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Mount Vernon baseball players learn life lessons

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Maybe it's a thrilling chase on the base-paths or crack of a bat on a hot summer day. No matter why they love this game, for this collection of 11- and 12-year-old baseball players in Mount Vernon, N.Y., all the hard work on and off the field is paying off.

These kids and their coaches will be playing a tournament during All-Star festivities in Minnesota as part of Major League Baseball's effort to revive baseball in inner cities.

Before these kids earned the right to go to Minnesota they had to submit their grades and two essays, one about what baseball taught them about life and the other about overcoming obstacles.

Catcher Devonta Neirine wrote about the value of hard work.

Captain J.R. said sports help him learn about leadership.

Justin Mandel said he just loves being out there with his teammates.

Mount Vernon baseball president Rich Sauerhaft said that although the world is competitive, it's not always about winning and losing. He said that sometimes it's about how you handle losing and dealing with things: picking yourself up when you get knocked down.

Dmitri Arrel wrote about how sports taught him to be better than people who bullied him; to be brave and do your best -- maybe the best reasons of all to love the game.

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