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A Little League and A Refuge

Last weekend, the Felix Millan Little League Blood Hounds scrimmaged their rival, the Yankees, on Diamond 5 at East River Park to gear up for the league’s 35th opening day on Saturday.

The team’s coaches, many of whom participated in the league as youngsters, said that the league provides a crucial refuge from the potential perils on the streets of the East Village and Lower East Side.

The Local caught up with Manny Rodriguez, president of Felix Millan Little League since its inaugural campaign in 1977, and a few coaches, players, and alums to find out what the league means to the community.

NYU Journalism’s Mark Riffee reports.