2010 RBI World Series
Partnering with MLB and KPMG, we served as hosts for the second consecutive year to the RBI World Series. 16 teams in total competed in two age divisions, Seniors and Juniors, and the Marlins RBI program represented the Southeast Region in the Juniors division in similar fashion to last year. They played exceptionally well during seeding games and had impressive performances including multiple homeruns from Franklyn Richardson and Gerald McCoy in their game against Boston RBI, however they were eliminated prior to reaching the finals.
This tournament was not just about playing games, but about opportunities. Having traveled from some underserved areas in their respective cities, this was a chance to play in front of MLB and collegiate scouts and increase their chance of playing at the next level and possibly continue their education. Scholarships were awarded to regular season RBI participants and flown in to receive their awards that were distributed by MLB and KPMG. For the Seniors from LA and Houston RBI, they were treated like professional athletes playing at Roger Dean Stadium in front of a live television audience thanks to MLB Network. They actually set a record; the longest rain delay in the history of Roger Dean Stadium 2 hours and 56 minutes.
A week after the boys ended their tournament, it was the ladies turn. With the defending champions, Hawaii, not making it to the World Series the field was wide open. No hitters were thrown, tremendous plays were made, and the speed game of softball was played all day long as part of double headers. The young ladies had the opportunity to meet Olympic gold medalist Natasha Watley as well as Sharon Robinson during the opening banquet. Teams battled all week long and when it was all said and done, Tampa and LA faced off in what turned out to be a rain shortened championship game where LA outlasted Tampa.