If you build it, they will come... More young baseball players and celebrities are gracing the outdoor recreation complex, known as the field of dreams on Hamilton Road. On Monday, Dorchester resident and baseball star Chris Robinson was on hand as some of the top names from Toronto Blue Jays history attended a media event and clinic for young baseball fans.
“It’s one of the best baseball fields I’ve seen,” said Jays Care Foundation executive director Robert Witchel.
Former superstar second baseman Roberto Alomar said the kids who use the new baseball diamond should consider themselves lucky to be able to play in a facility like the one in Dorchester and they should take advantage of an opportunity he didn’t have while growing up.
He also said it’s important to have fun while playing the game and that one of the lessons to be learned from the sport is that you have to believe in yourself.
He himself is thankful for being part of the Blue Jays organization and having a chance to give something back to the game of baseball. Duane Ward, Lloyd Moseby and Devon White also participated.
Mayor Jim Maudsley thanked the Jays Care Foundation for their $100,000 grant to help cover the approximate $340,000 price tag for installing stadium lighting so that the diamond could be used later in the evening. It is believed that the addition of lights last year has helped increase registration for local youth sporting groups. He explained how only 30 acres of land of the 60 acres has been developed, with the possibility of twinning the existing facility as the need arises.
Robinson and Adam Stern were commended on lending their expertise to the park. Witchel pointed out that the batting cage is just like the one at the Rogers Centre, the Jays’ home field in Toronto.
“It’s a great sport for some of those life skills that you need in your life,” Witchel pointed out. “One of the most important things for you to learn is that you never give up.”
He mentioned how important it is that kids get out and play, rather than play a computer game.
The former Blue Jays will be back at the complex Wednesday through Friday to take part in a Blue Jays Baseball Academy Honda Super Camp. One of the many other events taking place at the facility over the summer is a major league baseball scouting camp on August 11.