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Baseball cookin' in Baconton

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December 8, 2007

Baconton -- Some of the best baseball talent in South Georgia was on the field in Baconton Saturday.

Coach Bubba Birdsong put together the first-ever Old-Timers game, attracting talent like Cairo-native and current major-leaguer Willie Harris.

Many of the old-timers took their swings in the batting cage before the game, with Harris putting on a hitting display of his own.

Harris accepted the invite to the game from coach Birdsong, even though it meant missing out on his alma mater playing in the football state semifinals.

"I'm supposed to be up in Atlanta supporting my Syrupmakers right now," said Harris, with a smile, "but once I told him I'd come, my word is my bond."

Birdsong says, "It's been a lot of fun. We've had a lot of old-timers come in. Guys that I read about in the paper and had baseball cards of. Now to get to meet them in person, see their old buddies, and interact with new people, it's just been a great day."

Birdsong was also a coach on the South Coast League champion South Georgia Peanuts in their inaugural season.

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