Little League, Big Dreams
It's a dream come true for a group of kids in San Joaquin. For the first time the local little league is getting the chance to travel. It may not seem like a big deal, but for the kids in the small, rural town, it means everything.
The team doesn't have uniforms or even cleats, but the kids on the San Joaquin Indians team said when you're a team you don't always need fancy gear.
"You can feel it. You can feel it in your heart how much you love to play baseball," said Rene Lua, first baseman for the San Joaquin Indians.
The 13-year-old said he dreams of one day playing in the big leagues.
Now for the first time ever, Lua and the rest on the San Joaquin little league roster have a chance to go out and take on other teams.
Travel is expensive, and the rural little league hasn't been able to afford it, so the kids have always had to settle, playing one another.
Head coach, Mathew Miller hopes to change all that.
"You want to travel and show the world you know how to play baseball?" Miller asked the team, who enthusiastically cheered in response.
"They gave me this opportunity and I'm going to knock it out of the park," Miller said. Adding, "I want to give these kids everything they deserve."
For Lua, baseball isn't about fancy gear, it's about passion.
"All you need to play baseball is a ball, a bat, and a glove. That's all," Lua said.
"Baseball makes me a better person because I'm off the streets. My mind is in the game. You hear all the fans going crazy. All our teammates and coaches saying 'good job.' It' just feels so good.
In order to travel like a typical little league team, the team needs the gear to do it. Balls, bats, bags, and of course, matching uniforms.
A car wash will be held Saturday April 27, 2013 starting at 9am at the Casa Mia Shopping Center in San Joaquin.
All money raised will help support the community's first local traveling circuit team.