Cubs catcher Soto pitches in for Little Leaguers

August 4, 2010 4:43:15 AM PDT
For almost every little boy and some little girls playing ball against major leaguers is a dream. And for some Humboldt Park kids, that dream came true thanks to Geovany Soto. Little Cubs Field in Humboldt Park is the ultimate field of dreams for Little Leaguers. And on Tuesday morning Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto showed up to give out a few tips-- and to thank his father.

"My dad took me everywhere ... anyone was giving clinics. You know, I went to my share of clinics, and now that I have the opportunity to give back I'm doing it," said Soto.

Kids learned to hit, run the bases and field. Pitching tips came from former Cub Mike Bielecki, who's a big believer in pitching with the brain as well as the arm.

"If you go ball one and no strikes the hitters hit about .300 off of you. So you always want to get a strike one. It's the most important pitch in baseball," said Bielecki.

"It was really fun, because I've never really seen major leaguers before but today was the first day I have," said Elijah Roman, Little Leaguer.

"When I work with the community I love children... you know just come out and reach out," said Soto.

The Cubs lost 18-1 last night, but for Soto, Tuesday was a whole new ballgame.

"It'll lift you up just being here with the youth," said Soto. "It's just another reminder of why we play. I mean, it's a game, it's an extension of your childhood."

"I had fun because this was my first time playing with major leaguers ...because I'm usually playing with little kids," said Xavier Hernandez, Little Leaguer.


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