CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Tennessee Express returned Monday tonight.
The teens traveled to Cincinnati to take part in the R.B.I. World Series.
That stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities.
The team worked extremely hard to become the first Tennessee Express team to ever play in the R.B.I. World Series.
Assistant Coach Keith Landecker explained, “I mean this was amazing. This was one of the most amazing experiences these guys could have ever been, and they did it together. So they’re going to be family forever. Hahaha, yea.”
The Tennessee Express competed against 23 teams from all over the country in the baseball classic hosted by the Cincinnati Reds.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred attended this year’s World Series Championship game Monday afternoon.
He spoke about the extremely successful youth initiative for MLB. Manfred said, “It’s the single most important thing that we’re doing,” Manfred said. “This is part of a larger initiative that we refer to as Play Ball, and it’s directed in ensuring that baseball gets passed on to the next generation so that we have fans like we have today 20 years from now. It’s about our future.”
The Tennessee Express competed with the Senior Boys Teams. They included, Dominican Republic South RBI, Milwaukee Brewers/Greater Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club RBI, Cincinnati Reds RBI, Harrisburg (PA) RBI, Passaic (NJ) RBI, Houston Astros RBI and Arizona RBI.
Passaic and Arizona competed in the Championship game Monday, which Arizona won.
Learn more about Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities.