Little Leaguers meet Big Leaguers in Phila. Taney Dragons' Mo'ne Davis (3) meets with Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard (6) before a tribute to celebrate the youth team's accomplishments during the Little League World Series. Davis made the cover of Sports Illustrated, at left (- AP photos)
Little Leaguers meet Big Leaguers in Phila.
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The 13-year-old star female pitcher, Mo'ne Davis, and her Taney Dragons teammates who thrilled Philadelphians and many others at the Little League World Series got to meet their favorite major league team Wednesday night.

The Philadelphia Phillies hosted a tribute to the team at Citizens Bank Park. Their game against the Washington Nationals started 28 minutes late because of the festivities. The Dragons walked through a procession onto the field and were greeted by the Phillies.

All 12 members of the Dragons threw out ceremonial first pitches simultaneously to Phillies players.

Earlier, the Dragons received champions' treatment with a downtown parade. Thousands cheered the Dragons and Davis, who made it onto the cover of Sports Illustrated.

"A lot of people were here," she told WPVI-TV. "I didn't think that many people would be here, but it was nice."

"Who turned out is what I'm so taken aback by," team Manager Alex Rice said. "You start in town with office workers and it just got better and better as it went down Broad Street."

The Dragons represented the mid-Atlantic region in the World Series. They won their first two games before being eliminated, losing to Las Vegas and to eventual U.S. champion Chicago.

Mo'ne became the first female pitcher to win a game in the series' 68-year history. Her last start drew record-setting TV ratings for the series.

"They did a good job of bringing the city together," said Jerome Belo, 55, who on a day off made it a point to be on hand to watch the start of the parade.

Others at the parade, such as 49-year-old Eleanor White, said the team united the city through its play on the field and the parade itself.

"You have all different walks of life, you have all cultures together," said White as she walked along the parade route.

The team traveled about 4 miles by float from the downtown business district to a park in south Philadelphia for a rally. Musical performances were held along the route.

The previous parade the city hosted to honor an athletic accomplishment was in October 2008. That was after the Phillies won the World Series.

Critical thinking challenge: Why would Sports Illustrated a magazine for adultsput a child on its cover? Were any adults in the record-breaking TV audience?

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COMMENTS (95)
  • Devan2015
    8/29/2014 - 11:17 a.m.

    i want to know how fast mo'ne davis could pitch and what kind of pitches she could throw? also i wonder what players thay her and her team got to meat of of the philles?

  • cordell2015
    8/29/2014 - 11:25 a.m.

    Yeah from the way I read she can pitch really good an really fast have a pretty good arm she can pitch better then me

  • RipleyBaseball
    9/02/2014 - 02:08 p.m.

    A little league team called the Taney Dragons got alot of royalty treatment when they get to go meet there favorite pro league baseball team called the Philadelphia's Phillies

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    9/03/2014 - 01:06 a.m.

    I think the Little League did something so amazing that it drew attention to the Major League. I think that is amazing. Getting looked upon by people who are older and who play better than you. That is being an awesome player. I also think that the people of Philadelphia were amazed by the Dragon's victory of the Little League.
    Critical thinking challenge: Why would Sports Illustrated a magazine for adults put a child on its cover? Were any adults in the record-breaking TV audience?
    Answer: I think Sports Illustrated put a child on its cover because the child has done many things that he/she has done to surpass someone or something.

  • Kc2014
    9/03/2014 - 09:58 a.m.

    I think it is cool that they got to talk to Ryan Howard. If I was them I would try to get to the MBL.

  • Bradley-Wya
    9/04/2014 - 09:56 a.m.

    WOW that girl has a strong arm. I am very happy to see that she got to meet a professional baseball player from her favorite team.

  • Noah-Wya
    9/04/2014 - 09:56 a.m.

    Mo'ne Davis is a very talented athlete. She is also the first girl in LLWS history to win a game. She is the reason we all want to throw like a girl.

  • Paige-Wya
    9/04/2014 - 09:58 a.m.

    I think it's cool that a girl was apart of that team, some people think that women should not be able to do things like that and that men are superior. Some also think that girls should just stay home clean,cook, and take care of the children. I'm sorry that some girls can't do things like women can in America.

  • Tyler-Wya
    9/04/2014 - 09:59 a.m.

    The Phillie's are awesome it's amazing the those to kids got to meet a Phillie's player. It would really be cool to meet a Phillies player.

  • Blake-Wya
    9/04/2014 - 09:59 a.m.

    I think the team is awesome ever sense Mo'ne Davis started playing on the team. Mo'ne has a great arm and puts the 1,2,3 strikes your out in the ball game. She deserves to meet her favorite MLB player because she is a awesome base ball player.

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