Cheering fans filled Love Park Sunday to welcome home Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons from their historic run in the Little League World Series.
During the rally, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that a parade to honor the team would take place Wednesday. The details were still being worked out, he said.
After a quick reunion with parents — some players hadn’t seen family in weeks — the Dragons took the stage at Love Park. Flanked by Mayor Nutter and members of City Council, the players were introduced one by one to the cheers of adoring fans.
Signs reading, “Philly Pride. Taney Dragons” and a T-shirt reading, “Show me the Mo’ne,” were held high.
When asked for her favorite Williamsport moment, star pitcher Mo’ne Davis didn’t mention the media attention or the complete game she pitched. It was the phone call from legendary UConn Women’s Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma that stood out for her. Davis had mentioned in an interview that she would like to play point guard for Auriemma some day.
“I’m off to a good start,” she said.
Davis’ teammate, Erik Lipson, said his highlight was the chance to play in front of 35,000 at the stadium and even more watching on television. Other players said meeting major leaguers like Ryan Howard is what stood out for them.