Updated: 08/01/2014 10:47 PM |
Created: 08/01/2014 10:40 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
In a small corner of New Mexico is one of the biggest baseball events in the country.
Farmington has hosted the Connie Mack World Series for the past 50 years and every year it puts Farmington on the map.
Young baseball players from around the country get a chance to show their best. Possibly catch a scout's eye and even meet some of baseball's best.
From the minute these players arrive they are treated like royalty. They get a police escort from the airport and even a downtown parade, but they're not staying in five star hotels. For a touch of hometown Farmington the players are set up with a host family during the week.
"What makes it so unique, is how the people of Farmington open their homes to welcome all the players of the different teams. And they stay in their homes, as their guests. And New Mexican's make them part of their family," said Gov. Susana Martinez.
Major leaguers like Griffey, Muser, Harlow, Larkin, and Ward all played here.
"It's an opportunity to play against some of the best young talent in the country," said Ken Griffey, Jr.
Every year this New Mexico community rallies around Ricketts Park to see some great baseball and maybe catch a glimpse of a future major leaguer.