2018 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION Red Sox’s now LA Dodgers’ Pitcher: JOE KELLY RECOGNIZED by the City of Corona

Wednesday May 1, 2019

Flying High with Fides By: Antoinette Ceniza From Left to Right: Council Member (D5) Wes Speake, Vice Mayor Jim Steiner, Council Member (D1)Jacque Casillas, Mayor Jason Scott, LA Dodgers Pitcher Joe Kelly, Council Member (D4)Yolanda Carrillo, City Treasurer Chad Willardson Edited by Steven Piasecki /Krischan Piasecki “Welcome Home, Joe Kelly!” There might have been a storm brewing that Wednesday, the 16th of January 2019, but it didn’t discourage supporters of Joe Kelly. The fans of the LA Dodgers’ new pitcher waited in a very long line and flocked outside the Council Chambers at the Corona City Hall that afternoon. The City of Corona hosted a “Meet and Greet” reception from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at 400 S. Vicentia Avenue for their popular Corona High School alumni. Afterwards was an awarding ceremony to recognize his outstanding baseball career achievements. Close to a thousand people showed up for the chance to meet, take photos, get an autograph, or even just have a glimpse of their local hero. There was a very festive atmosphere throughout the hallway as each fan waited for their turn to meet Joe. For the parents it was a feeling of excitement to meet a role model that grew up exactly where their own children were being raised. As far as the aspiring little baseball players go, they looked at Joe with awe and inspiration. Before Joe was a World Series Champion, he sharpened his teeth on the sandlots of Corona’s youth leagues. He toured with prominent travel ball teams where he gained exposure to college scouts, eventually landing him a scholarship to play at the University of California, Riverside. As a freshman, he switched from an outfielder to a pitcher, where he refined his raw potential into a formidable specialty. He got...... Read more on Full Issue!

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