WMBD/WYZZ-TV - CHILLICOTHE, Ill. - There were some pretty big kids having a ball at IVC High School Saturday.
"Baseball is a kid's game, so all of us never really grew up, we're still kids," said IVC grad Josh Parr. So we enjoy it as much as they do."
Parr, who's in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, was one of four minor leaguers who joined Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach McAllister for a fundrasier at their alma mater. All five players are Chillicothe natives and products of IVC head baseball coach Jerry Rashid.
"All the Parrs, Chris Razo and myself," said McAllister. "To think we all came from Chillicothe and IVC. We're all fortunate to play under Jerry Rashid. It's been great."
Chris Razo, last season's Missouri valley Conference pitcher of the year out of Illinois State, was one of the former Grey Ghost stars back at his old high school
"You sit here and realize how special this really is," the Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer said. "I know when we're older, we're going to sit back and think how amazing it is we had this many guys (from one small town) at one time playing pro ball."
The players signed autographs, threw batting practice to area youngsters, and tried to hit off Little Leaguers inside the school gymnasium. The funds raised Saturday afternoon with help underwrite the school baseball team's spring trip to Tennessee this season.
"It's something we enjoy doing for Coach Rashid," explained Arizona minor leaguer Jordan Parr. "And for the high school players, it's important for them to take a trip to Tennessee."
Jordan's twin brother Justin, who was selected by the Phillies in last June's draft, also got a kick out of checking out the youth players who someday might be the next group of IVC grads to hit pro baseball.
"You talk to the kids," Justin Parr said. "Not everyone is a star out of high school. You see a lot of different paths here. They can see all that."