It was a beautiful day and Addy was very excited. Apparently on Friday, she told everyone at daycare that she was going to a Tiger's game. I never thought she would get so excited, so that was nice to see. She scored a Tiger paw as we entered the game and got a free ride on the carousel because of kids day. She was very well behaved the entire game. It was nice to be in the handicapped section because we had enough room to give her the walker and let her stand or sit to watch the game. The orthopedic stroller has been very nice as we are now able to take the stroller and the walker to outings.
After watching the Tiger's get off to a bad start, we were very excited to see them come back and win in the 9th inning. Awesome! We had planned to stay to run the bases when the game finished. I never could have imagined what happened next. We waited in line along with thousands of kids. We got down to the field and we gave Addy her walker. As we started out at first base and headed to second, Addy walked along with the crowd of kids. I walked beside her while Aaron took the stroller to meet us at home plate. Parents really weren't suppose to go on the field unless the children were very young and, well, in our case it was fine. As we approached second base, I looked around and started to notice that there were no longer kids running on the field. As I looked over my shoulder, I could see that the ushers had stopped the line of kids from going on the field. I didn't think much of it and the thought crossed my mind that maybe they only let so many on the field at a time. As we left second base and began approaching third, it really hit me. They had stopped the line of kids so that Addy could run the bases by herself without the crowd of kids surrounding her. Everyone in the ball park at this point was cheering her on. I was shocked to say the least! Thousands of people cheering for one special little girl. It was absolutely amazing. She rounded third base and headed home where she reached down to touch the plate with her hand and thousands of people clapping. At this point I could hardly take a picture because I had tears in my eyes. After reaching home, Dave Dombrowski, the Tiger's president approached us to ask her name, age and to get a picture. He gave her a high five for a job well done. Aaron looked over to see ushers who even had tears in their eyes. As we proceeded to leave the ball park, even on the streets of Detroit, people were approaching us and telling us how awesome that was. It was one of those situations in which you wish you could do it all over again and have a video camera in your hand. It all happened so fast and when it was over we were able to see how one little girl can touch so many lives. A day that Aaron and I will never forget!
On our way
Running the bases
Meeting Paws at 2nd base
Meeting the president