Play Ball

This weekend provided a good distraction … opening day of the kids’ baseball season.  It started bright and early on Saturday (too early, in my opinion) with the opening day parade and ceremony.  It’s a really neat time when all the Little League teams gather and walk down a closed-off portion of a major thoroughfare. While it was a little chilly (as in the low 40s), the kids had a ball.

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The thundering herds start to gather

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J is ready

They all took turns holding the team banner

They all took turns holding the team banner

Parading past the throngs of well-wishers gather along the parade route.

Parading past the throngs of well-wishers gathered along the parade route.

J perfected the tipping of his hat towards the spectators

J perfected the tipping of his hat towards the spectators

Once the parade was over, all the teams gathered on a field for opening ceremonies

Once the parade was over, all the teams gathered on a field for opening ceremonies

And what respectable ceremony doesn't include snacks?

And what respectable ceremony doesn’t include snacks?

Coach K was appropriately dressed for the weather

Coach K was appropriately dressed for the weather

Skreetch, the Washington Nationals' mascot, made an appearance.

Screetch, the Washington Nationals’ mascot, made an appearance.

Not long after the ceremonies finished, it was time for the kids’ first game.  I wasn’t able to take many pictures of the game itself, since both K and I are assisting with coaching the team this year.  For this game, I was running the mechanical pitching machine while K was umpiring at second base.

A (begrudgingly) read the players' oath.

A (begrudgingly) read the players’ oath

J geared up to play catcher for an inning.

J geared up to play catcher for an inning.

One game down, 3,246 to go this season.

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2 Comments on “Play Ball”

  1. quotation marks Says:

    Sorry I missed the parade. Thanks for the pics. The game was great. Entire family on field…..playing. Pitching machine setting up and operation. Now it makes engineering degree worth it.
    🙂

  2. miss V. Says:

    So great the whole family is taking part !! I am sure it will be a great season. Lots of games and even more memories !! Keep the blogs coming Not Ned, we love them.


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