Birthdays, Baseball and Bryce Harper

Birthdays are the best with friends and baseball. The birthday girl is on the left.
Birthdays are the best with friends and baseball. The birthday girl is on the left.

Baseball…as American as apple pie and birthdays. A dear friend of mine and her father recently celebrated their birthdays together by renting a suite at the Harrisburg Senators game. Ross and I had a great time. I got to see friends that I’ve known since high school.

Harrisburg was playing the Trenton Thunder…seems like it was a trend…going to a ballgame and seeing Trenton. I mean, it was only a month ago that we went to Trenton. Trenton is in the hunt for a playoff berth and is obviously pushing to make it.

They were on Harrisburg early, scoring a grand slam in the first inning. Sadly, for Harrisburg, it was down hill from there.

Prospect Bryce Harper
Prospect Bryce Harper

I consider myself lucky…I’ve gotten to see phenom Bryce Harper play twice this year. (Almost got to see him in Hagerstown when we went to see the BlueClaws play, but he was resting on the bench that night.)

(Edited to add: It was unfortunate that only days later Harper would suffer a season-ending hamstring injury)

I’ll admit, I didn’t pay as much attention to the game as I usually do, but heck, I was with my girlfriends…at a baseball game! It was a birthday! As a bonus, I got to talk to two of my friends’ moms and I hadn’t seen them in quite a while either. Baseball…the great reunificator!

The one thing that did catch my attention…The Presidents of the United States! If you’ve read my blog for any about of time, you know I’m a sucker for a good gimmick. I love the between innings silliness. It’s always good for a laugh. Since Harrisburg is affiliated with the Washington Nationals, the Nationals sent their famous Presidents for the Presidents’ Race. The race itself was enhanced by Harrisburg’s Monkeys. Don’t ask me why in the world Harrisburg has simians. I don’t know. All I can tell you is these monkeys showed up this season and tend to pop up quite often in these on the field events.

The President’s pre-race dance….Go Abe!

Dead Presidents Dance
Dead Presidents Dance

The monkeys are in hot pursuit!

The presidents are chased...by monkeys?????
The presidents are chased…by monkeys?????

It’s Abe Lincoln at the tape!

It's Lincoln by a nose!
It’s Lincoln by a nose!

I just want to take this opportunity to wish my dear friend and her father a very happy birthday and thank them for the AWESOME evening!

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