Kids run the bases, with special guests

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
http://www.twitter.com/castrovince

DAN37526.jpgIf you thought the Indians’ lineup looked young, you should see the kids running the bases after Sunday home games.

But the kids who ran the bases after yesterday’s game had a special treat waiting for them… and not just the free ice cream sandwiches and popsicles provided by Pierre’s.

Several members of the Tribe were on the basepaths to greet the kids as they darted from base to base. Participants on Sunday were manager Manny Acta, first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Jake Westbrook, Carlos Santana, Chris Gimenez, Frank Herrmann and owner Larry Dolan and his wife, Eva. They cheered the youngsters on and doled out high fives to each of them.

This was only the beginning, as the Indians plan to do this at each Sunday home game from here on out this season.

For a small-market team trying to win games and win over fans, this was really a nice touch – a few extra minutes at the ballpark that go a long way. Many of those kids will remember that experience for the rest of their lives.

And those that won’t probably appreciated the ice cream, all the same.

~AC

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