BAY COUNTY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - You are likely to see kids around Bay County in restaurants and stores wearing baseball jerseys.
This is week one of Grand Slam baseball, with that company bringing in 128 teams from all across the southeast and beyond.
Those teams getting play started Monday in 2018 Grand Slam World Series, session one.
Grand Slam using the fields at Bay, Bozeman and Frank Brown Park to host games.
The teams range from 8U to 14U.
This the first of four sessions of Grand Slam baseball set for Panama City and Panama City Beach this summer.
Another 240 teams already signed up for sessions two, three and four later this month and into July.
"The economic impact for the community is amazing, it's in the multi-millions of dollars," Larry Thompson, Grand Slam Baseball CEO said. "The condo's, the restaurants, all your vendors, all your retail outlets, they benefit from this every year. One thing I like to tell people is that residually is where it really is. Because if we do a good job with the tournament, as well as the community welcomes these folks, they're gonna come back for weddings, class reunions, vacations, things that don't have anything to do with baseball. So residually the economic impact is tremendous."
This week, and for three other weeks this summer, the focus is on baseball.