GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Monday morning, some of the English as Second Language (ESL) players for the Grand Junction Rockies went to Rimrock Elementary School to read books to kids as a part of their summer reading program. It's a chance for the players to work on their English speaking and spend time with the kids.
"It is so much fun," said Rockies English teacher Michael Peitsmeyer. "It is an absolutely incredible experience. The kids seem to enjoy it, the players seem to enjoy it. It's beneficial for both parties. It's so much fun to work with professional baseball players and they are all eager to learn because learning English is so important for them to be successful here in the states."
"Reading is different and speaking is different," said pitcher Anderson Amarista. "I like their smiles and their questions are good," outfielder Yolki Pena said.
And they all seem to have a favorite book.
"The hair book," said Pena. "The hair book, yeah," Amarista said. "The hair book and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," said outfielder Walking Cabrera.