On Monday morning, the Taney Dragons boarded a bus to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional champions from Center City have gained quite a few notable fans for the tournament, which begins Thursday. Taney will play its first game in the 16-team World Series against Southeast Regional champion South Nashville (Tenn.) on Friday at 3 p.m. at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.
Among the new supporters are the Phillies. First baseman Ryan Howard said he hopes the Dragons seize the opportunity.
"It's a special place to be able to make it there," Howard said. "Any kid that age has always dreamed about being able to play in the Little League World Series. I remember I was watching it and wishing I could be there to play at that age. . . . But getting there is the first step. They have an opportunity to get there and try to win the whole thing. Don't be happy with just making it there. Take it. Why not?"