Our school utilizes the Accelerated Reader program to encourage reading and foster a love of books. Even better, those who meet their own personal goals each trimester earn a special reward. First and third trimesters it is a fun movie night and second trimester features a trip to the bowling alley. For the first time, this year there was an even bigger and better reward for those students who worked to meet their goal ALL THREE trimesters. A trip to an Angels baseball game!!! I give a lot of credit to the teacher who puts this event together and since both Jake and Jadyn met their respective goals, I offered to be a chaperone at the event (I know, such a sacrifice to go to a major league baseball game right?).
At first, the game was mostly a social outing for the kids, hanging out with their friends, finding excuses to go to the concession stands to buy overpriced junk food and unnecessary souvenirs. The Angels were losing 5-1 (not that most of the kids were really paying attention) but everyone was still having fun.
AND THEN, in the bottom of the 8th inning, Mike Trout comes up to bat with the bases loaded (which means everyone had paused to actually watch the game) and wouldn't you know, he hits a GAME TYING GRAND SLAM!!!!!
It was an amazing moment.
Now all the kids are whooping it up, dancing, yelling the chants, clapping their hands and stomping their feet. This was a game to watch.
I couldn't believe it but the Angels rallied and came back to win the game. It was such an awesome experience. The evening was capped off with fireworks, everybody abuzz with energy. SO.MUCH.FUN!
And as a side note, I have to mention that the kids and I drove separate because Jake had a scrimmage out of town earlier in the day. Several parents, the principal, a teacher and all the students came on a bus. I found out Monday morning that the bus had broke down on the way home from the game and they didn't get home until 6 AM. Sunday morning. Talk about an experience! Yikes!