Downtown event precedes first day of competition
FARMINGTON — Baseball fans from all over the country lined up along Main Street Friday to watch the annual Connie Mack World Series parade.
The parade serves as a way to introduce the teams playing in the series to the community.
San Juan County residents Josh Eaton and his son, Dalton, 8, were among those cheering for teams when a member of the East Cobb Yankees tossed a piece of candy to Dalton. The boy impressed the onlookers when he easily caught the candy.
Eaton and his son had never before attended the parade.
"I was in town, and we heard Connie Mack was going on," Eaton said.
They decided to go downtown and watch the parade. Eaton said he enjoyed seeing the number of people who showed up for the event.
"Gotta love the support of a small town," he said.
Many of the people in the crowd had relatives who will be playing in the series.
Selena Archuleta's two sons — Tyler and Phillip Archuleta — are playing for the local 4C-Clubxox team.
While this is her sons' first times playing in the series, the family watches the tournament every year.
"It's very exciting," Selena Archuleta said. "I'm glad they made it this year."
Other onlookers were cheering for boys who are living with them during the series.
Dale Maes of Bloomfield has been hosting players for four years.
"Our son loves baseball, and he looks up to the older kids," Maes said.
His family is currently hosting players from the Chicago Prairie Gravel.
Prairie Gravel was scheduled to play the 4C-Clubsox on Friday, and Maes was planning on attending the game.
While he supports Chicago's team, he also knew a player on the host team.
"We'll still support both teams," Maes said.