When it comes to the sport of baseball, it’s impossible to keep true fans of the game away from it for too long. Just ask former Washington Nationals second baseman, Brian Dozier.
Dozier recently started coaching in a fun-filled local neighborhood sandlot league, in Kingsmill, Mississippi, called “The Sac.”
“During this time when everything is kind of uncomfortable, it’s been pretty special,” Dozier told Lexi Hughes of Hattiesburg’s WDAM-TV.
The Sac, according to the report, was created by Oak Grove parent, and former University of Mississippi outfielder, Joe Ignatius, as a haven for local neighborhood kids to stay active, compete, but most importantly have fun.
Some much needed wholesome content. A neighborhood in Oak Grove has transformed a cul-de-sac into the most epic game of sandlot baseball. Stories like this remind me how lucky I am to call this work. pic.twitter.com/jY6ZE49swU
— Lexi Hughes (@LexiHughesTV) May 18, 2020
“One day I woke up and asked my wife: ‘Hey, what if I painted the infield?'” Ignatius said.
The league is split into two teams: The Bandits, which is the all-boys team, and the TikTokers which is the all-girls team.
“It teaches kids how to fail, which I love,” Dozier told the news station. “They come back the next day, eager to try to win and get better.”
While fun is the goal, don’t think there aren’t any stakes up for grabs.
According to the report, the TikTokers and the Bandits plan to hold a seven-game series to crown a champion. The winner gets to hold Dozier’s 2019 Washington Nationals World Series trophy replica. Pretty cool stuff.
Dozier, 33, batted .238/.340/.430 with 20 homers and 20 doubles for the Nationals last year, before signing with the San Diego Padres this offseason.
“I look out my front window and I see what’s happening here,” Ignatius said. “I think we’re doing okay as a country.”
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