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Fans Welcome Home Goodlettsville All-Stars

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Goodlettsville, Tenn.'s Jake Rucker (18), Luke Brown (14) and Lorenzo Butler (8) celebrate after winning the U.S. championship baseball game against Petaluma, Calif. , at the Little League World Series, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (AP) Goodlettsville, Tenn.'s Jake Rucker (18), Luke Brown (14) and Lorenzo Butler (8) celebrate after winning the U.S. championship baseball game against Petaluma, Calif. , at the Little League World Series, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (AP)

by Heather Graf

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Goodlettsville's very own boys of summer arrived back in town on Monday, to a hero's welcome. They've spent the last two weeks at the Little League World Series, and came home as U.S. Champions.

The team arrived at Nashville International Airport around 2:15 p.m. Monday, after several flight changes. Upon their arrival they were greeted at the gate by fans and news media. 

"I'll probably remember just playing with this team, playing in the World Series, when we won the final  game, when we won the U.S. championship, just enjoying the moment and celebrating," said Goodlettsville All-Star Andrew Snyder.

When leaving the airport, the team was transported by bus and police escort back home to Goodlettsville. 

"These young men. These young men that sit on this stage today have literally built the field of dreams for us as citizens and children of this park system. A field of dreams to stand on and play on forever, said John Coombs, Goodlettsville Mayor.

Fans were encouraged to line from Rivergate Parkway to Main Street in Goodlettsville before a welcome home celebration at Goodlettsville City Hall. Many showed up at the town square to celebrate the boy's arrival. 

"He needs that in his life, and I'm thankful for everyone has supported him to this day," said Yumicka Samuels, who is Lorenzo Butler's proud mother.

Butler hit three, three-run home runs on Saturday's game against California.  At one point during the game, his name was the number one trending topic on Twitter for the entire country.

"I was like, wow, I was shocked," said his mother.  "But I was happy and I was excited."

She was among hundreds of fans who packed the square that surrounds Goodlettsville City Hall on Monday.

"We never expected to see this kind of turn out. We've been hearing about it, but to actually see it in person is pretty special," said Joey Hale, Team Manager.

The boys fell short to Japan Sunday, losing 12 to 2 in just 5 innings. Fans were still proud of what the team managed to accomplish.

"I know they'll remember this for the rest of their lives, and what life I've got left, I'm going to remember it too," said fan Donna Wheeler. "I think it's just great that they've done this and come this far."

The team will have larger welcome home event, including a parade, on Saturday, September 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Moss Wright Park in Goodlettsville.

In the meantime, the boys said they're looking forward to catching up on their sleep, after spending weeks on the road.

"I want to sleep in my own bed, that's for sure," said Goodlettsville All-Star Brock Myers. "It's going to be fun being home. I haven't been home in over a month."

After some well-deserved rest and relaxation, they'll head back to school, to catch up on the classes they missed while at the Little League World Series.

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