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New youth baseball league coming to Pensacola
A new youth baseball league is coming to Pensacola.
Today the pros came out to help fix up their field on West Jackson street.
As Christina Leavenworth shows us, the effort is about much more than playing a game.
They will play at Terry Wayne Park here at Jackson and K street.
Although it's used all the time, it's been run down for years. That's why the community came together to clean it up.
Fish McWilliams is spending his spring break helping paint the field... For good reason- he will be playing on it in a few weeks.
"Nobody ever took the time to do all this, its going to be amazing."
It wasn't just him out there, they got help from some pros, the Blue Wahoos staff took off from work, doing everything from raking, smoothing out the dirt, compacting it, painting a new field house, and essentially turning it into a real baseball field.
"This park has been here probably for 40 years, this is the most I've ever seen done and I greatly, greatly appreciate it."
Coach Anthony Tibbs will be coaching one of the teams, the Pensacola Pirates. He thinks it will be a game changer for the community.
"Baseball will, just giving them something to do, having a park to play at every day, will give them something to do, rather than be on the streets."
Most cities with Major League team already have RBI, but we will be one of few Minor League cities to sign on.
"It brings them together as a team, exposes them to positive adult role models."
That influence, already having a big impact on McWilliams.
"My coaches come out here and push us every day and get our mind right, make us do it to the best of our capability, when I step on the field, everything goes focused."
The new league will be batting at their new home field starting in April.
The RBI league stands for "reviving baseball in inner cities."
Pensacola will have eight teams and more than 100 players.