On this heady opening day of the 2023 New York State American Legion Baseball season, we get together not only to celebrate the sport we love but also to pay tribute to the incredible men and women who have served our nation. Today, we recognize the vital role our veterans play in making this cherished tradition possible. As participants that have the honor of wearing the American Legion Baseball patch on our left sleeve, we want this day to always be memorable.
As we stand on these hallowed grounds, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by our brave service members. Their unwavering dedication, selflessness, and most of all courage, have allowed us the freedom to revel in the joy of this game. It is with immense gratitude that we honor them.
To our players, coaches, and fans, let us pause for a moment to acknowledge the sacrifices of our veterans. Their commitment to protecting our liberties serves as a powerful example to us all. As we participate in the camaraderie and competition of American Legion Baseball, let us carry their legacy in our hearts, embodying the values they fought to defend.
To our veterans, we express our deepest gratitude. Your service and sacrifice have paved the way for the pursuit of dreams, the forging of lifelong friendships, and the cherished moments we experience on this field. You have shown us the true meaning of dedication, teamwork, and perseverance. Today, we stand united, appreciating your profound impact on our lives and the opportunities you have afforded us.
As we embark on this exciting season, let us remember that American Legion Baseball is not only a game but a testament to the indomitable spirit of our veterans. Let us honor them by playing with passion, displaying sportsmanship, and embracing the values that make this sport great.
Welcome to the 2023 American Legion Baseball season in New York State. Today, let us unite as one community, bound by our shared love for the game and our deep appreciation for the sacrifices of our veterans. May their legacy continue to inspire us as we strive for excellence on and off the field.
Yours in baseball,
Mike Macchione, New York State Baseball Chairman