Park View Little League Team May Get Monument

Park View Team From Chula Vista Won 2009 Little League World Series

The boys of Park View who brought home the 2009 Little League World Series title may now be honored with a bronze monument in downtown Chula Vista.

Local artist Mark Martensen designed the monument. It would stand 20 feet wide and 5 feet tall and include the likenesses of all 12 players from the team as well as their coach and manager.

Martensen, along with Chula Vista businessman Jack Blakely, will present the plan to the Chula Vista City Council during a September meeting. They hope to cover the $150,000 price tag through corporate and private donations and not cost the cash-strapped city any money. Donors would be featured with individual plaques on the back of the monument.

Blakely said the players, who are now all 13 and 14 years old, deserve the honor.

"You figure they beat like 5,000 or 6,000 teams to accomplish that feat," he told 10News. "That’s not an easy thing to do."

If the monument is approved and enough funds are raised, the monument could sit at the corner of 4th Avenue and Park Way. It would be just a few feet from another Chula Vista monument, the Rohr drop hammer.

The monument would not be Martensen's first work of art for the city. Chula Vista commissioned Martensen to sculpt two other statues: one featuring two life-sized firefighters that stands outside Fire Station 7 in Otay Ranch as a memorial to emergency workers, and another outside of police headquarters downtown of two life-sized police officers that stands in the middle of a memorial dedicated to those who were killed in the line of duty.

Martensen said his sons played baseball with some of the Park View little leaguers and he said he was captivated by their run to the title.

"I feel very connected," said Martensen. "I feel honored to be able to try and put something forward for the kids forever."

Some of the Park View players told 10News they didn't know what to think. They just returned to San Diego from Williamsport, Pa., where they were honored at this year's Little League World Series.

"I don't know. I'm just trying not to let it get to my head [and] stay humble," 13-year-old Bradley Roberto told 10News. "That's going to be great just to have a statue in our honor."

Andy Rios, who is now 14 and a freshman in high school, said the monument might be fitting because their team is a part of history.

"I guess the whole team is and I am because we broke tons of records at Williamsport," said Rios.