The fun and games continue for the Goodlettsville All-Stars.
For much of the summer, the emphasis was on the games as the team racked up tournament championships at the district, state and regional level. Then it won the United States championship at the Little League World Series before it fell to Japan in the title contest last Sunday.
In tribute to their achievements, the focus is on fun for the 11- to 13-year-olds who are being honored at games throughout Middle Tennessee.
The Nashville Sounds became the latest to announce plans to honor the Goodlettsville players and coaches. The Class AAA minor league team said it would honor the local Little Leaguers on Saturday at Greer Stadium.
“Over the past couple of weeks, these kids became national heroes in this great game," Sounds vice president and general manager Brad Tammen said. "As fans of theirs as well as the professional stewards of baseball in Middle Tennessee, Sounds staff and players are thrilled to share this evening in celebration of their achievement."
The Goodlettsville players will take part in batting practice with the Sounds players from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. They will tour the clubhouse, have a meet-and-greet with the Sounds, have dinner and then will be recognized prior to the first pitch, which will feature all 13 team members delivering a pitch at once.
The youngsters also will be introduced by position along with their Sounds counterparts as the professionals take the field. Nashville’s players will wear special black and teal uniforms similar to the ones Goodlettsville wore at the LLWS.
Goodlettsville’s players also will be available for autographs during a portion of the game, which begins at 6:35 p.m. Half-price tickets are available to Goodlettsville residents and businesses, with proof of residency.
"Our players are excited to meet and interact with the Little Leaguers," Sounds manager Mike Guerrero said. "We followed their championship run from the locker room during our recent road trip."
Vanderbilt will honor the Goodlettsville team Thursday at its season-opening football game against South Carolina.