Kelly Gruber coming to Glace Bay for Little League championship

Sharon Montgomery-Dupe
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GLACE BAY —  Members of the 2013 Canadian Little League Championship organizing committee pitched more good news on Tuesday.

Kelly Gruber, a former Major League Baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays and California Angels, will be coming to town, Alex Morrison, a member of the board of directors, announced during a press conference at Cameron Bowl.

Gruber will be addressing the tournament banquet on Aug. 10.

Morrison said Tuesday marked the official countdown for the 2013 Little League Championships, being held in Glace Bay Aug. 2 -11.

"In just 32 short days, the first pitch will be thrown and the games will begin."

Members of the Glace Bay McDonalds Colonels team were at the announcement along with local politicians who encouraged the public to get involved by volunteering or becoming a billet.

Mayor Cecil Clarke  said people in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality is looking forward to welcoming people to "their great community" but it means they must be prepared.

"I'm very pleased we have such a great organizing committee, dedicated citizens who are focused on providing great opportunities for our youth but most importantly, showcasing our community, so we must be prepared. “

Clarke thanked the CBRM workers for the work they've done to the field and emphasized the need for volunteers and billets to make the event a success.

"We will be working through the CBRM and with councillor George MacDonald, our MLA and MP with whatever resources we have to to make sure this is a great success."

MLA Geoff MacLellan spoke about being a member of the Glace Bay Colonels 22 years ago when the team won the Canadian championships in British Columbia.

"It's certainly a pleasure for me to be standing out here next to the 2013 Colonels. They are about to embark on an adventure they'll certainly never forget."

MacLellan, who encouraged people to take part, said it's important the billets and volunteers are in place.

"I know that will happen as Glace Bay always comes together to support their teams and endeavours in their community."

MP Rodger Cuzner said in any endeavour, Glace Bay always pulls out all the stops.

"When I say Glace Bay, the support from Donkin, Morien, Reserve and Dominion — it's phenomenal."

He said the economic impact that it has on the community is tremendous.

"I'm looking forward to a great week, I know that you guys will perform like you're able to. You make us all proud."

Jen Nicholson, president of the Glace Bay Little League, said some of the best ballplayers have come out of Glace Bay Little League which is evident in the fact Glace Bay represented Canada five times at the world series.

Nicholson said this is the fifth time their committee has hosted this event.

"Our committee, under the leadership of Derrick Hayes, has worked many hours over the last couple years to make this possible."

Any residents interested in assisting are asked to contact Dale Deering-Bert, the billet co-ordinator,  at 842-9380, or volunteer co-ordinator Don Vaters,  842-0310.

 For more information about the 2013 Canadian Little League Championship, visit www.2013canadians.com.

Organizations: California Angels, Little League, Major League Baseball Toronto Blue Jays Glace Bay McDonalds Colonels

Geographic location: Glace Bay, British Columbia, Canada

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