Saturday we woke to a high of 92 degrees with a chance of thunderstorms. There was a nice breeze, so I’ll take it.
First stop – a team meeting at the Wide World of Sports globe…and then the girls were off. Meeting girls from other teams and exchanging Trading pins. Then a quick team pic before preparing for the Parade of Champions.
And that’s when the real fun began. Though we were hot, sweaty and tired in the stands, we woke up when the emcee started pulling folks from the audience to participate in his games.
One of those folks called was our very own Tom Kent, Celia’s dad. When asked what he did for a living, Tom answered “I work”. Nice one Captain Ambiguous. Tom’s task on the softball field in front of thousands? To “act out” a song. Even better? The song was MC Hammer, You Can’t Touch This. And I’m not sure we want to anyway. Touch it I mean. Gotta say, Tom has some slick dance moves. If you don’t believe me I have pictures. And his wife has video. Sorry Tom, the pictures were too good not to post. Guess I’ll sleep with one eye open.
Festivities aside, it was great to see all of the participating teams parade through the field, and in some cases do back handsprings and other gymnastics moves. Our Finesse Girls were the coolest of course. They just are.
Following the parade, all of the players filed into the stands to watch a Pro Fastpitch game – USSSA Pride vs Chicago Bandits.
With excitement in the air, the Finesse girls started throwing beads and candy into the crowd. Giggling, laughing and enjoying the whole experience, it was a treat to watch them all having such a great time.
After the second inning, it was time for the crowd to try to set a record for the most people in one place doing the dance to Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe”. Not sure if any records were set, but it was fun!! Maybe we need a feature mix of Call Me Maybe and You Can’t Touch This. Just a thought.
In no particular order (because I’m still figuring out how to blog from my iPad) here are some pics from the day…
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