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.
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:
And you don’t ever want to get your name on this ejection list, posted next to Cal Ripken Sr., Field:
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:
Even though the parents were “wicked frozen”, the kids loved it. We got a picture of them 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:
Of course, we had some editorializing from the kids:
Our boys had a blast. They started with a come from behind win in the first game:
They won on Saturday:
And they took the third game in pool play as well:
After the pool play, we were ranked #1 in our division:
And going into the championship round, we were the #4 seed in the tournament:
This is how a few of the moms and I celebrated:
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:
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.