Wareham Little League players get a major league lesson

By Meghan Neely | Jun 16, 2018
Photo by: Meghan Neely Former MLB player Ed Rose speaks with Wareham Little League players during a clinic on Saturday.

Wareham Little League players got a major league lesson on Saturday from former Red Sox player and world class instructor, Ed Rose.

A Wareham native, Rose got his start playing baseball for Wareham High School. Later, he joined the Wareham Gatemen, eventually signing with the Boston Red Sox. These days, Rose lives in Florida and travels the world teaching baseball.

“I’ve been all over,” Rose said. “Puerto Rico, Holland, Panama, you name it.”

Rose has maintained close connections to Wareham though, including with his cousin T.J. Rose, a coach and member of the Little League’s board of directors.

“It all started in Wareham,” Rose said. “So coming back to this town to teach with T.J. is a real blessing”

Members of all five of Wareham’s Little League teams were in attendance at Rose’s clinic, and many of them remembered the major leaguer from previous years.

“It’s great to see them improving,” Rose said. “They’ve got hustle.”

During the clinic, little leaguers learned what Rose referred to as the fundamentals: catching, throwing, running and fielding ground balls.

“No matter how hard you work, there’s someone out there working harder than you,” Rose told the kids. “Hustle isn’t a skill, it’s a mindset.”

Rose also reminded the kids of the importance of studying, both on and off the field.

“If you wanna do it bad enough,” Rose said. “You can do it. Even in a little town like Wareham.”

 

Ed Rose shows the kids how to stretch it out before game. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Ed Rose shows Matt Tobin how to run the bases. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Owen Howe runs to first base. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
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