The third Curacao Baseball Week was another success.
The week started with a press conference and an auction/charity dinner. The dinner raised $40,000 and this painting was one of the items:
On the first two days, the coach seminars were attended very well. Managers and coaches like Hensley Meulens, Steve Janssen and Ben Thijssen shared their wisdom with the attendees. The same with the clinics at the Tio Daou Ballpark.
The kids clinics on Monday and Wednesday were attended by more than 200 children. Players like Didi Gregorius, Wladimir Balentien, Jonathan and Sharlon Schoop, Jair Jurrjens, Andruw Jones and many others taught the children the basics and the techniques of baseball.
Big surprise on Thursday as Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer paid a visit to the event.
Here are some impressions of the event.
The highlight of the CBW was the Ballpark night on Friday December 4. At Tio Daou Ballpark, on which the players from Curacao held a homrerun derby and a softball game was played between a team from the local competition in Curacao and the players that attended the CBW.
The homerun derby was won by Kalian Sams, who belted a total of fourteen dingers.
The softball game ended in a 7-1 win for the CBW players.
Of course the these two parts of the event were not about winning. They were about having a good time for both the players and the fans in the stands.
A great fireworks show and a concert concluded the night and the event.
A nice note to finish with. San Francisco Giants outfielder, Hunter Pence, discussed the Curacao Baseball Week on MLB Network on Thursday, so the event is even getting international attention.