NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi spent time before Wednesday's game leading the wide-eyed Uganda Little League World Series club around the Yankees' clubhouse, and said he was happy to be able to spend time with them.
"It's a wonderful story. It takes everyone back to your Little League days," Girardi said. "To watch what these kids have accomplished, and talking to their coaches; none of them had even seen an airplane before, or ever traveled before. For them to accomplish what they have is truly amazing."
The first team from Africa to participate in the Little League World Series, the Uganda players were invited on the field at Yankee Stadium for batting practice and to take part in roll call from Section 203 of the bleachers.
"It's a bunch of kids who are really just starting to play the game," Girardi said. "To be able to make it to the World Series and compete at a very high level is truly remarkable. It was a thrill for me to meet them, because I think from a human interest standpoint, we all were excited to watch them play and see their athleticism."