Monday, April 16, 2012

You've got to see this

I've already posted it on Twitter (you're welcome to follow me), but wanted to share it here.  This is maybe the coolest thing I've ever seen at a ballgame.  It was opening night in Seattle.  The Mariners have a feature between innings where a youngster gets to run out and take second base.  Watch what happens.

Thanks again to everyone who showed up at the meet-and-greet.  The over-under from my Mariners broadcast crew on just how many people would actually attend was 2.  So we went way over that.  It was a great time and so nice to meet my readers face-to-face.  Interestingly, no one introduced themselves as Anonymous.   Based on the success of this I'll try to organize more, including one in Los Angeles. 

14 comments:

Patrick said...

Cheers stopped being funny after Kirstie Alley ate Shelly Long - Family Guy tonight hahahaaaaaa

Tim Susman said...

I'd definitely try to make it to one if you do one in the Bay Area! (You should look toward the South Bay rather than trying to find something near the Coliseum, though.)

Scott Carpenter said...

Hi, Ken -- I'm in for a Minneapolis meet-up!

Kati said...

Ooh, I'd come to an LA area one definitely!

I feel really bad though Ken because I just kind of found your blog by accident one day and kept following you. I haven't seen Cheers or MASH...and I don't follow baseball xD

Netflix does, however, have Cheers on instant streaming and I watched the pilot and liked it very much - pretty timeless, great dialogue and acting. (Err, hope you get royalties on that.) I want to watch the whole series eventually, just because of your being awesome :) But I'm trying to bone up on a lot of shows right now, so it'll be slow going.

So if you want a wide-eyed completely clueless onlooker at your meet up, count me in.

Dan Tedson said...

Looks like fun. How far did you make it up the wall?

Jake Mabe said...

That video may be one of the single greatest things I've ever seen.

USA, USA!

P.S. If you ever make a meetup happen anywhere near the southern half the Mississippi River, or even to Detroit or New York or D.C., or if it corresponds with a time in which we could make it to L.A., Ken, my wife and I will be there!

SkippyMom said...

Tears. Wow. That is just wonderful. We see these often on the television, but certainly not enough. I would watch. I would watch it live stream, all day, all week long if it meant every kid could have his Mom or Dad home. Good for the Mariners for making it extra special.

Nice turn out. Looks like a lot of fun. If you ever make it to within 20 miles of Washington DC count me and the family in - bells and Nats gear on! We would love to meet you. I don't know who the bigger fan is me or my husband. I am coming with an "Anonymous" name tag tho', which I know I will immediately have to flip over before to reveal SkippyMom because I know I would be tossed otherwise. :)

Have fun!

Paul Duca said...

They let a kid take home an actual base as a keepsake?
Lucky they don't do that at Fenway--he wouldn't make it out alive...:)

Mike said...

So when they said steal second base, they meant just that. Just when I thought I understood the rules...

Donald said...

Not to sound like a jerk, but the son seemed more interested in holding on to second base than he was in being reunited with his father. A hug at least might have been in order.

Kelly Sedinger said...

If you're going to embed a video, please choose one with decent resolution. About halfway through, it got really blurry. (I have the same problem with virtually every "Soldier comes home and surprises family" video I've ever seen. I don't know why people can't shoot those clearly!)

Eric J said...

Not to seem like a jerk, but the kid is only 13 years old. This event was probably the highlight of his life to that point and his dad (and mom) took the ENTIRE spotlight. All the attention was on dad, not the starry eyed kid who should have been the center of attention, and no doubt had that expectation.

Kirk said...

@Eric J--I think you're missing the point. It was a surprise. The first the kid had seen his father in a long time. Now, if he had seen him the day before or something, then, yeah, I could see where the father might be accused of hogging the spotlight.

That clip reminded me of the old Truth or Consequences show, where a recurring feature was a surprise reunion between a service member and his family.

Doug Thompson said...

"There's no crying in baseball".