The second annual MLB Little League Classic played Sunday night at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa., featured the National League East Rival New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.
Earlier in the day, the Mets and Phillies players visited the Little League International complex. During that time, the teams watched some Little League Baseball® World Series action, visited Major League Baseball’s Play Ball Park, and tour the Creighton J. Hale International Grove, the housing complex that the World Series teams call home for the two-week tournament.
The trip was a reunion of sorts for Mets’ third baseman Todd Frazier, who won the Little League Baseball World Series in 1998 as a member of the Toms River (N.J.) East American Little League. Several of Todd’s Little League teammates were in hand to celebrate Todd’s return to Williamsport.
Frazier’s teammate Michael Conforto; and the Phillies’ Scott Kingery are also LBWS alums, and the trio where honored with one-of-a-kind commemorative portraits during an in-field ceremony.
Hours after reliving their childhood highlights, Frazier, Conforto, Kingery and their teammates thrilled the crowd of Little Leaguers, volunteers, guests over nine innings of big league ball.
MLB Classic Timeline
7:45am – Todd Frazier and his family arrive at the World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum in South Williamsport.
8:10am – Mr. Frazier’s children run in the “home to first” exhibit
8:15am – Mr. Frazier helps to unveil the 2018 Canon Photo Contest Winners.
8:40am – Mr. Frazier walks to the Canon Photo Meet & Greet at the Little League Baseball® World Series’ Family Fun Zone on Little League® International Complex.
10:45am – Commissioner Rob Manfred (center), and Stephen D. Keener, Little League International CEO (left), arrive at the Little League® International Complex.
11:10am – Commissioner Manfred walks to Howard J. Lamade Stadium to watch the game featuring the Mid-Atlantic Region Champions from Mid Island Little League and Southwest Region Champions Post Oak Little League.
12:30pm – Philadelphia Phillies at the Little League International complex in South Williamsport, Pa. The Philly Phanatic is first off the bus with Granville Little Leaguers (Midwest Region Champions; Des Moines, Iowa), greeted by Commissioner Manfred, and members of the Australia Region and Southeast Region Champions from (Gulf Coast and Peachtree City, Ga., Little Leagues).
12:55pm – The New York Mets arrive in lot behind Volunteer Stadium. Mr. Met is the first off the bus with New England Region champions from Coventry (R.I.) Little League. The was greeted by Granville Little League and the Northwest Region Champions Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) Little League, and Canada Region champions from Whalley Little League.
1pm – The Philadelphia Phillies team introduced at Volunteer Stadium prior to Japan vs. Latin America game. The Major leaguers exchanged high-fives with Little League players as they are introduced.
1:10-1:15pm – The Mets and Phillies sit with Little Leaguers and sign autographs, while watching the Japan vs. Latin America game
1:45 – The Mets are introduced at Howard J. Lamade Stadium prior to West Region vs. Great Lakes Region game. As the players are introduced, the Big Leaguers and Little Leaguers exchange high-fives.
1:55 – Former Little League Baseball World Series players Scott Kingery, Michael Conforto, and Todd Frazier are introduced and presented with one-of-a-kind portraits.
2:00 – Todd Frazier throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Alfred “Big Al,” Delia from the New Jersey State Little League champions.
2:05pm – Mets’ Todd Frazier, Michael Conforto, and Phillie Kingery are interviewed by members of the media during a joint press conference.
2:20pm – Todd Frazier joins ESPN’s Carl Ravech and Kyle Peterson in the Dennis Lewin Broadcast Booth at Howard J. Lamade
2:45pm – Commissioner Manfred, Little League CEO Stephen D. Keener join Carl Ravech and Kyle Peterson in the Dennis Lewin Broadcast Booth at Howard J. Lamade
2:45-3:15pm – Philadelphia’s Jake Arrieta, and other Phillies players attend the West Region vs. Great Lakes Region game at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.