|Published:||Oct 23, 2012 7:21 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 23, 2012 7:21 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, FLa.- Baseball players from all over the country and around the world are in Southwest Florida for the Roy Hobbs World Series.
The annual adult amateur tournament draws thousands to Lee County's Four baseball facilities.
Over the next four weeks players in eight age groups ranging from 25 to over 70 years old will battle it out on the diamond.
"Being able to do this at this age now, after 35, you get to enjoy a lot and spend some time for old friends, it's pretty good for us, I mean we enjoy this time," Carlos Morales of the Puerto Rico Yankees said.
The Roy Hobbs World Series is in its 24th year. This marks its 20th year in Lee County.
More than 200 teams translating to 3,500 players will take the field this year, but despite the success, owner Tom Giffen says it's about the game.
"This is family and so it's a special thing. Baseball for adults has really exploded in a lot of places and we just happen to be fortunate to be able to put something like this one and help these guys create memories," Giffen said.
Last year's tournament brought an $11 million total economic impact, according to Lee County Sports Authority Director Jeff Mielke.
This years tournament runs through November 17th at the Lee County Sports Complex, Terry Park, City of Palms Park, and JetBlue Park.
For more information and for a game schedule, click here.