A Side of Rice

Hopefully Humorous (and sometimes R-rated) Musings About Life

The Rice Experience at The Ripken Experience

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This Memorial Day weekend, my oldest son’s Travel/All Star baseball team played in a Tournament at The Ripken Experience in Aberdeen, MD.  Holy crap, what an amazing place for the kids to play baseball.

Copyright 2012, Ripken Baseball, Inc.

Copyright 2012, Ripken Baseball, Inc.

You should know that the Ripken experience is not only about skills and abilities on the ball field. In addition, they have a very serious code of conduct for coaches, players and parents/fans:

Love it.

Love it.

Damn right!

Damn right!

Wait...no #$%&ing cussing? I'll be out before I get in.

Wait…no #$%&ing obscene language? I’ll be out before I get in.

And you don’t ever want to get your name on this ejection list, posted next to Cal Ripken Sr., Field:

Way worse than being on Santa's naughty list

Way worse than being on Santa’s naughty list

I’m pleased to report I stayed off the ejection list. Suck on that, Santa.

On Friday night, they played at Little Fenway Park.  To make the experience even more real, Mother Nature gave us a a taste of Boston – in the freakin’ Winter. It was barely 40 degrees, with a nasty wind and (cherry on top!) a spitting/misty rain toward the end of the game.  I believe team mom Connie was the best prepared for this start-of-Summer event:

Nothing says hello Summer like a baseball tournament with your parka, blanket, scarf and ear warmers.

Nothing says “Hello Summer!” like a baseball tournament with your parka, blanket, scarf and ear warmers. Where are your mittens, woman?

Even though the parents were “wicked frozen”, the kids loved it.  We got a picture of them in front of the Green Monster:

The 11U Walkersville Lions in front of the Green Monster

The 11U Walkersville Lions in front of the Green Monster

And one of them around the Ripken experience logo on the hill overlooking many of the fields and a practice area:

Say baseball!

Say baseball!

Of course, we had some editorializing from the kids:

Yep. There's always one.

Yep. There’s always one. At least it wasn’t my kid.

Our boys had a blast.  They started with a come from behind win in the first game:

A big win in the first game

A big win in the first game

Which, of course, means absolute silliness

Which, of course, means absolute silliness

They won on Saturday:

A win against a NY team on Citizens Bank field

A win against a NY team on Citizens Bank field

Got to have the silly shot

Got to have the silly shot

And they took the third game in pool play as well:

Another win, another goofy picture

Another win, another goofy picture

After the pool play, we were ranked #1 in our division:

Walkersville Lions - #1 in our division

Walkersville Lions – #1 in our division

And going into the championship round, we were the #4 seed in the tournament:

#4 overall going into to championship rounds

#4 overall going into to championship rounds

This is how a few of the moms and I celebrated:

A Salted Caramel Mocha (middle) and Cafe Latte-tinis. No, they're not all mine. But  I did have two Latte-tinis. Long day at the park, people.

A Salted Caramel Mocha (middle) and Cafe Latte-tinis. No, they’re not all mine. But I did have two Latte-tinis. It was a long day at the park, people.

The drink also helped me sleep that night because I was sharing the double bed at the hotel with my son Nick. When I woke up in the morning my arm was numb; Nick was sleeping on it.  Because this is how close he was to me:

I'm hanging onto the edge of the bed for dear life because Nick is this close to me.

I’m hanging onto the edge of the bed for dear life

We ended up losing to a team in the first round of championship play – the Sacred Heart Angels.  Nothing like pulling the “God” card to help your team out, huh?

Overall, the boys had a great weekend at The Ripken Experience. I would have to say the Rices did as well.

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Author: A Side of Rice

Married, mom, marketing professional. Loves swearing, pedicures and celebrity meltdowns. Hates making dinner and working the little league concession stand.

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