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Having a ball at the ballpark

Verizon Kids Clinic draws 125 young players to Citi Field

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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:18 am, Thu Jul 24, 2014.

For a few hours on Saturday morning, Citi Field was transformed into a field of dreams for 125 area children.

The Verizon Kids Clinic, hosted by the Mets, allowed young ballplayers a chance to hone their hitting, pitching and fielding skills under the tutelage of Mets relief pitcher Buddy Carlyle and the team’s third base and bullpen coaches, Tim Teufel and Ricky Bones.

They also received two free tickets to that afternoon’s Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins.

“Sometimes you get a platform to do things that are special,” Carlyle said. “Creating memories for these kids is always nice.”

The children were selected at random from a pool of kids who were registered by their parents at area Verizon stores across the city and Long Island.

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