Play ball! Irvine Pony Memorial Day Baseball Tourney gets under way with 220 teams – Orange County Register
A team from Mexico poses with other officials from Mexico and coaches and Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner. Tim Burt photo
Players scramble for baseballs after the opening day ceremony Thursday, May 25, for the Irvine Pony Memorial Day Tournament at Harvard Park. Tim Burt photo
Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner, who says he is a Dodger fan, receives a gift from the players from Mexico. Tim Burt photo
Players stand for the National Anthem during Irvine Pony Baseball Memorial Day opening day ceremony. Tim Burt photo
Irvine Pony President Brad Gramlich welcomes players during the Irvine Pony Baseball opening day ceremony at Harvard Park. Tim Burt photo
Players follow the Irvine Pony Baseball opening day ceremony at Harvard Park. Tim Burt photo
One of the teams from Mexico poses for a picture before the opening day ceremony on Thursday, May 26, at Harvard Park. Tim Burt photo
Players get ready to take the field before the Irvine Pony Baseball opening day ceremony. Tim Burt photo
Players listen during the Irvine Pony Baseball opening day ceremony at Harvard Park. Tim Burt photo
Irvine Pony Baseball welcomed players from 220 teams, including 13 squads from Mexico, during opening day ceremonies Thursday, May 25, at Harvard Park in Irvine for the league’s 27th annual Memorial Day Tournament.
Among those in attendance was Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner, who welcomed the teams and their fans. Wagner said his son played in previous Pony tournaments.
This year’s tournament runs through Monday, May 29.
“I’m very familiar with the wonderful experiences these kids are going to have,” Wagner said.
Wagner was presented with gifts from Mexico, including a basket of cookies, a pen set and a jersey similar to a Dodger jersey which had ‘Mexico’ inscribed on the front.
“It’s a wonderful event and it’s a great tournament; every year it grows and we get more and more international visitors,” Wagner said in an interview.
Irvine Pony President Brad Gramlich also welcomed all the…