- Aug 12:
- Winning the CMWS: D-BAT Gallegos manager credits his mentor for teaching him about baseball, life
- Aug 9:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos, Midland dominate Connie Mack World Series awards
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos sweeps Midland Redskins to win series title
- Aug 8:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 8
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 19, D-BAT Gallegos vs. Midland Redskins
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins beat D-BAT Leach in Game 17 to move one win away from the title
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 7
- Aug 7:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos' seventh-inning rally knocks out Danville in Game 16
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 17, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Leach
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins hammer D-BAT Gallegos 10-3 in Game 15
- Aug 6:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 6
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach eliminates Carolina Vaqueros in Game 14
- CMWS 2014: Danville Hoots advance past South Troy Dodgers in Game 13
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 15, Midland Redskins vs. D-BAT Gallegos
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos remains unbeaten, topping D-BAT Leach 4-3 in Game 12
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros walk off Bill Hood in Game 11
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 5
- Aug 5:
- CMWS 2014: South Troy stays alive, beating Frozen Ropes 2-1 in Game 10
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 12, D-BAT Gallegos vs. D-BAT Leach
- Aug 4:
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach survives scare from Bill Hood in Game 9
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 4
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins rally to beat Frozen Ropes 6-3 in Game 8
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 9, D-BAT Leach vs. Bill Hood Baseball
- CMWS 2014: Season ends for Strike Zone after 16-2 loss to Danville Hoots
- Aug 3:
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 3
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers eliminate Detroit Metro Stars from series after 5-1 victory in Game 7
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood's Zach Clark claims Home Run Derby title
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 6, Strike Zone vs. Danville Hoots
- Aug 2:
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood blanks Detroit Metro Stars 3-0 in Game 5
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 2
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach blasts South Troy in five innings in Game 4
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos beats Danville Hoots 7-5 in Game 3
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 5, Bill Hood Baseball vs. Detroit Metro Stars
- CMWS 2014: Highlights from Day 1
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins walk off in extra innings against Farmington's Strike Zone
- Aug 1:
- CMWS 2014: Frozen Ropes slam Carolina Vaqueros in opening game
- CMWS 2014: New mascot, Hall of Fame inductees are among highlights of opening ceremony
- CMWS 2014: Live coverage of Game 2, Midland Redskins vs. Strike Zone
- Jul 31:
- CMWS 2014: Read about the teams competing for the Connie Mack World Series title
- CMWS 2014: Strike Zone will make its fifth consecutive series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Carolina Vaqueros hopes for first title since 1994
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Leach makes second straight series appearance
- CMWS 2014: South Troy Dodgers make back-to-back series appearance
- CMWS 2014: Detroit Metro Stars make their first tournament appearance
- CMWS 2014: D-BAT Gallegos brings talented group to the series
- CMWS 2014: Midland Redskins look for their 14th championship
- CMWS 2014: Frozen Ropes looks to make a deeper run
- CMWS 2014: Danville Hoots brings a young team to the series
- CMWS 2014: Bill Hood Baseball returns to series for first time since 2010
FARMINGTON — Baseball players on Friday stood at the edges of their floats, tossing candy into the crowd around them.
The Connie Mack World Series Parade introduced baseball enthusiasts and the community to the 10 teams competing for the tournament title. The first two games, as well as the opening ceremony, took place on Friday evening at Ricketts Park.
But before that, the parade kicked off the festivities for the series, which is marking its 50th year in Farmington. It lasted more than an hour and stretched from Safeway West to Ricketts Park.
On their float, the D-BAT Gallegos players passed a cardboard bat cutout down the line of athletes. Each of the players signed the bat before they handed it to a boy, who raised it in the air and ran back into the crowd along Main Street.
Standing among the crowd on Main Street was Jodie Marquez, a former Farmington resident who traveled back to the Four Corners with her children for the series, like she does every year. The mother of three stood on the street as her children waited anxiously for candy.
"We come back every summer to visit," she said. "We're excited to be here for Connie Mack."
She said the family's favorite part of the series is the parade.
The first team to roll down Main Street was Puerto Rico's Carolina Vaqueros. The players waved the Puerto Rico flag, chanting "Puerto Rico."
Soon after the Vaqueros, the Frozen Ropes, of McKinney, Texas, drove by, tossing T-shirts from their float as the crowd scrambled to catch them.
Kim Obiedo and her sons, Hunter, 5, and Noah, 12, also watched Friday's parade.
"I love candy," Hunter said.
Noah said he enjoys the parade because he gets to see the teams. Also, he said, he plays baseball himself and likes to pitch.
"I love batting," Hunter interjected.
"You love batting?" his mom replied. "That's because you're in tee-ball."
"When you're in tee-ball, you love batting," she said.
Members of the Bill Hood Broncos from Mandeville, La., ride on Friday along Main Street during the Connie Mack World Series Parade in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)
On the corner of Allen Avenue and Main Street, Nichole Stowell and her children watched the parade. The family wore Midland Redskins shirts and waited to see the players they are hosting pass by in the parade.
"They're great," Stowell said. "They're good boys. Really polite and well-mannered."
Stowell's daughter plays softball and is excited to learn from the team.
"The kids think it's pretty neat to have two boys staying at the house," Stowell said, as the Redskins' float came into view.
Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.