Written by Ralph V. Suozzi Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00
With the mild winter we enjoyed this year, the annual transition to spring may not have been as obvious to some. However, if you were in Glen Cove this past weekend, you couldn’t have missed the opening day of Junior Baseball and Softball as the youngsters and their coaches marched from the middle school on Forest Avenue to the John Maccarone Stadium for the annual parade, led by the Glen Cove High School drum line. As we march to the stadium I always enjoy looking back at the line of young boys and girls in their uniforms as they carry their banners along the parade route. It is a wonderful sight to behold at the start of our Opening Day Ceremony, which is as small town and American as it gets.
Once we arrived at the stadium, parents, children and coaches gathered around the infield of Field 1 and were treated to Claudia Kolanovic’s beautiful rendition of the national anthem. It was absolutely heart-warming and set the tone for the rest of the ceremony which included the singing of America The Beautiful by Leilani D’Onofrio in honor of the servicemen and women who protect our nation and also of Robin Kormoski, the Junior Baseball and Softball League Commissioner for the last 19 years, who passed away this past March. Rob Kormoski was a classmate of mine from the Glen Cove High School Class of 1974. He was a kind, gentle and friendly man who gave his heart and soul to the youth of our community in so many ways.
As part of the opening day ceremony, it was announced that the Junior Baseball and Softball League Board of Directors voted to rename the league after Rob and thus it will now be known as the Robin “Rob” Kormoski Junior Baseball and Softball League of Glen Cove. This is a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to his community, our youth and their families. He was at the stadium about nine months of the year, not only for baseball and softball, but also as part of the Junior Football and Cheerleading Program.
During the ceremony, Rob’s son, T.J. (Thomas) Kormoski, threw out the first pitch to current chairman of the league Bruce Testa, a longtime friend of Rob’s.
Also present was young Caroline (Maccarone) Baptista, who threw out the first pitch for the girls softball league. It is her grandfather, John J. Maccarone, longtime recreation supervisor, for which City Stadium was renamed after his death in 1992.
Thanks go out to all who made this day special, including the league itself, the Parks and Recreation Department, our first responders who provided safe escort for the parade, the public officials who participated, the team league sponsors and especially the children, the families and the coaches that make springtime come alive with the opening day of the baseball and softball season.
Come down to the stadium and enjoy the fun. Have a safe and enjoyable season.
Now - play ball.