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All Kids Can

CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camps is trying to find teams made up of kids with disabilities (physical and/or intellectual) to take part in one of nine free camps being offered this baseball season at Fenway Park!

The CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camps at Fenway Park provide New England children with disabilities an action-packed, dream-fulfilling experience playing ball and getting batting tips from Batting Coach Dave Magadan. The camps are part of CVS Caremark’s national philanthropic All Kids Can program, which focuses on helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life.

HOW COOL IS THAT?! Do you know a New England based kid with disabilities who loves baseball? Spread the word!

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and CVS Caremark blogging program to be eligible to win a $50 gift card. I’d put it up anyway though because it’s an AWESOME  opportunity!!

For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Friday’s Foto Finish Fiesta

Candid Carrie sponsors this one – head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers who’ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

Mike (and Indians fan)  and I (a Red Sox fan) went the Sox/Indians game on Wedensday. The Indians won, but we had a good time anyway 😉

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We were in the last row in our section…and Mike’s seat had a lovely obstructed view of Home plate.

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I could see home plate from my seat…around the pole.

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If we looked straight, we had a lovely view of 2nd base. (You gotta love Fenway! 😉 )

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Justin Masterson

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Dustin Pedroia

Jason Bay

Jason Bay

Mike Lowell

Mike Lowell

Jason Varitek

Jason Varitek

Perfect Anniversary Date

Last night, Mike and I watched the Red Sox beat the Indians to clinch a spot in the post season at Fenway.

Why is this a great anniversary date? Well – a whole bunch of reasons!! I am a Red Sox fan. Mike is an Indians fan. Have I mentioned that the Sox and Indians played on our wedding day? And that the Indians KILLED the Sox that day? (Which meant that I had to wear a home-made t-shirt the next day to our BBQ…something about the Indians rocking or something…)

Anyway…we try to get Sox/Indians tickets every year. This year, we just happened to pick a KICK BUTT game! 🙂

Tickets

Tickets

On my way out the door, I told the kids I was going to a baseball game and Burke started to sing “Everybody clap your hands!” CLAP, clap, clap, clap, CLAP, clap, clap, clap, CLAP, clap clap, clap, CLAP. (his favorite part about going to the Lowell Spinners game.) You know the song…it was a super funny McD’s commercial for a while. I can’t not embed it now… 😉

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I drove to the subway station, met Mike on the platform out by his place of employment, and then we rode in together. When we got there it was, as usual, a mob scene. Go to find our section to sit down, do the typical enter the right section, turn around and look at the rows thing…but can’t see our row. I must have looked a bit confused because one of the attendents came over to help out and said, “Oh – your seats are right here.” She then turned us around and lead us to our seats *5* rows from the field … and wiped the seats down for us. Holy froofie! But OMG! We were 5 rows from the field!! We could See Jacoby Elsbury’s face! Of course, all I brought was my camera phone (duh, Nancy)…so the pictures don’t really do it justice.

Jacoby Elsbury

Jacoby Elsbury

And we were this close the the bullpens. Unfortunately, we could only see into the Indian’s ‘pen, but we could HEAR the Sox ‘pen. They all do this crazy drum beat thing. And they’re GOOD. It actually sounded like they had a snare drum in there…but they use water bottles and things and just bang on the metal of the bullpen. Not sure who started that, but my guess would be Timlin.

The Bullpens

The Bullpens

As with most seats at Fenway, these were on the “special” side. If we sat back a faced forward, this was our view:

View From Our Seats

View From Our Seats

Ya. My neck still has a crick in it from looking left the whole time. heh

The Indian’s pitcher (Lee) has this incredible record coming into the game (22 – 2), and is pretty much a shoe-in for the Cy Young award. Meaning, he’s a tough guy to win against.

Mike was good enough to smile – even if his team wasn’t winning.

Mike

Mike

There was the requisite singing of Sweet Caroline. I have video, but YouTube isn’t cooperating right now, so perhaps I’ll add it later. I also have video of the bullpen cadence and of the final out…again – perhaps later.

And then the celebration!! I can’t believe we were AT this game 🙂 If you look REALLY close, you can see the gathering on the pitching mound.

Celebration on the Mound

Celebration on the Mound

And since I’m such a people watcher, I had to take a picture of this Henry Fonda look-a-like (in his On Golden Pond days) who was sitting right behind us.

Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda?

Mike and I couldn’t resist purchasing a little something on our way out of the park.

Baseball Hats!

Baseball Hats!

(Although, Mike did state that he’d be requesting Indian’s hats for Christmas…)