Posted at: 07/06/2013 12:32 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The Isotopes’ smallest fans took to the field for a special day camp.
Today the kids aren’t fans they were Isotopes players, training alongside the guys they cheer on from the stands.
"It's more exercise than I've had in days," said Austin Delay, 7.
Some still couldn’t believe their luck.
“It's really cool to be out on the field the actual ballpark," said Owen Sinkus who’s almost 8 years old.
More than a hundred kids took part in the Isotopes’ Youth Skills Clinic.
They went through seven stations from conditioning to pitching.
The best part for some: learning from 11 players and coaches.
Some proud parents also looked on.
Claudia Andrick of Rio Rancho kept an eye on #7, her son Christopher who’s looks forward to the clinic every summer.
"He thinks it's pretty amazing actually to be playing with them because he sees them when they're out here playing the real games and he kind of feels in awe sometimes I think when he's out here with them,” said Andrick. “He's a little shy so he won't approach them very easily; he just likes to be around them."
The Isotopes have about three of these day camps a year.
The team hopes baseball clinics like these teach kids about more than just baseball.
"The best thing about baseball and sports in general is teaching people about teamwork, working with others, communication being part of a bigger thing,” said John Traub, Isotopes’ General Manager.
And that’s a lesson that goes well beyond the field.
There’s another Youth Skills Clinic coming up.
It’s scheduled for Saturday, August 10th.
It costs $50 and includes lunch.