flight to Los Angeles, CC Sabathia put on regular street clothes after today’s game. He’s heading to his old Little League field to throw out a ceremonial first pitch tonight. Sabathia has remained remarkably involved in the local Little League program, and he helped to rebuild the field about a year and a half ago. Here’s the information from the Yankees.
New York Yankees pitcher and Vallejo native CC Sabathia, who underwrote the rebuilding of North Vallejo Little League’s Thurmon Field through his PitCCh In Foundation, will return to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the North Vallejo Little League Spring Classic on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:05 p.m. The facility is located at the corner of Whitney Ave. and Mini Drive in Vallejo. The game is presented by Pepsi, All Star Rents, and Toro Mowers.
Festivities prior to the game between the Yankees and the Cardinals of NVLL’s Majors Division will include a mini baseball fanfest for all to enjoy.
“This game represents the achievement of another major milestone in the 43 year history of North Vallejo Little League and our PitCCh In Foundation,” explained Sabathia. “I certainly look forward to it and will enjoy the change of pace for me to be able to take in a night game in my home town in the middle of the Major League Baseball season and not be in uniform.”
Over 350 youth enjoyed this year’s All Star Baseball Clinic presented by the PitCCh in Foundation last January and a record number of youngsters signed up to play little league.
The efforts to revitalize the field culminated in late January 2010 with the opening of a new field that includes new irrigation; new infield dirt; new bases, pitching rubber and home plate; new dugouts; a black vinyl coated chain link fence, and 37,000 square feet of new sod. Adjoining the field is also a new snack bar.
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