Take Us Out to the Ballgame!

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I’m not sure how we get to do such fun stuff but Lord, keep it coming.

We went to the Ball Game!

The West Michigan Whitecaps is our Minor League Baseball Team affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.  This organization is great. It’s so family and community oriented. Three times during the season they partner with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan and highlight a farm family – that’s where we come in.

The United Dairy Industry of Michigan is there to support all dairy farmers in our state. They do a wonderful job. That’s where I get all my swag for our dairy tours on our farm. They are very creative and helpful.

Jolene from UDIM emailed me one day and asked “Hey, how would you like to be the farm family at the West Michigan White Caps game?” I thought “Heck, why not!”

 A rare sighting of Farmer and A Farm Wife together outside their natural habitat.

A rare sighting of Farmer and A Farm Wife together outside their natural habitat.

So, I chose a night out of three dates. I was hoping we would be in between hay cuttings and it worked out great. We finished second cutting hay 3 days before the game.

She explained that there were four events we could participate in.

     1st pitch
     Crash Dash – someone 5 and under would race the mascot on the field.
     Frosty Fly Challenge – try to catch items launched into the air.
     Radio interview during the game.

I asked our grandson Clay to do the pitch, our youngest grandson Liam was the only one qualified to do the race, my daughter-in-law Holly, who is always willing to try anything, to do the challenge and I would just slide into the interviewing chair.

UDIM encouraged us to invite our families and supplied T-shirts for all of us.

I invited Dean Exoo from the Whitecaps on air with me at WHTC – my bi-weekly radio spot called A Farm Life with a Farm Wife. He joined me the Wednesday before the game. We let the listeners know what would be taking place that evening and invited them all to come along.

Finally, the night arrived. We had a little snafu with the tickets at Will Call but Dean to the rescue and we were all set.

Everyone signed in for their events. The Frosty Fly Challenge needed 3 suckers . . er, I mean contestants. So, my other daughter-in-law, Amber and my son, Dan stepped up to the plate. (get it? up to the plate?)

It was a beautiful night for a game. A little warm in the sun but the stadium was packed.

 Such dashing Farmers

Such dashing Farmers

Clayton was the seventh person to throw out the “1st” pitch. He was relieved he wasn’t the only one. He did a good job and looked so dashing in a farmerish way.

 Liam before the race - notice his nice big white shirt in the race.

Liam before the race - notice his nice big white shirt in the race.

Then, there was Liam. Oh my, what a cutie. He took off running and it didn’t look good at the beginning of the race, but he persevered and beat Crash.

Farmer and I were escorted in to the high echelon of the park – the broadcast booth. I made Farmer come along in case I was asked a question I couldn’t answer. Heaven forbid I answer wrong or unintelligent at the ball park – I do that enough on WHTC!

It was great. The guys up there were so nice. And Dan Hasty – talk about multi-tasking. He was broadcasting and interviewing at the same time. And, he’s a guy! (It’s well-known fact women are better multitaskers than men so lay down your hackles guys).

The interview was short and sweet, and I told him I if he would invite me back again I would bring him cookies. Well, that gave me an open invitation to “come on up” anytime. And, he just might be surprised in the future.

Frosty Fly Challenge was the last event for us. One daughter-in-law is known for her total lack of catching skills, my son who has a really bad back and our other daughter-in-law who won’t back down to any challenge. And they all lived up to their description. But, I must say there will never be such gorgeous or dashing Frosty Fly Challengers on the field ever again.

After we enjoyed more of the game we left around the 7th inning to help pass out chocolate  milk to everyone leaving the game.

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Farmer helped Nick and Justice who are with UDIM – two outstanding guys!

I can’t say thank you enough for the wonderful experience we ALL had.

First of all, UDIM. They truly have the best interest of the dairy industry and are there to help. If you ever want information on the dairy world you can ask me or them. If we don’t know, we’ll find someone who does.

Then there is Dean Exoo and the Whitecaps. What a wonderful organization and Dean is a servant at heart. Anything and everything we needed, he was ready to deliver.

Now that you’ve read this – go get a chocolate milk and read it again. I will be dairy delish!

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