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Congratulations to Dominican Republic & Jackie Robinson RBI for winning the 2012 RBI World Series! Dominican picked up their third consecutive title in the Junior Division while Jackie Robinson Jersey City notched their program’s first title by winning the Senior Division.
Oscar Perez, the director of the Dominic Republic RBI program, said the team has been coming to the tournament for the last 10 years and that this win will help them to continue the success by bringing more attention to their team back at home.
“For us, it means a lot because that way we able to motivate and promote initiative for more kids in the Dominican Republic to join the program,” Perez said. “The program requires them to be a good student, to have discipline and baseball comes after that and we hope to keep on winning.”
Dominican Republic beat the Chicago White Sox RBI 5-1 after putting up three big runs in the first inning and relying on the pitching of Pablo Achoa who threw the entire game, allowing just one run after giving up six hits. Achoa’s performance earned him MVP honors for the championship game.
The senior league championship game had a little bit more excitement as Jackie Robinson RBI ended the game with a walk-off single by Willie Rivera to win the title 8-7 over Bradenton. Rivera was also named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
“We lost three games in a row [heading into Saturday’s playoffs],” Rivera said. “That just put us down. Our coaches told us after those three games, ‘Keep your heads up because we still have more games to win.'”
He added: “We were down four runs [in the championship]. We came back, we fought hard as as a team and we got the W.”
For Coach Ron Hayward, the win is more than just adding a trophy to their collection.
“We have great talent,” he said. “Our kids don’t get the looks a lot of these kids gets. You hear a lot of these kids talk about going Division I out here and my kids are hearing it and they want to know why they don’t get that. I’ve been there, I’ve been there when you wondered why you don’t get that respect that everyone else gets. My kids showed them that they want respect. It’s big for them to come out here and do what they wanted to do which is dominate.”
It’s going to be a busy two weeks here in Minneapolis/St. Paul as 24 teams from around the U.S., Dominican Republic and Venezuela prepare to compete in the 2012 RBI World Series. The 16 baseball teams, representing the Junior & Senior Leagues, are set to arrive today with events kicking off tomorrow, while the eight teams in the Softball League will kick off events on August 6th.
Besides vying for their division’s championship, these teams will also help celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary — a commemoration that will be highlighted by a visit from Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. His keynote address and luncheon will open the baseball portion of the tournament and will feature Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew and Paul Molitor, as well as Twins legend Tony Oliva. Following the luncheon at Target Field, the baseball teams will be able to participate in a Q & A session with the Commissioner and former players.
Players and coaches will also take part in something extra special this year; for the first time in RBI World Series history, teams will join Major League Baseball for a day dedicated to assisting in community service projects. Teams will help local Minneapolis Boys & Girls Clubs by landscaping, cleaning and renovating ball fields, as well as working with ‘Kids Against Hunger’ where they will help pack food that will be distributed to families throughout the United States and abroad.
Needless to say, with all of the events set up over the next two weeks, players and coaches will be incredibly busy as they take part in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Stay tuned for blogs, videos and photos from all of the events for a unique, behind-the-scenes look at this year’s RBI World Series.
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Born and raised in a small community an hour south of Minneapolis, I grew up loving Minnesota sports teams — especially the Twins! After working as a sports journalist in the Twin Cities for over two years, I moved out to New York City to take part in the 2012 MLB Fan Cave where I spent the first half of this year’s season watching every single baseball game. Now I’m back in Minnesota, excited to take part in this year’s RBI World Series tournament. Be sure to follow along here on my official PRO MLB.com blog or on Twitter (@LindsayGuentzel) for lots of updates as the tournament gets underway!