UNION, NJ – American Shave Classic Barber welcomed members of the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Region Championship team, the Elmora Troopers, for haircuts and breakfast at their Stuyvesant Avenue shop on Saturday morning to celebrate the team’s accomplishments.

Host of “Breakfast of Champions” and American Shave Classic Barber owner Manny Vazquez said, “I am super proud of these kids.  Watching them do what they did was amazing.”  Vazquez, who was born and raised in Elizabeth, said, “this team, their coaches, and their parents are wonderful.  It’s been a great experience to watch them.”

“Manny and Maricely from American Shave were so supportive of us,” said Elmora Troopers Coach Jairo Labrador.  “This team has been engulfed in community support.”  Labrador said Vazquez reached out to him right after the team came home from Williamsport to arrange the “Breakfast with Champions” event.

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Along with Coach Labrador, members of the team attending the event were Emmanual Nunez, Yadi Mateo, Jayden Capindica, Justin Labrador, Jayden Jr. Rosado, and Jacob Rosado, who served the team as a junior coach.  Labrador said many of the players are now involved in fall ball and are on travel teams and were unable to make the event.

“It was so exciting watching the games,” said State Senator Joseph Cryan, “in Sayreville, Bristol and Williamsport.  The team brought our community together and inspired everyone.”

“What a great day in the Township of Union,” said Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo.  “American Barber was so gracious to host this event.”  Figueiredo presented Coach Labrador and the players with a Testimonial Resolution from Union’s Mayor Michele Delisfort and the members of the Township Committee.

Labrador, a physical education teacher from Elizabeth, said, “Everyone knows that Elizabeth and Union are huge rivals, but with rivalry comes brothership.  Thank you so much for hosting us.  To us, the most important part of this was that we were together as a community.  We did it together.”

The players spoke of their appreciation for the support they’ve received.  “I want to thank all of the people who supported us and the people now who are supporting us,” said Justin Labrador.  “Through the ups and through the downs, everybody was with us the whole way and they never stopped,” said Nunez. 

The Troopers competed int he Little League World Series and made it to the third round, when they lost to Louisiana, who went on to win the World Series.

Editor's Note:  In the interest of transparency, TAPinto Union's owner/publisher, Kathy Cryan, is married to State Senator Joe Cryan.