America’s favorite pastime, baseball, will be on display this weekend in Findlay at a special place where no one ever strikes out and everyone goes home a winner.
The games will be played at the Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park at the Marathon Diamonds as Findlay hosts the first Miracle League All-Star Celebration.
Hosting the event is another feather in the cap of the community.
The 90 players are members of various Miracle League teams from around the United States and Canada. Each Miracle League organization is responsible for registration fees and transportation to Findlay, but all other expenses are covered through sponsorships and donations. Players will be accompanied by their families and a representative from their league.
It’s been estimated that more than 150 hotel rooms will be needed during the event and total attendance could exceed 1,500. That should provide a considerable economic benefit to the community.
The idea behind Miracle Leagues, like Findlay’s, is that every kid, including those with disabilities, restricted mobility or visual impairments, should get an opportunity to play baseball.
The Miracle field was designed with special needs in mind. The playing surface is cushioned, and the bases are painted on to accommodate those who may need a walker or wheelchair to round the bases.
In Miracle League games there are no losers, only winners.
Every player bats each inning and there are no strikeouts. All players are safe at any base, and every player scores a run. Each team and each player wins every game. The score, in other words, doesn’t matter.
Various events are scheduled for the players and guests who will begin arriving in Findlay today, but the main one will undoubtedly be the four games to be played from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park, which is located near the Cube on North Main Street.
The Miracle Park, the home base for Findlay’s Miracle League, opened in 2016 and was built with private and public funding. Bleachers were added and its playground was expanded this year to accommodate the crowds expected this weekend.
It has already become an attraction in the community, but the event will bring more attention to the good things that take place there through baseball. We hope the stands are filled Saturday to witness the fun, good sportsmanship — and perhaps a miracle or two.
Welcome, All-Stars. Have a ball!