ballpark of palm beach
By: Jossi De La Torre
PALM BEACH— Season after season, Perfect Game Youth Florida takes up the challenge of hosting tournaments in the most refined facilities throughout the state. This past Fourth of July weekend, PGYFL hosted the PGBA Tucci Palm Beach Classic in West Palm Beach, Florida. 13u, 16u and 18u players and coaches gathered in the newly renovated fields at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. This facility consists of a stadium that seats over 6,000 fans, seven multi-sports fields and most importantly eight baseball fields. The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches host MLB Spring Training for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals along with their associated minor league teams.
Throughout the weekend, PGYFL Reporting was able to gain feedback in regard to how players and coaches felt playing and coaching in such impeccable fields. Seventeen-year-old catcher and outfielder Thomas De Vito of Team GGI, expressed his true appreciation for the facility. He believes that playing in facility where MLB players like Bryce Harper train, is inspiring and motivating.
When asked, “How does playing on a such a good surface feel,” De Vito expressed the change in the texture of the surface is a bit rougher but he truly admired the height of the fences enclosing the field. De Vito also communicated that, “The fields are beautiful and I couldn’t ask for a better place to play at.”
Throughout the weekend various minor league players were in close vicinity to the youth allowing them to become aware of their spring routine. This exposure carried great influence on the youth players by providing them with an illustration for how their future might turn out to be with hard work and dedication. De Vito thought it was “pretty cool and makes me want to work harder so that I can be there one day.”
Pitcher and Center Fielder, Raphel Ramos of FTB Figueroa 13u, expressed the amazing sensation of having the opportunity to play in a facility where professional players train.
“Feels awesome to be step on the same field as MLB players” Ramos said. Like De Vito, Ramos feels more motivated to play better and harder so that one day he may be part of one of the greatest teams. Ramos believes that the experience in playing in the same area as minor leaguers allows him to, “follow the same footsteps and make my family happy.”
Lastly, President and coach of West Coast 9 Devils, Dwayne Strong, expressed his experience coaching his players at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches by stating that, “playing in such a nice surface always excites the players.” Strong has been coaching baseball for over a decade and believes strongly in molding young boys into decent baseball players but mostly importantly good citizens.
Perfect Game Youth Florida will always seek to surround each coach, player, parent and fan with only the best environment that promotes growth and appreciation to such an astounding sport. It is evident that having an encouraging ambiance inspires players and coaches to push themselves and each other to become just like the professional players that were alongside them at the striking Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.