Baseball season opened in Smith Park with traditional parade

Date: 
06/09/2019
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Wells High School Junior ROTC presented colors

Once again the Smith Park Baseball Season started with toots from a fire engine and an occasion wail of a police siren as officials from different government agencies, residents, parents and young people paraded "around the block" that encompasses Smith Park, 2526 W Grand Ave.

Prior to the first "batter up," a short program was kicked off by Wells High School Junior ROTC students presenting the colors.

Smith Park Advisory Council President David Ramos then introduced a series of officials who encouraged everyone to enjoy the whole summer: Alonzo Williams, Program Director, Chicago Park District; Luis Arroyo Jr., 8th District Cook County Commissioner; Daniel Hernandez, Smith Park Supervisor; Lieutenant Timmreck, Chicago Fire Department, Engine 57 at Western and Division; and Lieutenant Zaber, 12th District Police Department.

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David Ramos, Luis Arroyo, Lieutenant Zaber and Lieutenant Timmreck

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David Ramos hands Joe De La Rosa the official game ball with Daniel Hernandez on the right

Joe De La Rosa, who has coached the Cubs baseball team at Smith Park for 23 years was given a special honor and the opportunity to pitch the first ball from the mound.

After some snacks on the cloudy June 1 day, the games and season began for the 180 families that are signed-up for this year's program which ends mid-August.

"It is the biggest program in the Central Region," said Ramos. "Families come from all over the City to participate in this summer of baseball and it's why we have put so much investment into the field."

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