Players and coaches from the 2011 American Legion Baseball World Series champion team, Eden Prairie, Minn., enjoyed the spotlight Thursday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis for an 85-year-old tradition-on-field recognition during the Major League Baseball World Series. Eden Prairie overcame 2010's Legion World Series championship loss to Oklahoma by edging Tupelo, Miss., 5-4 in 13 nail-biting innings to capture the 2011 Legion World Series championship crown in Shelby, N.C. Now, it's the players turn to sit in the stands and watch the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers battle in the World Series.
During Game 1, Eden Prairie witnessed Scotty McCreery, the 2011 American Idol winner and a Legion Baseball alumni from Garner, N.C., sing the national anthem. Additionally, first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden took center stage to salute veterans. And prior to Game 2, the Eden Prairie team was escorted on to the field for a presentation, where it received an MLB award from Executive Vice President Joe Torre, who is also a Legion Baseball alumnus.
When they're not watching World Series games, the Eden Prairie team is taking in all the sites St. Louis has to offer, such as riding an elevator to the top of the Gateway Arch and eating lunch at Cardinals' All-Star Albert Pujols' restaurant.