American Family Field 'Dream Day' gives youth teams rare opportunity

With the Milwaukee Brewers on the road, six lucky teams got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swing a bat Wednesday, June 29.

"Dream Day" at American Family Field was a hit with players and fans alike. The battle on the diamond gave the teams a chance to play where the pros do.

"It's awesome just to think that (MLB players) touched on this field, and so am I," said Tyler Waldow.

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Waldow and Layten Gerdes agree the experience reaches far beyond the final score.

"This is great. Not much kids get to experience this," Gerdes said. "You couldn’t put it in a better chapter in a book. This is it, this is great."

"Dream Day" at American Family Field; June 29, 2022

Of course, one can't forget about the boys' biggest fans.

"I love my mom. She's so good, supports me in everything," said Waldow. "She's my supporter/ I love her, and its awesome having her watching me today."

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It's a Dream Day two moms will never forget either.

"(It's) a great memory for them to have as they grow up and move on," Tyler's mom Renee Waldow said.

"For these kids it's a big deal. It doesn't happen very often, let a lone in a little small community where we are from," said Lauren Gerdes, Layten's mom.

"Dream Day" at American Family Field; June 29, 2022

As the players stepped up to home plate, even with some strikes, it was a home run day in their hearts.

For the players, it was their last catch as U-14 travel players; in the fall, they will be back playing high school ball.

Organizers of Big League Dreams said the offering is on a first-come, first-served basis. More information can be found on the organization's website.