By Mary Bubala

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Not the best weather for baseball but the bats were still swinging Thursday morning at Camden Yards!

Mary Bubala reports it was a special youth baseball clinic called “get the ball rolling.”

Inside the Orioles batting cages, 200 Baltimore City middle school students practiced their swing with players like Nate McLouth teeing up the balls.

The youth baseball clinic was organized by the Orioles outreach and Coco-Cola.

“It’s a great opportunity to get some kids out here, let them have some fun and teach them a little bit about baseball and kind of get them active,” McLouth said.

The students also got a taste of Orioles conditioning by doing squats while passing a 6 pound ball in a line while being timed.

And they got a feel for the player’s warm-up and strengthening exercises.

“I think it’s good that we are getting fitness out of it and have fun and enjoy it,” said Maya Senor, student.

“This here today is an example of how we can get active and be active, play sports and in the future I hope to do it more often,” said Bruce Jordan, student.

Students also met with a nutritionist who talked to them about fueling exercise with healthy food and drink.

“There were a lot of kids who had the fruit drink that’s mostly sugar water, so we did a little education on how to read the labels and what we should try to select,” said Christine Turpin, nutritionist.

This special event for Baltimore City school students started in 2010 and is now held at ballparks across the nation.

Former Orioles Al Bumbry, Larry Sheets and Bill Swaggerty were part of Thursday’s event with the students.


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