Football town loves Little League Baseball right now.
Warner Robins, a city of about 60,000 residents 20 minutes south of Macon, gets behind its successful sports teams. By Wednesday, signs in front of businesses on the town’s east-west main drags of Richard B. Russell Parkway and Watson Boulevard were already reflecting their support. Walker says $32,000 had been committed through donations to help pay for the team’s travel expenses.
By Friday, caravans with dozens of locals will have made the 14-hour drive to Williamsport to watch Warner Robins play Lake Oswego, Ore., in the first round. League president Roman Jones guesses up to 200 fans, including immediate family members, will be there for the game.
“This is the biggest youth event that I know of and our team is in it,” said Phillip Johnson, a WRALL official who has two younger sons playing in the league. “That’s enough of a reason for me. I’m gonna be there.”
And with all of the games expected to be broadcast on ESPN, many locals will be tuned in. If Warner Robins makes it through pool play, there are plans to have the games shown on a big screen in the Robins Air Force Base’s Museum of Aviation theater.
“I’ll watch ’em. Record ’em. And watch ’em again,” Walker, the mayor, said.
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