Today is the BIG day. My husband and I are in GA at the World Series with our son, Parker. Last night excitement was in the air…but that’s not all that was in the air! Three parachute jumpers with red smoke shooting from their shoes opened the ceremonies with a dramatic entrance onto the local football field of Lagrange, Georgia. Next, they introduced each of the 11 teams representing their state (we are representing Tennessee, of course) and announced each player by name. It was a touching moment. Out of 2000 teams that participated in the beginning tournaments, only 12 teams remain in the 11/12 division. We were one of them. It was in that moment that we realized…whether we win, lose, or tie, it’s an honor to have made it this far.
Before the ceremonies began, the boys were fed Barbecue, a favorite southern dish, and invited to share State pins with the other participants. Parker secured his pins from each state on his World Series towel for safe keeping. That’s a treasure I hope he keeps for the rest of his life.
After the teams were seated, school aged gymnastics’ thrilled and entertained us with their skills. Acknowledgments were made to the community for all their support. The mayor and the Dixie Youth commissioner was thanked for all their hard work, and an special honor was given on one of the Dixie Youth officials who had attended all 53 World Series.
Our own Jay Roden hit 17 home-runs in the first round of the “Home-Run Derby.” In the second round, he hit 6 more landing him third place and the owner of a new baseball glove! Go Jay!!! The night closed with a breath taking display of fireworks and confetti!!
We play our first game tonight at 6:00. As butterflies dance in the stomachs of the players, coaches, and parents, we’d appreciate your prayers…for safety, endurance to play in these scorching hot temperatures, good sportsmanship, strength, quick legs, wise judgment at bat, and a memory building experience for all!! On a side note, please pray that none of us get sick like we did at State, nor have the bathroom door opened for all to see when I’m trying to “potty” in private!
Oh, if you see me on T.V, I’m the one with the fancy orange and white finger nails! If we go all the way, I’ve promised to dye my hair orange!