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Ace carries on the Sadowski baseball tradition

Bradenton resident Chris Jones sings two national anthems

A native Texan, current Bradenton resident Chris Jones sang the Canadian and American anthems prior to Thursday's Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Toronto Blue Jays at LECOM Park in Bradenton.
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A native Texan, current Bradenton resident Chris Jones sang the Canadian and American anthems prior to Thursday's Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Toronto Blue Jays at LECOM Park in Bradenton.

Giggling as he threw a baseball to his father, Ace Sadowski, 4, turned and leaped into his mother’s arms only to quickly run to retrieve the ball for another pitch.

Baseball runs in the family.

Ace’s granddad, Jim Sadowski, was a relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1974 season and played for Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds minor league teams in the ’70s. Sadowski played a couple of winter seasons in Venezuela as well. Jim also is the nephew of former big-league players Bob, Ted and Ed Sadowski.

As his granddad enjoyed a cool beverage in the shade, Ace continued to perfect his pitch with his parents at LECOM Park in the food court on Thursday as the Pirates hosted the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring training. Find more coverage from the game in Sports, 1B.

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