Rendon didn't go to the Academy alone. He brought along teammates Bryce Harper, Michael Taylor, Joe Ross, Blake Treinen and Ben Revere. To say the kids were happy to see their baseball heroes is an understatement. They were thrilled.
Harper was a first-base coach for one of the teams, giving baserunning tips to some of the kids and pointing others toward second base. Harper even guided some of the kids toward home plate as they scored a couple of runs.
"[Getting the teammates out here] wasn't too bad. You know, it's tough, because it's early in the morning, being there's a game at night," Rendon said. "But they know the cause behind it. They know how much of an impact they can make, especially on the platform that they all have."
Rendon replaces former teammate Ian Desmond as a board member of the Youth Academy. Rendon said he has big shoes to fill, realizing that Desmond did a lot of work at the Academy.
"He has been a great help, so I will try to keep in contact with him throughout the year," Rendon said about Desmond. "I'll try to memorize the kids' names. Ian is going to be a big help. He is not going anywhere, even though he is with a different team."