Derrick Mitchell Chasing a New Dream

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(Photo courtesy of @cherylpursell)

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that one of my favorite players has been Derrick Mitchell. I’ve followed Derrick since his days in Clearwater and feel lucky that I can call him a friend. Even when he went to the Braves organization, Baseball Ross and I continued to follow him. Both of us, were shocked and saddened when he was released by the Braves organization in July.

The news this week, is great for Derrick, he has a new dream to chase: one as a college freshman. He is also a walk on to Western Michigan University’s football team. While he does not have a set position as of today, the coach says “he can kick punt, throw and run.”

It’s great to see that he has a new passion and I wish him all the best in his new pursuits. I know I’ll be keeping an eye on the papers to see what he’s up to. If you’d like to read the article about Derrick, you can’t read it <a href="http://www.mlive.com/broncos/index.ssf/2014/09/wmu_footballs_27-year-old_fres.html&quot;

There’s always something to see

One of the best things about living here is you never know what or who you might see. This morning, Baseball Ross and I walked downtown in Dunedin and on the way home walked right by Blue Jay R.A. Dickey.

Since we had some things that had to be done around the house we were a little late getting to the Carpenter Complex. When we got there, we found that the minor leaguers were given the afternoon off. We decided to go to the Phillies game. We were in luck, one of our favorite parking lot attendants was running errands in the golf cart and he offered us a ride up to Bright House! This was especially nice since we’re were running so late we had to park almost a mile away.

We walked around taking in the sights.

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The Phanatic was there as well

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We saw Ruben Amarro, Jr. In the crowd, though I had to move after taking this shot:

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While the game was kind of a bust, we did get to see some amazing pitching from Kenny Giles:

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What was really cool was that Baseball Ross caught a foul ball and not just any foul ball…Kenny Giles throws close to 100mph so when the Braves’ Constanza fouled one back it hit a seat and zoomed up at us! Baseball Ross reached up over his head and snagged it! He looked like a pro!

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If you look at the ball, you can see the black paint from the bat and the blue from the seat embedded on the ball:

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We then walked a little over a mile to the car and called it a day. By the time we walked downtown in Dunedin for dinner and walked the dogs, we had covered over five miles. Whew!