Saturday, April 18, 2009

GYAC Opening Day!

Yep, it's that time of year again! It's GYAC Opening Day, complete with parade (with fire engine, Mummers, State Representative extraordinaire Josh Shapiro!), photos, game, and post-game festivities. This year is extra-special because Matthew is coaching. Here is Coach Matt (in his GYAC regalia) and Gus on the way to the Parade:

Look at the veritable SEA of people!! It's a little hard to see in this picture, but this is a solid wall of people that stretches for 4 or 5 blocks.

Okay, I love this picture. The 2 kids on the right are Gus's best friends. Look at these 4 beautiful faces:

I know I am biased, but I have also followed baseball since 1974 and I tell you this kid has beautiful form. Look at this textbook stance:
(plus the nice smile)

The Patrick McDermott Plastering Orioles worked a tie with the Dynamic Modern Dentistry Rangers. This level is kid-pitch, as opposed to last year, which was machine or coach-pitch. Consequently there were a lot of walks. The ball was not put in play once - oof. But, hey, they didn't lose!

Our traditional post-first-game celebration, a Blendini (this year Gus opted for Cherry Water Ice and Chocolate soft-serve) from Rita's:
Yeah, it's all good.


Anonymous Gus's Granddad said...

Not once???
Anyway, the parade crowd looks fine, and the Orioles look wonderful, especially that catcher with the batting stance like Mike Schmidt.
And it's good to be undefeated.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was more a measure of good pitching (and rain knocking out 3 practices, thus leading to rust at the plate for our guys, at least). The other games had plenty of hitting, including at least two long balls. And a long ball in this league is really tagged...those fences are a mile away.

10:09 AM  
Blogger diana said...

GG - Schmidty? Not bad company....

Anon - yeah, i'm sure they'll start hitting. But they have their batting eyes all tuned up already! The watchword of the Patrick McDermott Plastering Orioles is patience.

10:13 AM  
Blogger GM-Carson said...

See you're a Phils fan in your bio. I invite you to check out my Phils blog- We Should Be GM's.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, now as coach, I have to see the flaws in that stance. His back arm is wayyyyyy too low, which will cause him to drop his hands, load his shoulders before his hips, and give the dreaded drop and drag swing. He's gotta get that back arm up, or he'll be late on every pitch.

1:59 PM  
Blogger diana said...

GM-Carson - I have read your blog and it is great.

Anon - here's someone with a mirror image of Gus's stance.
who was an okay hitter. And of course, he may lift his arm when he's actually batting, not posing.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Old Roommate said...

Jonathan is doing T ball again this year and his sponsor is EWE AND I. Pure serendipity!

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Sandy in Green Bay said...

I was shocked that my Brewers left Philly with two wins; I didn't even expect one win. Now we're on to Houston.

7:47 PM  
Blogger diana said...

OR - Ewe and I ROCKS for doing that!!!

Sandy - I have to say I'm glad to see the back of the Brewers!! They almost swept with a no-hitter. Ouch! Go torment the Astros!!

8:22 AM  

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