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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – For some $20,000 may not be a lot of money, including a lot of men playing Major league baseball. But that amount of cash means almost everything to a group of little leaguers in Arlington.
Days after a woman they trusted with their money was arrested for allegedly stealing it some of those young peoples baseball idols stepped up to the plate to help them out.
The youngsters were among the fans streaming into Rangers Ballpark, on a key night for a team fighting for the playoffs. In spite of the pressure, the Rangers found a place to seat the kids and parents from southeast Arlington.
Attending Wednesday night’s game was especially poignant because for this group, the Ballpark in Arlington could very well be the only place they’ll hear the words “play ball” this fall.
Little league player J.T. Pellman said, “Nobody was really expecting it to happen. We were just there and things happen, and we can’t play ball.”
When the league’s bank accounts were emptied, its fall season had to be cancelled.
The fields are bare in the park where they should be playing. The bleachers are empty and the scoreboard is off.
One adult said the situation the children were put in is heartbreaking. “It was every tough to tell them. Some of ‘em understood… some of ‘em didn’t.”
Rangers players Derek Holland, Joe Nathan, and Elvis Andrus heard about the loss. The group combined their own money with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and donated $20,000 to the league.
CBS 11 asked a lot of kids what it meant to have their heroes help them out. Most of the kids didn’t say much, but they didn’t have to. You could just see there were just happy to be around baseball again. This time men who make millions playing it saved a kid’s game.
Little league board member Brian Corneil said, “It means everything to us and most of all it means so much to the kids. You see it in their eyes, when they come out there and see there’s still baseball around them and so forth. It’s moving.”
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