Hundreds of mourners gathered Monday night to remember the little boy, Blaine Jewell, who died Sunday from a drowning accident.
It was a very emotional night for everyone who was at the field where the New York Yankees little league team plays ball, but on Monday, the team gathered in tears to remember one of their own.
They came out in numbers to remember their beloved number three.
"Blaine was like my best friend," said one of Blaine's friends.
Lots of tears were shed Monday night as Blaine's teammates, friends, and family gathered around the baseball diamond where Blaine planned to spend much of his summer. His parents given a baseball and helmet as his teammates looked on struggling to understand.
"They say time heals all wounds, but this is a pretty tough wound to heal," said Blaine's coach, Aaron Newton
Newton coaches the Yankees and often gave advice to who he calls a very eager learner.
"Anytime you would say anything to him to try to correct him, coach him, his eyes we're huge. He would just look at you with those huge eyes and say, ok, ok," Newton said.
And it was just this past Thursday night, that Blaine had what could have been his greatest moment on this very field his friends and family stood Monday night.
"He hit an inside of the park homerun on Thursday," his friend said.
His first little league homerun ever.
"He was so excited when he hit that," a teammate said.
But explaining why one of their star players is now gone won't be easy for Coach Newton, who had to try to explain it to his own son Sunday night.
"He was shocked and he just said, 'he died?' and I said 'yeah buddy, he's dead'. He said, 'oh, poor Blaine'. He said, 'how can we get him back?' That's tough," Newton said.
The fields were dark on Monday night, for all games were cancelled in honor of Blaine.
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