Triple A Champs, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, welcomed home


MOOSIC, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It was a big welcome home late Wednesday afternoon for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

After winning the Triple A baseball championship in Tennessee Tuesday night, the team returned home to cheering crowds around 3:00 PM.

When the team arrived back in Lackawanna County, they ditched their charter bus and jumped on fire trucks and even a Lackawanna County trolley.

With sirens blaring, they then took a short trip through Taylor, Scranton and Moosic to return back to PNC Field.

“This is awesome. I’ve been a Yankees fans for all of my life,” Pam Guido of Scranton said.

As the team arrived at PNC Field, they were greeted by hundreds of cheering fans.

“For this area, I don’t think this has ever happened, anything like this, a national championship,” Steve Masakowski of Newport Township said.

“I love the Yankees. My father loved the Yankees!” Donna Hornick of Hanover Township said.

With 98 wins overall this season, the most in franchise history, fans say the team won despite a lot of changes.

“We’re season ticket holder and we’ve watched them and they stepped up when there was call-ups,” Russ Major of Sweet Valley said.

As the players get ready to rest, fans got to take a picture with the National Championship Trophy and now they’re already looking towards the future.

“It was all worth it. I had a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to next season and them getting the Governor’s Cup and championship again,” Masakowski said.

The RailRiders beat the El Paso Chihuahuas Tuesday night 3-1 to become champions.

As a result, Lackawanna County commissioners declared Wednesday “RailRiders Day” in Lackawanna County.

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