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New Bedford’s WCYBL player, umpire share beautiful moment and start a new tradition

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The Whaling City Youth Baseball League is home to some of the fondest memories for thousands of men and woman who grew up in New Bedford. Those memories would never be possible without standup individuals in our community like Anthony Poente Jr, otherwise known as “UMP 72”.

5 years ago UMP 72 saw a young Nick Frias being the best bat boy he could be for his team McCann & Son’s, so he lobbied for Nick to get his first at bat and that he did. After the game, UMP 72 surprised Nick with the game ball and told him “I’ll see you in five years to get that ball back”.

Well, time has its way of speeding by and I’m sure Nick now has a collection of memories that will last him a lifetime. But last night was the night, that scheduled return of the ball took place!


Ump 72 and Nick both signed the ball, carefully placed it in a trophy casing and decided they should start a new tradition. Whaling City Youth Baseball League photo.


Ump 72 pulled out a new game ball, he and Nick both signed it and called over the current bat boy Landyn…”Here, we’ll see you in 5 years to get that ball back. Whaling City Youth Baseball League photo.


Whaling City Youth Baseball League photo.


Whaling City Youth Baseball League photo.


Whaling City Youth Baseball League photo.

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