Mets and Phillies to face off in 2018 Little League Classic
The Mets and Phillies will be the teams to face off in the Little League Classic in 2018
Which seems fitting for two teams that played a lot like little leaguers this year. The event will be an annual game featuring two rival teams. Taking place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, it featured the Pirates against the Cardinals this year. Set for August 19, 2018 the Mets and Phillies will be the next two teams to continue this new tradition.
"“The interactions throughout the day between the Major League Players and Little Leaguers was something that those involved will remember forever,”"
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Of all the things Robert Manfred has done for the game, this is one that I can wholeheartedly get behind. These young kids admire and emulate their favorite big league players. So the opportunity to get to see them this close and personal will do wonders for their development. It’s easy for Little Leaguers to bat flip because they saw Yoenis Cespedes do it. It’s better for them to get to know these players and see that there’s more than just the on-field heroics that make them so great.
I think having this always set as a rivalry game is perfect as well. It only emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship for young players going forward. It seems like a great cause all around if even Mr. Jeff Wilpon can agree:
"“We support the Commissioner’s Play Ball iniaitive to reach the next generation of players and fans and our entire organization is looking forward to the experience.”"
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As for the Mets, I’d like to think by August next year they’ll either have a healthy lead in the NL East or be in the chase for one. Even with the Phillies upcoming young core this could be a fun competitive match up come August.