Blog Day First Pitch Winner
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
On Blog Day, one lucky attendee won the chance to throw out the first pitch at the game. Our winner sent this note about her experience:
I don’t even know where to begin describing that day! It was so exciting. When Hawk came in to draw the name for the next prize, I was sure someone else’s name was going to get called. I’ve always had the worst luck and never win any raffle or drawing I put my name into. When he first said, “Kelsey” I had to do a mental double take. Wait, who?? It even took me a few seconds to get up and out of my seat! After I was handed the ball and shook Hawk’s hand, I went back and sat in my seat. I tried so hard to listen to Hawk’s stories, but my ears were simply buzzing with nerves and excitement and I had trouble paying attention. (But don’t mention that to Hawk!) After I was lead onto the field and waited on the side, the full idea of what I was about to do started to set in. Having to throw out the first pitch for the White Sox, my favorite team since I can remember, was nerve-wracking enough, not to mention the thousands of fans, and throwing to the one and only Mark Buehrle! Once I saw the players start to warm up, my nerves quickly turned to excitement. 13 years of softball also aided in my confidence! Hearing my favorite players’ names on the park’s speakers is pretty cool, but I never thought I’d ever get to hear my name! After I jogged out to the field and threw my pitch (not half bad, might I add), I got to meet up with Mr. Buehrle myself! I beamed when he said “Nice throw” and got a picture taken with him. The chance to throw the first pitch was something I couldn’t have even dreamed up. I am so thankful to this blog for giving me this awesome experience. And to my mom, the avid blog reader, for bringing me to countless Sox games over the years, especially the Blog Nights, which are always one of my favorite games. It’s a story I know I’ll be telling for years to come!
Another tidibit of info I found pretty funny. One night I received a text message from my aunt who was attending an annual charity event where attendees can bid on donated items. She told me that someone paid $6,000 to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game!! I couldn’t believe it. I got to do that for free!
Thanks again for everything!