WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - This is what was supposed to happen Saturday morning.  

Families and players assembling on the cool, sunny Saturday morning for the annual opening day parade for the Wood-Ridge/Moonachie Little League. Some young players nervously fidgeting because it was their first time. Older players found their coaches and teammates.   A team boarded an awaiting pick up truck and proudly displaying their 2019 District banner. Everyone falling in line behind the protective escort of the Wood-Ridge Police Department SUV.

The fences were dressed up with red, white, and blue bunting. The rainbow of teams stretching across the infield of the 6th Street Field. The concession was ready to feed hungry players and families throughout the day. Spiritwear was on sale for the new season.

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League President Phil Romero welcoming the players and families, and acknowledging the executive board who helped prepare for this day and as well as town officials. The National Anthem was played, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown out, and the Little League oath was administered to both a coach and player.

Opening day festivities then switching to the Wood-Ridge Sports Complex at 14th Street, where the girls' softball program hosted their ceremonies, with a ceremonial first pitch and celebration of 2019 League and travel champions.

Batter up! It’s time to play ball.  Except, unlike other years, it wasn't.  

Saturday, April 11 was supposed to be the Wood-Ridge/Moonachie Little League’s Opening Day 2020. But Governor Murphy’s Executive Order to stay at home and the mandate for social distancing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak postponed the league’s official grand opening. 

TAPinto wanted to celebrate this date with a “virtual” opening day. A call for photos from parents of previous opening days netted dozens of pictures. They include teams and players along the parade route, players on the field during opening ceremonies, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, ceremonial first pitches, and some opening day games.

One Wood-Ridge family honored opening day by walking the parade route together on Saturday. The four members of the Magnusson family walked from the parade's starting point at Sussex and Valley Boulevard and ending at the Little League field. Their photos are included above.

(Editor’s Note: TAPinto thanks the parents who submitted photos from their collection and looks forward to seeing all the players on this field later this season.)


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