It’s time to root, root, root for the home teams and celebrate our hometown heroes with the Lemon Grove Little League opening day festival Saturday at the Nichals Street field.
The community event draws a crowd of thousands each year to watch as players return to the field and a local dignitary throws out the first pitch of the season. Councilman Howard Cook, a former Lemon Grove Little League player, did the honors in 2011, and Superintendent Ernie Anastos took to the mound in 2012.
Keep your eyes open for the San Diego Padres at this year’s celebration.
In addition, the Lemon Grove Little League will pay tribute to the Senior League All-Stars, who competed in the 2012 World Series in Bangor, Maine, and brought home the national championship.
Festivities include plenty of kid-friendly games and activities, like laser tag and jumpies. Food vendors, including the ever-popular Coop’s West Texas Barbeque, will be on hand. A DJ will provide musical entertainment throughout the day.
A $10 donation will get you admission to all the attractions, plus a hot dog, chips and soda for lunch.
Opening Day celebrations start at 11 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Little League field, 7800 Nichals St.