Golden Grizzlies youth baseball team prepares for Cooperstown

Team is asking for donations to help with tournament cost

Posted 1/8/19

MLB players Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and recent World Series champion David Price have all played at the Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament in New York. “It’s the Disneyland of baseball. Kids get …

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Golden Grizzlies youth baseball team prepares for Cooperstown

Team is asking for donations to help with tournament cost

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MLB players Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and recent World Series champion David Price have all played at the Cooperstown Dreams Park Tournament in New York.

“It’s the Disneyland of baseball. Kids get to go there and be superstars, and for some of them, it might be the last time they get to be superstars,” said Marcos Trujillo, the head coach of the Golden Grizzlies, a youth baseball team.

The tournament features over 100 teams of 12-year-old baseball players across the country, and this June, the Golden Grizzlies will compete in the tournament and represent the Golden Junior Baseball Association. Along with competing in the tournament, the players will have the opportunity to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Golden Grizzlies’ first base coach Brady Stroup said the fields in Cooperstown are perfectly groomed and are nothing like the fields they play at in Golden.

“These kids can hit homeruns there, and they’re really excited about that. It’s the largest little kid tournament in the country,” Stroup said. “It’s a big deal. We’re going to be playing against some of the top teams in the country.”

Jackie McBroom, the head coach of Golden High School’s baseball team, has been an advocate for Golden youth baseball and has worked with some of the players for the Grizzlies. He said he’s a big believer in giving back to the community, and baseball is a way that he does that.

“One thing I love about Golden is the community. (The players) grow up together, play baseball together and build relationships along the way,” McBroom said.

Reid Pleuss, a third basemen and outfielder for the Grizzlies, said traveling to Cooperstown would be a unique experience for him and his team, because they would get to play in the fields at Cooperstown.

“It’s going to mean a lot to me. I’m really excited and it’s a new experience for my team and I,” Pleuss said.

The trip to Cooperstown will cost each player more than $1,000, and the team is asking for donations to help the players make the trip. Tax-deductible donations can be made by contacting rowens16@icloud.com.

We’re ready to bring Golden up to the rest of the world and New York,” said Trujillo. “We have a group of kids who are really talented and work hard. We want to make sure they have something awesome to take with them for the rest of their lives.”

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