The Northern Little League all-stars were told Monday afternoon they were going to watch a movie.
When the popped the DVD in the player, it wasn't a movie. Several Atlanta Braves and manager Bobby Cox recorded personal messages to the Georgia team playing in the Little League World Series.
They saw it just hours before taking on Ohio in a winners bracket game in Pool A. The game is scheduled to start at 6 in Volunteer Stadium, but it is currently raining in Williamsport and the field is covered with a tarp.
Forget the rain, the Columbus kids now know they are Georgia's team.
"Tim Hudson told us to play hard, kick some tail and come back to Georgia with the championship," outfielder Jack Copley said.
It wasn't just Hudson, a Columbus native and former Chattahoochee Valley Little Leaguer, delivering the motivation.
The Braves captain Chipper Jones took the most time to wish the team well.
"Chipper told us good luck and they were watching us," third baseman Kobie Buglioli said. "I wouldn't have ever thought the Braves would be watching me play baseball."
While Chipper was a hit, rookie sensation Jason Heyward, only eight years removed from Little League, was the man to most of the boys.
Centerfielder Jalen Latta said his favorite was Heyward.
"He just said, we'll be watching," Latta said.
Asked what advice he would give Heyward, Latta just started laughing.
"Nothing," Latta said. "He already knows everything he needs to know."
Cox told them to bring the championship back and the Braves would be waiting on them.
The players were told they were going to watch the movie "The Lion King."
Second baseman Jack Tanner said he wasn't expecting the Braves on the television.
"I really thought we were going to watch 'The Lion King,'" Tanner said.