The project, which is a part of the "Going Beyond" charity and community service theme for the 2010 MLB All-Star Summer in Anaheim, will consist of the reconstruction of a youth baseball and softball field and the construction of a new Miracle League Field, which will provide opportunities for special-needs children to play baseball. Both fields will be supported by The Scotts Company, which recently was named the "Official Lawn Care Company of Major League Baseball."
"This field will be renovated and used as a little league field for many, many clubs here in the valley," said Kristy Frank, who with her husband, John, created Magical Builders, a nonprofit organization formed with the mission of unifying people to advance the well being of children and their communities. "The Miracle League is an amazing organization, and we're proud to build that field for children with handicapped disabilities in the sense of wheelchairs and walkers, and they'll be able to play baseball and softball, as well."
One of the moving moments from the ceremony was when a wheelchair-bound 10-year-old named Laio Kobayashi spoke to the people in attendance about how excited he was that a Miracle Field was being built.
"Today is a very special day for me," said the young man representing the Miracle League of Orange County. "I get to talk to you about this amazing field. This field will allow kids with all disabilities to play baseball the way they want to.
"I can't believe we will have the opportunity to play on this field. It is just amazing that they made this possible."
Brosnan, who spoke after Kobayashi, paid him a compliment.
"Laio, I don't know if you know it. You just made it on Major League Baseball's scouting list," said the executive. "Someone with your drive and determination will definitely find a place in our organization. We're gonna keep our eye on you."
Another person who was happy about the new fields was former Angel All-Star Chuck Finley.
"Some of my best memories are of kids playing on grounds like this," Finley said. "I think once this park is built, some kid will walk up to you and tell you a wonderful story that started right here -- that changed his life -- and he'll have stories to share with his kids, and his grandparents and everybody for the rest of their lives."
All-Star Weekend is still over four months away, but the miracles are already starting.