April means baseball and #priceless family traditions. Hopefully, from reading our past posts you know how much our family loves to play and watch sports.
Last month, we really enjoyed college basketball’s March Madness, but our bracket was blown the first week. Our children carefully studied Warren Buffet’s challenge for the perfect bracket. Next year, they plan to run more mathematic algorithms to figure out the right picks. Meanwhile, what a shame that the #8 seed Kentucky couldn’t win. The last time that happened was in 1985 when Villanova took the crown. Do you remember where you were that night? Our gang paraded down the Main line. But, that is a story for another time…
So now that spring is here, April Means Baseball. Four highlights for our family are:
1. Little League Starts:
Baseball season kicks off in our town with the annual Little League parade and champions game. The parade is such a wonderful slice of Americana.
April Means Baseball:Little League Season Opener
Luckily, our son was drafted to the majors but much to the chagrin of serious Yankee fans he plays for the Mets. Luckily, his team won the first game of opening day. As Yogi Berra says “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets“ so we are looking forward to a great season of Little League. The Little League season opener also marks the launch of our annual family tradition of hitting professional baseball games.
2. Our Family Tradition of Hitting Every Baseball Park in America
A few years ago, when we decided to visit family in Pittsburgh and in Evansville, Indiana we researched places for family fun along the way. Since our family is filled with baseball players and fans, we decided to map out our trip by visiting major league parks along the way. Our children happily embraced the new tradition especially since they collected a signature ball from every park. Along our tour, we always rounded-up local friends to participate in the festivities which makes for wonderful memories. So far we have visited 20 parks:
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Cincinnati Reds
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Cleveland Indians
- New York Mets
- New York Yankees: both stadiums
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Washington Nationals
- Baltimore Orioles
- Detroit Tigers
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Anaheim/LA Angels
- Chicago Cubs
- Chicago White sox
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Boston Red Sox
- Houston Astros
- Texas Rangers, Dallas
- Atlanta Braves
- Tampa Bay Rays
Soon, we will be launching our blog series on traveling to the different parks. Please let us know if you have any tips we should include.
3. #Priceless Baseball
Given our love of baseball, we often tweet about our visits and events. Last year, MasterCard graciously invited us to attend the All-Stars concert in Central Park. This season, MasterCard again discovered our tweets and offered us the #priceless surprise of attending a Yankees batting practice. Unfortunately, at the time, we were visiting family in Texas so MasterCard sent us a Daryl Strawberry autographed baseball instead. You can only imagine the joy on the boy’s faces when it arrived. One of the favorite things of childhood is receiving a package in the mail! Just #Priceless! We thank MasterCard for the generous gift and plan to continue to use our card as we travel across America to different parks!
4. Great Baseball Movies Hit The Screen
Another way we get into the spirit of the baseball season is by watching our favorite baseball movies such as 42! This season, Disney is celebrating the start of baseball with a pitching contest for its upcoming release: “Million Dollar Arm“. The movie is an incredible true story about two young men who grew up in India and went from never throwing a baseball to getting a Major League tryout. To create excitement, Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest.
Amateur baseball pitchers—male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older—are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the “Million Dollar Arm” Pitching Contest at either Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, Disneyland® Resort in California or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and have a chance to compete for a $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, California. Official rules are available on Disney.com’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage at http://movies.disney.com/million-dollar-arm/special-event
Check out the trailer for the movie:
We can’t wait to see the movie when it opens in theaters on May 16th!
Also, while we are talking about movies, we want to sneak in a recommendation to check out a wonderful documentary by a local high school student Zack Samberg and a fellow NYU Violet Ben Altarescu called The Book of Lone Peak. The short film is about an unusual basketball team from Utah who inspires all with their unique style and dominating performance to become #1 in the nation. You can buy it on iTunes for only $2.99 here: The Book of Lone Peak.
Meanwhile, we are going to enjoy one of our favorite months because April means Baseball & #Priceless family traditions!
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