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FARMINGTON — Connie Mack World Series players got their first look at the Ricketts Park baseball diamond today before arriving at the Farmington Civic Center.

The 12 teams that will play in the Connie Mack World Series arrived at the Farmington Civic Center starting at approximately 2:20 p.m. today and continuing well into the evening. Inside the Farmington Civic Center, a white board displayed teams' names and their expected arrival times.

When a crowd of greeters heard sirens approaching, they rushed to the sidewalk in front of the Farmington Civic Center. The Connie Mack World Series mascot carried a baseball-shaped Strike Zone sign as he welcomed the host team when its bus arrived.

"It's the first impression for these guys," said Kim Carpenter, the outgoing chairman of the tournament, about the teams' ceremonial arrival in Farmington.

Carpenter said the tournament is about more than playing baseball. It's about the experience for the players being in Farmington and living with host families.

"It's an experience they won't forget," he said.

East Cobb Yankees outfielder Kyle Jacobsen, 18, returned this year for the second time.

"The whole town really appreciates us," he said. "It feels like the whole town just stops for us."

Chuck Warden, a coach for the Midland Redskins, said the team enjoyed seeing Ricketts Park prior to checking in at the Farmington Civic Center.

"It's exciting for them just to finally get to see what we've been working for each summer," he said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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