Saturday, April 19, 2008

Dignitaries Join SP Little Leaguers at Peck Park

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a longtime Dodger Stadium peanut vendor joined young ballplayers and their parents to celebrate refurbished fields at Peck Park.

The San Pedro Youth Sports Association organized the April 12 ceremony, which drew hundreds of Little League players from San Pedro teams.

The group originated in the 1980s and was recently re-activated. Its purpose is to advocate for improvements to public ballfields and to raise funds to sponsor players, said president John Delgado.

The association is collaborating with the Department of Recreation and Parks and the park advisory boards.

Mayor Villaraigosa addressed the cheering crowd, signed autographs, posed for pictures and threw peanuts alongside longtime Dodgers peanut man Morton Rose.

Thea Yodice, 10, sang the national anthem.

Mayor Villaraigosa and peanut man Morton Rose delivered the goods.

Villaraigosa received a certificate from president John Delgado. Dolores Canizales, center, represented Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

All eyes on First Pitcher Villaraigosa.

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