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Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Baseball Birthday

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My great-nephew, Carson, will celebrate his 10th birthday on Monday. His parents gave him a wonderful birthday party on Friday night in the form of a birthday package at a minor league baseball park. Included in the package was a birthday cake and the opportunity to throw out a "first" pitch. I put that "first" in quotation marks because there were several children celebrating birthdays who each got to throw out the "first" pitch.

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Above is Carson with his dad, Dave.

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The children (and a few adults) were lined up in order of their ages, youngest first. Here, they're receiving some last-minute instructions from a guy in a hula skirt.

Then they were introduced by name to throw their pitch. After everyone had thrown, each one was given a baseball to keep. Following is a video clip of Carson's pitch.


Somewhere around the third or fourth inning, the birthday celebrant and his guests could go to a small picnic area to enjoy the birthday cake.

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Of course, the baseball game itself was part of the fun evening, too. And the home team won!

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Here, the opposing pitcher manages to catch one of the home team guys trying to steal second base.

There was always something going on between innings.

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A beautiful golden retriever entertained the crowd with a variety of activities including retrieving stray balls, dropped bats, and an occasional frisbee. In the above picture, the dog is delivering a bottle of water to an umpire.

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Here, the grounds crew drop their equipment and break into a dance.

Of course, our fellow spectators provided a degree of entertainment, too.

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This is a photo of the shirt of a guy who was sitting in front of me.

After the game, a fireworks display provided a perfect ending to the day.

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Carson's mom reports that, as Carson was getting ready for bed Friday night, he declared that it had been "the best day of my life."

11 comments:

  1. I'm sure this is a birthday he will never forget.

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  2. What a fun day for a birthday boy. And may Carson's declaration be said many, many times again through the years. Happy Birthday, Carson!

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  3. I think you're right, Ruth.

    Hilary - Carson had declared his first day in the first grade as "his best day ever" in a conversation with his Aunt Beckie on that momentous occasion. And now he's had another "best day." His young life got off to a rough start, so it brings joy to my heart to see him having these "best days." Thank you for your wish that he might have many more.

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  4. It certainly looked like a fantastic day, what a wonderful thing for him to say :o)

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  5. This was certainly a best day. Your team must be the Islanders or similar name. I have a team over east of me I like because they are the Bees. I get hungry as soon as I get in a ball park.I never watch it on TV but love the energy live.

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  6. Oh! How sweet! What a perfect birthday for him! It made me think about how much my nephew would LOVE something like this. Glad he'll have this memory.

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  7. Deborah - It was a pretty fantastic day. I'm sure it blessed his parents' hearts to hear him say it was the best day of his life. :)

    Steve - The team we all went to see was the Tin Caps. They were pretty impressive for a Single A team. The food was looking mighty good, but the prices were a little too high for our liking. You're absolutely right about the energy of a live game versus watching on television.

    Thanks, Elizabeth. It WAS a pretty perfect birthday celebration for a pretty special boy. Maybe you can look into something similar for your nephew.

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  8. Great, never-to-be-forgotten birthday fun for Carson! We have a minor league team near us, and it's wonderful, family-friendly, and affordable entertainment.

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  9. Deb - It really was a special day for Carson, and I do think it will be a lasting memory for him. You're right about the entertainment value of having a minor league team in your area.

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  10. What a nice job of reporting on Carson's birthday, Linda. I can picture him showing this to his grandchildren someday. :)

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  11. Sandra - Carson might have grandchildren before he finds out about this post. He's pretty shy about appearing on the internet, so his parents probably haven't told him about this.

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