July 12th 2006 6:35 am
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Living here in Pittsburgh I had a really great opportunity to attend all sorts of wonderful events related to the All-Star game. The first thing I did was to dress up in my baseball outfit I won at the CorgiAid auction a couple of years ago and the headed out to go to the FanFest where I got to see famous momentos from the Baseball Hall of Fame. I was so impressed w/ the wonderful exhibit on women in baseball for, as you know, I am a woman of fluff. The uniforms for the ladies came in pretty colors that I would love to wear myself. They had a nice exhibit of the Negro Leagues, too, with authentic lockers (about the size of high school lockers) and uniforms and lots and lots of pictures and details of the greats like Satchell Page.
I got in line to get Phil Neikro's autograph but the line moved too slowly and I ended up getting somebody whose handwriting I can't read. Sigh. At least he was good looking and had a twinkle in his eye so I know he had a sense of humor.
The number of incredible momentos up for auction blew me away. How could they agree to let so many wonderful things go.? In fact, how do people have so much stuff? It baffles me.
But I really came into my own on the upper level. I fielded ground balls and fly balls w/ typical corgi grace. They couldn't believe how fast I was and how high I could jump (seeing as I don't really have any legs). They even gave me a job coaching little kids on getting in front of the ball to field it correctly. Then, as was my due, I got my picture on the cover of a magazine and a Wheaties box! Mama carried me around after that so she could look at all the wonderful trophies. She really liked that stuff. They sure are bigger than any ferret show trophies my brothers and sisters brought home.
We went to the celebrities game and I was allowed to go into the dugout and put balls, bats, and gloves w/ the right player. My excellent sense of smell really helped there. It was exciting to see all those people that up to now I'd only seen on tv. Awesome!
Then there was the home runner hitters challenge on Monday night. I went into the outfield and shagged balls that didn't make it out of the park w/ a bunch of kids. When I caught a ball I saw to it that it went to a little kid in the stands. (I really like little kids.)
On Tuesday there was the big parade. I road on a chevy truck, serving as a guard dog and stunning hood ornament. The applause was awesome, and I know it was all for me! I ended up in the locker room and w/ my best "starving corgi" looks I scored quite a few wonderful snacks from the buffet.
At the game I was running around making sure the players, coaches, managers, and umpires had everything they needed. I was really disappointed that the National League didn't win, but it was still a pretty good game. I came home, tired and proud of my All-Star Game week activities.
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