Jason Kipnis’ hometown Little League team, from Northbrook, Ill., pays a visit to Progressive Field


Millions of boys have played or been influenced on some level by Little League baseball.

While we play the game at a young age, our dream is to make it in the big leagues. Some of us have the fortune to look up to an idol  who once played on our local sandlots and has made it to the show. This is true for the 25-plus kids on the Northbrook, Ill., U12 Little League team that came to meet Jason Kipnis on Friday night at Progressive Field.

The squad stopped in Cleveland after their tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y.,  to see their idol, Jason Kipnis – a Northbrook native They just wanted to be in his presence, be at the park that their hometown hero now calls home. “Everyone says he’s their favorite player,” Coach Brain Greene said. Kipnis, who is currently on the Disabled List, got wind of the group being at the park and came out just to meet the team. “They were so excited when he came out,” Greene said. “That’s all they’ve been talking about is coming to see someone who played on the same fields, with the same coaches, that came from our hometown. For Jason to come out even on the DL, it just shows what kind of guy he is.”

The kids were so appreciative of Kipnis’ gesture that they wanted to return the favor. They all got together and signed a Northbrook baseball; we’ll present that to Kip on Saturday.

Coach Greene expressed further appreciation for Kipnis.

“How often does a Major League player say. ‘Yeah I’ve played on that field too’?…He represents the city of Northbrook so well. Everyone talks about him there. The kids that have come after him, what a great role model to have in your city playing in the big leagues. Someone that is true to the game, grinds … if our kids are like Jason on and off the field, what a great tribute that’d be.”

We here with the Indians truly appreciate the effort on both ends of creating memories and connecting these generations of baseball players.

-TribeVibe Contributor, Ryan Delgado


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