By Sabina Mollot
On Saturday morning, another season of youth baseball was kicked off with bagpipe music and the annual parade of the Peter Stuyvesant Little League through Stuyvesant Town to the freshly replanted Con Ed Field.
Hundreds of little leaguers marched alongside their parents, local pols and a special guest, former hitter Cecil Fielder who played for the Detroit Tigers as well as the New York Yankees and other teams.
Following the march, Fielder, who’s hit 319 home runs in his career, gave the kids tips on how to be a good player.
For one thing, he told them, listen to your coaches. Fielder praised his own high school coach, saying, “That man taught me everything I know. My coach taught me back in 1970 that if that if I can’t look at myself in the mirror every day and say I did my best then I wasted a day.”
That said, he added that that bad days were bound to happen, but “It will always be about how you can be the next day.”