Hundreds welcome Goodlettsville All-stars home to Tennessee

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – The city of Goodlettsville is celebrating Monday night after the Little League All-Stars tremendous run at the World Series.

“If you are from Middle Tennessee, you know where Goodlettsville is at,” said one longtime fan.

To Ray Norkus, the 13 little leaguers are more than just baseball players; they’re making his hometown famous.

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“We are very proud of the boys here; they’ve done an outstanding job,” he told News 2.

After spending two weeks in Pennsylvania, the All-Stars are back in the Volunteer State.

PHOTOS: Goodlettsville All-Stars

Hundreds lined the streets, city leaders shut down city hall, and traffic came to a standstill for the boys in blue and gold.

“It was a great feeling. I almost had tears in my eyes,” said Head Coach Joey Hale.

It is the second time in four years Hale has gotten this type of welcome home.

(Courtesy: Nashville International Airport)
(Courtesy: Nashville International Airport)

“For some reason, this team just struck a chord with me and I just got so caught up in the moment,” he said.

Even though the team came up short, fourth in the world is not bad. The players say they gave it their all.

“I kind of felt like a hero just being with those kids that are famous,” said Tanner Jones.

They’ll never forget the summer in Williamsport.

“The field was awesome; I’ll always remember that, the dorms, all the teams you got to hang out with and make new friends.”

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Now that they are home, neighbors like Norkus plan on watching out for these ball players who still have a lot of growing up to do.

“Right now, we are concentrating on having these boys grow up in a good environment.”

Goodlettsville plans on having another celebration in the near future.

The Nashville International Airport also went all out, spraying the boys’ airplane with water as they arrived and filling the area by baggage claim with balloons with “welcome home” messages on the TV screens.

The city of Nashville also lit up the Koreaon Veterans Memorail Bridge in blue and gold for the boys.

News 2 was the only TV station traveling with the team and has been following them since their first game at the Southeast Regional. Click here to read more about their journey.

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