CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago’s Clear Ridge baseball team received a ‘hero's welcome’ on Sunday morning, a day after beating a team from Australia to become the Senior League World Series champions.
After a long tournament, a long bus ride, and the flight home, team manager Mark Robinson reflected on his club's road to the title while looking forward to the spoils that lay ahead.
"We started this journey two months ago, this is where we wanted to end up and everything else that comes after that is awesome," said Robinson.
Hundreds of fans poured into Hale Park to celebrate their hometown champs.
Many of the players on the Clear Ridge team have been together for more than a decade, sharing the diamond since they were six years old. For them this title is as much about their coach as it about their teammates. Team members referred to Robinson as a mentor, second father and all around special guy.
Their skipper was quick to shower his players with all the credit for bringing home a world championship.
"My job is easy because I just pull out the lineup. They’re the ones that have to go out and produce and do what they're told and they did, they did a great job," added Robinson.