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“EXHAUSTED…and EXHILARATED”!!!!!

This is how the “A~Leaguer’s” are feeling! Especially the CORE GROUP of the families that are “Making it Happen!” Building this plane while we fly it! My new favorite phrase that I TOTALLY COMPREHEND Now!!! We have learned so much this season. To carry forward into ALL the seasons that WILL follow!! We knew this would be good…but, what occurred here was so far beyond GOOD!

Much more like GREAT! Any negativity we have encountered is inconsequential !! When you are forging change there will ALWAYS Micheal Siegel the father of Rocker Scott…front man for ARREST MY SISTER wisely pointed that out to me yesterday! Thank you Micheal and wife Leeni you are an inspiration to US ALL! Airplane Flyers in the music world! However, I believe their “Airplane” will be morphing into a ROCKET!! The SHOWMANSHIP is just as awesome as the music!! PLEASE sign~up for their mailing list!! http://www.arrestmysister.com be some faction of resistance.

The weather was hot…so Lora M. made sure the kids had a water slide !! Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Games and Prizes. Awesome Music throughout and TROPHIES TOO !? Our kids were in heaven on the Diamond…with “Angels in the Outfield” What more could you want on a hot summer day?… Snow cones!! And we had those too! All bases covered! Thank you Mrs. Mancini!! Lora had the foresight to start this ball rolling and her idea to “CAP IT OFF” with the trophy Ceremony was brilliant. Completely evident in the photos I shot!! THANK YOU so much~ to the San Dias Little league for allowing OUR Dream Season and Party to happen!!

A lot of these trophy ceremonies are done at team parties nowadays. Having the players come up INDIVIDUALLY was a stroke of GENIUS!! The reactions they had were priceless…the looks of pride seemed so NEW. It makes me tear up just thinking back on it. I am also a little sad that Wyatt missed out. He had been at the party for the 1st 1/2 of the day…and just needed to go home and hang with Grandpa Bob. Not enough juice to make it to the end! Just the way it is with AUTISM sometimes. FLEXIBILITY is a must!

BE SURE to click on these pictures to see the BRIMMING PRIDE!!

This is not the last you will hear about this event…TMI too fit into one blog! To be continued…..

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A TRUE HOME-RUN!!!

View the NEWS STORY click here [VIDEO] A-LEAGUE featured on KNBC Los Angeles Cal!

Well our GROUNDBREAKING SEASON is off to a great start! Sunny San Dimas was a great backdrop for OUR FUN!! Its so exciting to me that this is happening right here WHERE WE LIVE! How lucky are we? Hopefully this is the PRECEDENT for things to come!! How about a day when autistic children and adults can choose their sport and play?! It is coming Ladies and Gentlemen…it won’t be a simple task. Just a task that is LONG OVERDUE and simply NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

Big PLANS indeed! A conversation we will “table” for another time! Today it was all about “Picture day” AND Game #1!!! WOO HOO. We met up early this morning and smiled for the camera ! All kids wrangled and arranged! The photographers could’nt “table” their need for PERFECTION…and they wanted shirts tucked and hats straightened! One assistant kept asking me to “fix” Wyatt’s hat. Wyatt does’nt actually like the hat…so invariably it gets all turned around. I felt NO NEED to straighten the hat. I replied,”Thats OK thats the way he rolls.” Our manager Matt gave me a knowing look and chimed in “We like it like that!” AND WE DO!!

The younger division had their game at 10:00 a.m. The older division followed at 11:30 a.m. That is the scheduele for ALL the Saturdays of the season ,with the exception of April24th. “A-LEAGUE” will have a buy that day…as most of us will be at the Pasadena ROSE BOWL for the AUTISM WALK!

Come on out to the games & the walk to SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! We had a great turn-out. The Dodgers had a few kids missing …but the rest were ready! Lora Mancini’s ANGEL TEAM is always out in force! Looking at the sea of red Tim Roe League President said , ” It looked like there were more spectators at the a-league field than the rest of the Ballpark! ” That is the ENTHUSIASM we feel …having OUR FAMILIES at the Ballpark on a sunny spring day!! It’s UNDENIABLE!

As the “Youngsters ” game unfolded a VERY telling thing occured. Over half the players decided to ” take a pitch” as opposed to using the tee!!! WOW…This is just game 1 …looks like we are going to be getting some great results! When confidence levels rise…no telling WHAT will be in store!! Each team takes two at bats and, when fielding —players shift periodically getting the feel of the whole DIAMOND!! All players are working well! For the YANKEES... Kory B. was essentially a vacuum. Fielding everything within his reach! Elijah L. from the ANGELS… HIT a LONG Groundball to centerfield which earned him the GAMEBALL! Awesome IDEA Coach SCOTT!!

Next-up the “Oldsters” had their debut! They were ready for business…many players can really connect at the plate! While some need literal “shadows” to guide them through…ALL GOOD! I roll closely with Wyatt as he finds his stride. Today he used the metal bat. Mostly he “TAPS or POINTS” at the ball atop tee. With help he swings. When he tried today…#3 was the charm because after 2 misses, he PROMPTLY Flicked the ball WITH HIS 4 FINGERS!! Which sent US round the base path. Me laughing at the practicality of “My BOY”!!

The BRAVES had a good turn-out today. The Penny TWINS had their usual game-faces ON! Delightful SMILES… as they skip across the infield making their plays! Southpaw Eric, HIT some great LINE DRIVE SHOTS! The DODGERS had a GREAT START… when Zach’s MOM, Nicole prompted the boys on “Good DUG-OUT Vibrations! ” Encouraging team spirit…SO IMPORTANT!! The DODGERS bring it with POWER, when the Zapata TWINS are “in the house”! These boys can HIT! Helps having a great Dad & Big Brother to mentor them. As big brother Michael said today, “Their training is paying off!” Both Nick and Steven powered HIGH FLY BALLS out to the fence. The “Homerun Aura” was lingering.

The next time Nick was up …a great cut, the pinging sound… and the HIGHEST of HITS! Then a ONE-HOP & DROP right OVER THE FENCE. The crowd went nuts! A HOMERUN!! THE HOMERUN!… That NICK had predicted in practice ! During the KNBC story, TWINS Nick and Steven were interviewed. I had the privelege of listening in! The footage never made air …which is a shame! The producer asked the boys to describe what they were enjoying the most about “A-LEAGUE.” Immediately Nick said,”HOMERUNS!” Priceless! His brother Steven agreeing then gesturing with his arm… a ball soaring through the air! BEYOND PRICELESS! We need to get our hands on that prophetic footage.

VISUAL THINKERS! Nick so clearly saw that HOMERUN as he spoke about it at Wednesdays practice! Today, Saturday GAME DAY…He made it happen! Thus earning his “GAME-BALL!” I know another visual thinker…and that is Lora Mancini! She visualized the A-LEAGUE, and today it is a REALITY.…………A TRUE HOMERUN!!!!!

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