BRADENTON - Monday night, late into the night, the Bradenton Marauders baseball team lost a 19-inning marathon to the Tampa Yankees. But Wednesday, coaches and players were on the field to begin the annual Marauders baseball camp for kids. ABC 7 was there too.
The Marauders players and coaches become camp counselors for 3 days every summer for this baseball camp. They know that even more than instruction, these kids just appreciate being around professional ballplayers.
"It’s overwhelming. When I was in their shoes, it was always fun to come to a camp and talk to professional guys, and just have a good time with them," says marauders pitcher Zac Fuesser.
Hitting, pitching and fielding tutelage is being given to more than 120 campers. They not only get the coaching, but they get lunch afterwards, too. It’s tough to beat playing baseball for most of the day, and improving your skills while you are doing it. "Well, I mean it's a once in a lifetime chance opportunity…it’s just amazing,” says camper Logan Krepop.
Marauders manager Frank Kremblas gets out there with his players to pass on the great game of baseball. He sees kids that are more polished than when he was this age. So, he and his players increase their fan base, and grow the game at the same time.
"It’s great because the players sometimes they see these kids out here and realize where they came from. What it was like then. They get a little too serious from the standpoint of the day-to-day grind and it can be tough on them. I think it will good for them to see the little kids running around and see how they used to be. Loosen 'em up a little and help them play better," says Kremblas.
ABC 7 is a proud sponsor of the Marauders Baseball Camp,and recently gave away two spots to the Marauders Baseball Camp. Congratulations go out to our winners, Sam Ottman of Osprey and Evan Mitchell of Bradenton.