Ump Malatesta disagrees with home plate ump Charlisa Megan during 3rd Annual
FCS World Series of Baseball.
Major League umpire Joe Malatesta came up with the idea to share the thrill of stepping up to the plate and playing America’s favorite pastime with those who rarely have a chance to get on base, he called it the World Series of Baseball for people with disabilities. So with the help of his friends, local business sponsors, and the people at Frontier Community Services (FCS) the first FCS World Series of Baseball was held in 2003. “It’s a great day for the Peninsula when so many people in the community step up to the plate to sponsor such a great event,” said Malatesta. All participants receive special recognition, “When you see the joy on the players faces when they receive their own glove, trophy or medal, you realize what baseball is really all about, and these are the things you treasure the rest of your life,” added Malatesta. The game also features a community picnic for the players and according to Malatesta some 300 are served annually thanks to folks like Leon Marcinkowski and his daughter who have barbequed Cook Inlet wild salmon each year. There was even some clowning around by professional balloon artist Laurie Netschert or T&L Entertainment who also got a chance to step up to the plate and run the bases.
Even the clowns got to play at FCS World Series of Baseball in Kenai.
While July 8th dawned under cloudy rain soaked skies, by the time the players took to the Kenai Little League field for the 3rd Annual FCS World Series of Baseball the sun broke through, at least in Kenai, and the event went ahead as scheduled. “It was a grand day for baseball at this world series where everybody gets to play and everybody is a winner. We couldn’t have done it without the wonderful collaboration of the Kenai Little League and the energy of Joe Malatesta, it’s a fun day and here on the field you get a sense of how the game of baseball started and what the game is really all about, what it means to step up to the plate, keep your eye on the ball, get on base, coming home and scoring in life, and we are glad to be able to share it with our clients and all the folks that came out to support us, ” said Ken Duff, FCS executive director and 3rd base coach for a day.
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