On July 23, 2014, the Baseball United Foundation brought 14-year old baseball player Liam Shier from County Meath, Ireland to America. Liam — who traveled with his father — spent one week in America, training and playing baseball.
On the first day of his visit to America, Liam and his dad arrived at JFK Airport on July 23, 2014. They enjoyed a late lunch at Rory Dolan’s Restaurant in Yonkers, NY, before heading to their hotel in Hawthorne, NY.
Liam’s second day in America began with a baseball camp in Dobbs Ferry, NY, run by Hardball Training Center. Liam got some great instruction from Hardball instructors and he was interviewed by Nancy Haggerty of The Journal News for a feature story about the Baseball United Foundation.
That night, Liam visited Provident Bank Park to see the Rockland Boulders play the Trois-Rivières Aigles, thanks to the staff of Hardball Training Center!
Liam’s third day in America started off with a clinic at Hardball Training Center in Elmsford, NY. Liam was able to practice hitting, fielding, and throwing with Hardball instructors. He was also interviewed by News12 Westchester.
That evening, Liam and his dad paid a visit to Foley’s NY – home of the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame. They also got a chance to see the Empire State Building.
On the fourth day of Liam’s visit to America, we took him to North Kingstown, Rhode Island to play with the Slocum Baseball Club. The Slocum Baseball Club has been a huge supporter of Baseball Ireland and Ireland’s National Baseball Team for nearly two decades, so it was important to show them that baseball is alive and well in Ireland, thanks in large part to their efforts.
After the game, Liam and his father were treated to a post-game cookout at the field!
The fifth day of Liam’s trip to America was a day to rest and enjoy a game at Yankee Stadium. Thanks to tickets provided by Jack Curry of the YES Network, Liam and his dad were able to see the Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Being a shortstop himself, Liam was happy to get a chance to see Derek Jeter play in his final season.
On the sixth day, we headed up to Dutchess County Stadium – home of the Hudson Valley Renegades – for a clinic from MLB scout John Tumminia and former MLB pitcher Joe Ausanio.
Later that day, we headed to MLB Network Studios for a tour, thanks to Radegen Sports, Heidi Watney, and Sean Casey. While we were there, Sean Casey was kind enough to say hello and welcome Liam to America. Later on, we met Brian Kenny and learned that his grandmother was from County Roscommon, Ireland!
The final day of Liam’s trip was packed with more baseball instruction! This time, we headed to Ryder Park in Ossining, NY, for a clinic given by coach Brian Smith of Sandlot Sports. Following the clinic, Coach Smith gave Ryan a private hitting lesson!
We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this happen, especially Hardball Training Centers, Vinnie Malzahn, Bill Sullivan, Shaun Clancy, Foley’s NY, John Tumminia, Tyler Tumminia, Joe Ausanio, the Hudson Valley Renegades, Jack Curry, Brian Smith, Sandlot Sports, Radegen Sports, Alex Radetsky, Heidi Watney, Sean Casey, Slocum Baseball Club, PJ Fox, Ed Cooney, Jon Houston, Fran McCrossan, and many other people!