An all-star team from the West Boynton Little League will play in the Southeast regional tournament this weekend in Georgia in hopes of attaining a coveted Little League World Series berth in South Williamsport, Pa.
Another Florida team, from Dunedin, made it to Williamsport back in 1991. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, played on that team, which won the South region before being knocked out by a California team in the quarterfinals.
DeSantis, a potential 2018 candidate for governor or attorney general, was asked today if he had any advice for the West Boynton players.
“I would just say you’re having the time of your life, enjoy it. Those are friends that you’re going to have forever. Play hard, work hard…just feel lucky that you’re doing it. And thank your parents,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis went on to play baseball at Yale. He has also played at Nationals Park in Washington as part of the Republican congressional team. But he said the most awestruck he’s been by his baseball surroundings was when he stepped onto the field at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport 26 years ago.
“I remember the grandeur,” DeSantis said. “It’s one of the most fantastic facilities that I’ve ever been to.”
This time around, campaign spokeswoman Karen Giorno said late Monday, the campaign had tried to make the event happen but wasn’t able to synchronize with all the leaders on short notice. She said Trump will try again at another date.
Trump still is set to appear Tuesday, along with Gov. Rick Scott, at a private, no press, fundraising reception and dinner at Trump National Doral golf resort, west of Miami.
There’s a chance protestors will show.
“I wouldn’t be surprised,” Giorno said. “Anywhere he goes there’s protestors. They’re not going to get on property if they do.”
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