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No, the Taney Dragons did not win the Little League World Series. You could hardly tell, though, by the homecoming they’re receiving this week.
The team was welcomed back to town Sunday with a rally at LOVE Park. Mayor Nutter announced the city will sponsor a parade on Wednesday — details to be determined. And the team will appear today on Today, part of what’s being billed as a national media tour.
6ABC says the Wednesday parade will end with a celebration at the Philadelphia Phillies home game:
After their media tour, the team will return to Philadelphia for their champion parade along with a special honor from the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phils announced that the Taney Dragons will take to the field, during a ballpark-wide celebration. The entire Taney Dragons roster will take part in this special tribute, with their families and coaches in attendance.
The Phillies are also offering fans a special ticket offer, with Taney receiving a portion of the proceeds. Visit phillies.com/Taney for details.
All fans in attendance at the Phillies game will also receive a Taney Dragons hat and t-shirt.
The Inquirer reports on Sunday’s rally:
The Rocky theme blared as the players filed off the bus and into the Fairmount Park Welcome Center to visit with their parents. Nutter then led the Little League World Series stars onto the stage, needlessly encouraging cheers from a crowd already wildly enthusiastic.
“Thank you, everyone, for supporting the kids,” Taney manager Alex Rice said, briefly tearing up at the microphone. “We felt every bit of the love you sent, wherever we were.”