After undergoing a massive renovation, Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport hosted the first annual Little League Classic this past August between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. Ironically, the Phillies weren’t involved even though the stadium is the home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Phillies short-season A-ball affiliate. That will change in 2018 when the Phillies and Mets will play in the game next August 19th with the Phillies as the home team.
Major League Baseball used the inaugural game as an opportunity for Little League players from around the world to get to see and meet major leaguers up close. Pirates and Cardinals players attended Little League World Series games earlier in the day before playing their game at night. The Phillies and Mets will do the same thing.
“The interactions throughout the day between the Major League players and Little Leaguers was something that those involved will remember forever. We are pleased to once again have the opportunity to help create these special memories next August,” said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in a statement.
The Phillies and Mets will open the four-game series August 16th at Citizens Bank Park before travelling to Williamsport for the Sunday Night game which will be televised by ESPN. The game wraps up a six-game homestand for the Phillies, who play two games at home against Boston on August 14 and 15 before the Mets come to town.