BAYONNE, NJ - The rain showers couldn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people that showed up Saturday to celebrate the 5th annual opening day of Buddy Baseball in Bayonne. 

An event that Mayor Jimmy David recently said was sure to make anyone shed a tear drew players, families, and supporters from across the city and featured a parade, pep rally, and Zumba and pizza parties.

The league, managed by Recreation Supervisor Pete Amadeo gives children and young adults with special needs an opportunity to play baseball. 

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“The heart of Bayonne is clearly visible today” Amadeo told TAPinto Bayonne. “The kids and parents that you see on this field are so thankful for the support that comes from throughout the community” he added with an eye on the immaculately prepared 11th Street Oval. 

Davis and the entire Bayonne City Council, as well as numerous of local officials were also on hand for the celebration and on-field ceremony that included a dedication of Bayonne’s own Monument Park that includes stones etched with the names of Buddy Baseball players.

“This is what Bayonne is about,” Davis smiled surveying the ball playing. “This is what makes ours the greatest town to live in.”