Created: 08/01/2014 5:27 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Every year, Ricketts Park in Farmington comes alive for one week. On a baseball diamond where many greats have played you will find some of the best amateur baseball players in the country.
This year the Connie Mack World Series is celebrating a big milestone in Farmington. For 50 years, thousands of fans greet the players and catch a game at the ball park. For locals and players, it's a big deal.
From a flatbed trailer, decorated for the parade and being pulled through downtown Farmington, Joe Heineman screams, "We are number one baby, DBAT let's go!!"
Heineman plays for DBAT-Leach, representing the National Qualifier. The team is named for the team's sponsor, D-BAT, Inc., based in Carrolton, TX and its coach, Pat Leach. There are two D-BAT teams in the World Series.
From the hundreds of fans lined up along the parade route on Friday morning, to restaurants feeding the hungry masses, Farmington pulls out all the stops for this week.
"We order extra food, extra staff, extra you know, we try to have it all on hand and prep work and ready to go," said Carrie West of The Spare Rib BBQ Co.
"Farmington is on the map to begin with, but this gives it more to talk about more to do and more to see," said Alfred Abeita.
Abeita says he has seen 49 Connie Mack World Series and hopes to see many more.
For businesses, this is a shot in the arm
"This is one of the biggest weeks of the year," said West.
Even though West's BBQ joint is just down the street from Ricketts Park, she says all the businesses in town benefit.
"I think you can tell by when you drive down the street and you see everybody has their signs for you know, 'Welcome Connie Mack'," she said.
For long time fans--
"I just love it," said Abeita.
And the players--
"It means everything, this is a great town, I love the people here," shouted Heineman.
Opening ceremonies are Friday night between games and appearances by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Ken Griffey Jr., as well as the unavailing of a new mascot are expected.
Connie Mack World Series games continue through Friday August 8th.