KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With a snap of a ribbon, RBI director David James put another Major League Baseball All-Star Game legacy project into motion.
On Friday, the group which fosters baseball in urban areas cut the ribbon on newly-upgraded fields at Cleveland Park in Kansas City, Missouri, thanks to a $50,000 gift from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and some additional help from Sports Turf Management.
Following the ceremony, the park's four renovated fields played host to the Jr. RBI Classic tournament.
LaToyia Gomez, whose daughter plays softball at the facility, says the upgrades are a welcomed change.
"Normally it's trashy, you have to go out there and clean, we've been out there cutting grass too," said Gomez. "(Now you can) sit here, be a fan and relax and don't have to worry about nothing. I like that."
The players also favor the fields, but may not understand the long-term ramifications. Moms and Dads and the folks who made the donation hope the kids will catch on at some point.
"The lessons these kids learn playing baseball and softball is going to last with he rest of their lives and we're all about creating good ball players and also creating major league citizens," said James.
"This right here keeps them active, motivated, keeps them off the streets from doing something they don't need to be doing," said Gomez. "This is great, I love it."