Friday, June 7, 2013

Got Your Back - An outing with the Angels

Outing with the Angels

Friday night was our first Got Your Back night with the Anaheim Angels this season.  The Angels have been a huge supporter of our military and our mission to provide smiles to the children of our fallen.  Last year I was able to take 40 surviving parents and children to baseball games including the Memorial Day game against the Yankees where the family of 1st LT Oscar Jimenez family threw out the first pitch to honor the memory of this beloved Marine. 
This year I will be taking 50 surviving family members throughout the season to various games.  We never tell the children ahead of time what’s in store for them, there is fun in secrecy.  After a quick tour of the indoor batting cages, out to the field we go to attend batting practice!  This once in a lifetime experience is so much fun – the look of the children’s faces when their favorite players come talk to them and autograph their baseballs or hats and take photos is priceless.  Friday night the children met Mike Trout, Hank Conger, Ernesto Frieri and Howie Kendrick.  Each player thanking the children for their service and explaining their love and respect for our military.  After a great game, even though the Angels lost, the kids were treated to Big Bang Friday Fireworks.  Exhausted and overwhelmed we each headed home… there is no shortage of hugs when Miss Shana is around. 
Drew excited about getting a t-shirt
The Families meeting Tim Salmon on the field during batting practice
Our families enjoying some time on the field during batting practice

In the Angels dugout

Howie Kendrick let the kids know he was a military 'brat' himself

Mike Trout!

A VERY long night with the Angels loss BUT a great time together... memories with Got Your Back!

My buddy Drew and I rocking our Angels hats just before Big Bang Fireworks!

I love hanging out with these children and their surviving parents.  Allowing these children to simply be kids for a bit is amazing!

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