Uganda Little League players visited the Yankee Stadium in New York City yesterday.
Uganda Little league which was the first African team to advance to a Little League World Series met several Yankees, including Robinson Cano and Andy Pettitte, who demonstrated his weight-lifting routine for them, and saw the amenities that make even other major league players stare in amazement.
They had just traveled north from Philadelphia, where they visited Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, and went directly to the Stadium.
“I just tried to show them around a little bit, spent some time with them,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a wonderful story. It takes everyone back to your Little League days. To watch what these kids have accomplished, talking to their coaches, none of them had ever seen an airplane before or ever traveled before, and for them to accomplish what they have is truly amazing. It’s a bunch of kids that really just started to play the game, and to be able to make it to the World Series and to be able to compete at a very high level is truly remarkable.
“It was a thrill for me to meet them because I think, from a human-interest story, we were all excited to watch them play and to see their athleticism. I was talking about the first baseman, the relay throw that he made in one of the games. It was amazing. He basically went out and took the ball from the right fielder and winged it home and made a pretty good throw. So they were fun to watch.” said the yankee manager