Say this for star Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis and her teammates on the Taney Dragons: they already understand the concept of tipping their caps to the crowd better than a number of big league players.
After Davis and the Dragons captured America’s attention during their run in this year’s Little League World Series, they received some well-deserved credit from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night in the form of a pregame ceremony.
The festivities included the chance to walk the field, having their name called to tip their cap, throwing out the first pitch, a Phillies jersey, a meeting with Ryan Howard and other members of the Phillies, and even a dance number with the Phillie Phanatic.
The mayor of Philadelphia was in the house and spoke. The aforementioned Howard also addressed the team, saying that they are the “epitome of Philadelphia” and noting that he felt like a kid again hanging around with them.
Each summer the Little League World Series takes over ESPN for a few weeks. Some find that to be boring and not worthy of their interest. Yes, it might be understandable that kids’ baseball is not at the top of the list of things to watch for many people, but if you ever needed a reminder of what the event can bring and why it receives so much attention, it came in the form of the Taney Dragons and the other great stories this summer.
You can check out video of the ceremony below, courtesy of MLB.com: