La Verne’s Sean Powell to Appear at 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

July 1, 2011
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Sean Powell got the word that he was heading to the Major League Baseball All-Star game while playing in his own Little League All-Star game on Monday night.

Sean Powell got the word that he was heading to the Major League Baseball All-Star game while playing in his own Little League All-Star game on Monday night.

It’s a deep drive to dead center. Back goes the centerfielder. A way back! To the wall. He leaps … and 9-year-old Sean Powell of La Verne makes the catch, robbing Albert Pujols of what looked like a sure home run.

It could happen! Sean will be patrolling the outfield during the Major League Baseball (MLB) Home Run Derby at Chase Field on Monday, July 11. He earned the honor and position by winning three different stages of the national Pitch, Hit and Run Competition (PHR) sponsored by Aquafina.

After he was named the Angels’ winner for his age bracket, PHR contest organizers compared his composite pitching, hitting and running score with the winners from the other 29 Major League Baseball clubs. Then on Monday, June 27, before a nationwide television audience, the MLB network announced that Sean was one of the top 3 finalists, earning him an all expenses-paid trip to Phoenix to compete in the final round of the PHR competition on July 11. He also gets to shag balls in the outfield during the All-Star Home Run Derby competition and watch the All-Star classic on Tuesday, July 12.

Sean strokes a base hit in his all-star game.

Sean strokes a base hit in his all-star game.

About the only person who didn’t hear the live announcement was Sean. A regularly scheduled game on the MLB network had run long, pushing the announcement back. Meanwhile, Sean had to leave for that other ballpark, Pelota Park in La Verne, where he and his teammates were preparing for their first all-star game against Claremont American  His dad Andy coaches the team, so he missed the announcement, too.

Per Little League rules, coaches can’t have cell phones in the dugout, but word started circulating around the ballpark faster than a Tinkers-to- Evers-to-Chance double play.

Back home, mom Jennifer stayed glued to the TVt, and when she heard Sean had won, she hit speed dial. When Andy got the word, he withheld the information because he wanted Sean to stay focused on beating Claremont.

It turns out Sean thought about his possible selection a couple of times during the game before he finally found out from his dad and some loose-lipped friends who couldn’t contain their excitement any longer.

Sean still hasn’t come back down to Earth yet. He’s going to the Major League Baseball All-Star on a first-class ticket, just like a real jet-setting Major League ballplayer.

Sean and his dad will leave on Sunday, July 10. Jennifer and Andy’s sister, Rylee, will be driving. Grandpa Bud also will be flying. “Wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Bud said on Monday. “He’s one out of 600,000 kids who tried out. It’s still taking a while to sink in.”

Jennifer is probably the most relieved now that all the waiting is finally over. She had been preparing Sean for the very real possibility that his named wouldn’t be called. After all, only three names would be called out of 30 national finalists. Sean quickly did the math. That’s a one out of 10 chance.

“Don’t worry, Sean, you’ll be bigger and stronger next year,” she told him. But Sean wasn’t buying any of it.

“How do I know I’ll be back next year,” Sean asked. “What if I don’t do as well?”

Sean also pitches for his all-star team.

Sean also pitches for his all-star team.

When Jennifer got the call that Sean had indeed won and was heading to Phoenix, she couldn’t believe it.”

“I guess I was wrong,” she said.

Sometimes, dreams do come true, and Sean’s dream will be unfolding in front of all of us on Monday, July 11, at 5 p.m. when the Home Run Derby competition begins.

Oh, and there’s that final PHR competition, which officially begins at 12:15 p.m.on Monday. Sean just might be crowned Major League Baseball’s 9-year-old baseball king, as well!

Stay tuned!

If you haven’t already, try Eddie’s Pizzeria and Eatery on Foothill in Claremont. Eddie has something delicious on the menu for every family member. St. Louis ribs, great burgers, healthy salads for mom. For more information, click on the LVO ad or give them a call at (909) 398-1985.

One Response to “La Verne’s Sean Powell to Appear at 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game”

  1. Great follow up story. Sean is a special kid and a great baseball player. Enjoy the experience Sean and do Laverne proud!!

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