Back on April 14, 2014 I won a contest that the Clearwater Threshers held. During that week, they hid a Threshers garden gnome somewhere in Clearwater. It would be located at one of their sponsors’ locations and whomever figured out where it was based on a picture of the gnome at the location (close up so you had to know the location), a cryptic clue and took a picture of themselves with the gnome, won the contest. I figured out that they had hidden the gnome in the lobby of the Holiday Inn just up the street from then Brighthouse Field.
The prize that I won was 2 tickets to a meet-and-greet with the Friday concert performer, Jamie Lynn Spears.
Here’s the baseball “twist”…Jamie Lynn Spears, who starred in Zoey101 on Nickelodeon, is the kid sister of Britney Spears who dated Justin Timberlake-who is the nephew of Threshers’ general manager John Timberlake. Whew!
During the game, we were taken downstairs in the stadium to the dining room and were introduced to Jamie Lynn.
After meeting her, she signed an autograph for me.
She was very sweet. She made an impression on me because she was so kind and personable. She was launching her country music career and I stayed after the game to listen. I enjoyed the music.
Earlier this week, her 8 year old daughter Maddie was in an ATV accident and was trapped underwater in the ATV. They life flighted her to a hospital where she was unconscious. I said prayers for her. I was overjoyed by the news today that Maddie was awake and talking with no apparent permanent damage.
Sometimes baseball can introduce you to someone you wouldn’t have otherwise met. Here’s to hoping that little Maddie keeps improving and goes home soon.