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'Big L' parades through communities on what should have been opening day

Posted at 4:58 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 18:51:47-04

(LEX 18) — Thursday was supposed to be opening day for the Lexington Legends.

"We wish we were at the ballpark, there's nothing we'd want more right now than to be there," said Lexington Legends spokesperson Anne Mapson. "You look back at how last season ended, we certainly didn't think this is how the season would start."

The Legends were also supposed to begin defending back-to-back South Atlantic Championships. The team won on a walk-off homerun last year to win its second straight title.

Instead of playing baseball, the organization went out into the community.

There were five parades throughout the day where fans and families safely lined the streets to say hello to the Legends' infamous mascot: Big L.

"The first time we turned onto a block where there were kids that were waving at Big L, it just reinforced what we were doing and made it seem like this is where we're supposed to be this morning and being a part of the community," said Mapson. "As much as we wish we were at the ballpark, this is a great way to use this day if we can't be there."

The team has also been engaging with fans through social media. They had giveaways throughout the entire day, and shared photos of everyone who still supports the ball club.

"We miss our fans a ton right now and this keeps us connected to them so that when the time does come for baseball to start again, we've been in contact with everyone, and we're relevant to everyone because we can't wait to get the community back to the ballpark," said Mapson.