Little-ville sluggers! Mayor DeBlasio cheers Little League opening day in Slope

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Little League got off to a big start.

Hundreds of pint-sized baseball players from teams such as the South Brooklyn Baseball League and the 78th Precinct Youth Council marched through Park Slope on Saturday to mark opening day of baseball season. Organizers and attendees knocked it out of the park, a park rep said.

“It was a fantastic day,” said Prospect Park Alliance spokesman Eric Landau. “We had great weather and a great turnout of kids and their parents.”

The parade started at Seventh Avenue and Second Street, marched up to Ninth Street and finally turned into Prospect Park, where Mayor DeBlasio and a host of pols including Councilman Brad Lander (D—Park Slope) and Councilman Steve Levin (D—Boerum Hill) welcomed the young athletes and sang along to a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Wearing a baseball cap from his son Dante’s former Little League team, the 78th Precinct’s Bulldogs, the mayor urged parents to fill out applications for prekindergarten classes and said he wants to see more than 50,000 four-year-olds in the new program this fall, according to NY1.

The first application deadline for the pre-school program is April 23.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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