So, this past weekend was filled to the brim with baseball. We were hoping for more baseball yesterday and today, but Rice did not prevail unfortunately. More on that to come....
|An awesome place to watch baseball|
We were sitting right outside the Rice locker room. Apparently the players were just as bored as the rest of us because they kept coming onto the concourse. I, of course, being a good stalker took secret pictures of my two favorite players, #7 and #15.
|They "must" have Kona Ice at each game or so they tell me|
|John Clay Reeves #7, catcher and 39 is Holt McNair, pitcher|
|#15, Michael Aquino is my favorite!|
|Samuel stood here forever watching the Rice players warm up.|
|Samuel was fascinated watching this process.|
|Pre-game team prayer....love that!|
|National Anthem and team player announcements|
|Winning the game at 11:30pm!|
|Elena was a trooper at the game, but faded quickly on the ride home|
|Loved seeing this in Saturday's paper because I saw that exact moment happen|
|Waiting to enter the stadium|
|Only in the South do people go to sporting events dressed up and Elena did not want to break that tradition.|
Emma, Elena, and I hung out in the ladies bathroom hallway. It was air conditioned and the concourse was stifling! The boys hung out in the Rice Basketball arena. They made up a game called mitt bowling. According to Drew, they were quite the entertainment for the other people stuck there as well.
Rice and Texas played an 11 inning game. We stayed until the end of the 9th. By that time Emma was asleep. The others were hanging in there, but we knew we would be back on Sunday and everyone needed rest. We did not get home until 1:30am so it was a crazy long day for all of us!
|It was 77 degrees when I took this picture...he is nuts!|
|She was done!|
|My third and required group picture of the weekend! I had washed the shirts!|
Unfortunately Rice lost to A&M on Sunday. It was another extra inning game with the most epic collapse of defense in the world. Rice had the game in the bag and blew it time and time again in the later innings. It made for an exciting game, but disappointment with the outcome does not even begin to describe how we felt.
As we were leaving the stadium I noticed that Samuel was trying not to cry, but he would not tell me why. Drew later told me Samuel asked, "Can I say something mean?" Drew said sure and Samuel said, "Texas A&M is stupid!" He was so sad that Rice lost and that is just precious to me.
The boys and Emma really learned tons about baseball this past weekend. It was music to my sport loving ears and heart to hear them comment on a play or encourage a player. They had fun watching the games and playing out on the hill. So, even though Rice did not advance it was a great weekend. Hopefully we can do it again next year with a more positive outcome. I may even try to talk Drew into season tickets!