SAN FRANCISCO -- Around a dozen kids were ecstatic to be on a Major League field and interacting with Major League players, while the players, in turn, were excited to meet the Little Leaguers who captivated baseball fans throughout the state in late August.
Players from the Petaluma National Little League team were at AT&T Park on Wednesday in a special visit arranged by the team, getting recognized before the game for their run in the Little League World Series in which they placed second in the U.S. bracket and third overall.
"Coming to a Major League field, this is something that they'll cherish," Petaluma coach Trevor Tomei said.
Several Giants players came over to the Petaluma players during batting practice to introduce themselves, congratulate them and sign autographs. The Petaluma players, many of whom are Giants fans, stayed to watch the Giants play the Rockies as they look to embark on a World Series run of their own.
"That's one of the things that you work for, and they put in the time and effort and they got there," Hunter Pence said.
MLB to wait and see on NL batting title
SAN FRANCISCO -- Melky Cabrera looks to be headed toward winning the National League batting title, and while not leaning toward unprecedented action that would overturn that achievement, Commissioner Bud Selig said Wednesday that Major League Baseball is taking a wait-and-see approach.
Cabrera had been batting .346 before getting banned 50 games for violating MLB's drug policy, which stood seven points above the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen as of Wednesday. Cabrera has 501 plate appearances this season, one fewer than the required amount, but Cabrera would still win the batting title if an extra hitless at-bat is added and his average is still the highest among qualified players.
"Well, we'll see how it all plays out," Selig said. "We generally don't interfere in that process as you know, but we'll take a look at it."
Giants manager Bruce Bochy declined to comment Wednesday beyond saying, "It's the rule, I don't know how you could change it."
Jay Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.