|Published:||Oct 27, 2013 2:08 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 27, 2013 8:32 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. --- While millions bite their nails over the MLB World Series, Lee County is busy hosting its own grand slam for the next four weeks.
The first pitches have been thrown in the Roy Hobbs World Series.
"Goodness what makes Lee County a good spot? Where do I start?"
For Roy Hobbs President Tom Giffen, Lee County is a home run, when it comes to hosting their annual World Series tournament.
According to Giffen, "No one really gets it like Fort Myers and Lee County does."
Giffen says the county really understands the love of the sport, and the advantages that come with it.
In 2012, county offiicals estimate the series pumped more than $12 million back into the local economy.
"That includes airlines, hotels, rental cars, eating," said Giffen.
But according to Giffen, what makes the ocunty special, is its ability to keep players coming back for the Roy Hobbs "offseason."
He estimates about 10% of his guys buy homes, ren condos, or purchase timeshares in the area.
Guys like Akron Blues player Carl Rakich, who first came here 18 years ago, and never left.
"It was a natural thing, so comfortable here that we feel in love, wanted to retire so we bought a home," said Rakich.
Carl says he's not the only one, most of this team has property here too.
So when the game ends, that's when the spending begins.
"When my team comes down, we go out together, we eat as a team. We've learned all about the community, restaurants," said Rakich.
And with more than 4,000 players, plus their famlies, this year looks to be a grand slam once again.
The tournament continues through November 23rd.
Games are free to watch.