Signs and balloons in hand, very proud families, friends and fans gathered at the San Diego International Airport Monday night to welcome home the Park View Little League (PVLL) team after their run at the 2016 Little League World Series.
The teens arrived home around 7 p.m., decked out in their baby blue and yellow team uniforms. As they came down an escalator at Lindbergh Field, an awaiting crowd greeted them, cheering and chanting, “PVLL! PVLL! PVLL!”
The boys smiled.
The top-notch Little League team from San Diego’s South Bay earned a ticket to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania earlier this month. The team was eliminated from the competition last week after losing to a team from Tennessee.
Despite their loss, the team certainly had a memorable run this season. The players – all between 12 and 13 years old – won a total of 19 games.
The teens said they’re happy to be home and proud to have had the experience of playing in the Little League World Series.
Parents of the players were beaming with pride at the team’s homecoming Monday night. One mother chanted her son’s name, Devin, as he ate a snack and smiled. His mom gave him a big kiss and added, “We’re so happy he’s home.”
The PVLL team will be recognized for its outstanding season this Thursday at an official homecoming celebration at 5:30 p.m. at the team’s home field in Chula Vista.