Monday, January 16, 2012

In the Spirit of the Game

A very close friend of mine (my friend, S, you have seen her before) has a relationship with major league baseball like you wouldn't believe.  Her grandfather, father and brother have all played, and both her father and brother have been baseball scouts (her brother still is).  Major league baseball has been like a second family to her and when her father passed away a little over a year ago, it also become a place for memories of who he was.

This past Saturday night, The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation hosted their 9th annual In the Spirit of the Game to support the MLB scouts from across the country.  I was extremely honored when she invited the hubby and I to attend, as I knew how important (and potentially emotional) this night is to her and I was so happy to be a part of it.  We had an incredible time, catching up with her family, hearing stories about her dad, speaking to other Scouts and players from the league, and appreciating all the love that people have for the sport.  I must say, I never understood it until that night.  Along with the emotional side, there were a number of professional athletes and celebrities out to show their support and I must admit, it was fun to meet them and grab a few pictures (hey, who wouldn't!).  Here are just a couple from the night.

Red Carpet!  Yes, we left the hubby's out.

The four of us with Tommy Lasorda, a close family friend to S and P

One of the highlights of  the night!
Though  we have a number of photos of people from the night, Matt Kemp was our favorite!
Rihanna, not sure what you were thinking but he is a DOLL!

Annnnd, because we arrived in Beverly Hills early that day, we took advantage of it and spent the afternoon shopping and dining at none other than...

For any Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans, there were no sightings of Lisa Vanderpump, though I fully enjoyed their risotto and champagne cocktails.

Thank you S & P on including us in such an important night for you!  We had such an incredible time!

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