Sunday, January 27, 2008
Joe D Legends Game 2008
It must be spring (at least in So Fla anyway) because our Saturday consisted base ball tryouts in the AM and a old timers game of sorts in the afternoon.
Nicholas tryout went well but we don't know who drafted him as of yet...
The ballgame in the afternoon benefited the Joe DiMaggio children's hospital by bringing together retired players for an exhibition game. the roster included a number of Yankees, a few Mets, and even some Marlins but I don't think they qualify as "old" yet.. It was a good time even if none of the names carried enough star power to inspire Big B to attend. The highlight for me was trying to get Nicholas an autograph or two (which he did) but then I thought his ball was lost when he rolled it off the dugout roof and it fell to the ground. The players standing nearby disappeared into the dugout and I wasn't happy with Nicholas who I thought threw his ball when the players weren't paying attention or doing more autographs. After several minutes the field started to clear for the game and I was certain Nic lost his ball with Al Downing and Oreste Destrade signatures.
It didn't look good for Nic even though he swore a player asked for the ball. Well after about five minutes the player (blind daddy is unsure who it was) emerged from the dugout and looked right at Nicholas and rolled his ball back to him.
He took it into the dugout and had it signed by about 7 or 8 players...including Brooks Robinson! The feeling of the ball being lost and the look on Nicholas face...lousy, his expression when the player returned with the ball looking for him, Priceless!!! Old time ball players are pretty classy in our book, thanks.