If you’ve been reading this blog for the past couple months, you know I’ve been doing all I can to help promote Lynn Cohen’s awesome t-shirts-for-charity venture, GaryKeithandRon.com. As if we need last names with our guys, right?!
Well, know that Lynn has been taking care of the entire mini-empire herself, from orders to customer service (she even took a customer service call during the game!!), to design ideas, to organizing a great day at Shea open to anyone who’d purchased a tee. AND to three groups of kids from worthy charities, some of whom had never been able to go to a ball game before. (See, Lynn? I told you I’d get a good candid of you! Looking very efficient and put-together there.)
What a wonderful time we all had! I got to the ballpark an hour early, but caught only the end of the meet-and-greet with Gary and Ron (Keith’s on vacation of course! :-) ). Seeing Gary happily pose with any fan who wanted a pic, and watching Ronnie smile as he signed autographs–what a good feeling it gave to see them so enthusiastic about the event. They hadn’t even changed into their SNY polo shirts yet, and so for that moment, they felt like just a part of the gang.
And the gang was a ton of fun. Here with the lovely Lynn is Gary’s beautiful mother, Joyce–a devout Mets fan since the beginning. Gary’s got some good genes there! We were also lucky enough to have Rachel Burkhardt, wife of Kevin and mother of awww-inducing Logan (if you’d seen pics of him lately, you’d see how tall the cutie’s gotten!). Oh, what a doll she is. We already knew our Kevin was the sweetest guy in the stands at any ballpark, but his wife might even be a smidge sweeter.
I was thrilled to hear that this blog entry (which includes a pic of little Logan a la Keith Hernandez) made it into Logan’s baby scrapbook. Awww!
Kevin came by when not hard at work to spend time with the GKR crew and his college sweetheart/wonderful wife. As did Mr Met himself! If only for a brief moment. Mr. Met, we’re fun times–you missed out by taking off so fast. Add in Dana Brand and the Mathematically Alive duo Kathy and Joe to the mix–plus all the happy GKR fans and many, many exuberant kids–and the day was bound to personify exactly what baseball was made for, no matter the outcome of the game. And then the team goes and pulls off the sweep!
Hear that? Sweeeeep! And no, I ain’t talkin’ about Ambien with a lisp there!
Since the hours in the pounding sun have left me somewhat loopy-headed, I’ll let you see for yourself all the super fans who came out to support a great cause, hang with some special folks, and help us all remember that it’s not only about what happens on the field. Although when what happens on the field rocks, it’s totally okay to scream about it.
Here’s the GKR.com crew on the SNY broadcast.
What you don’t see me and Lynn?
How could you miss us? Lower left hand corner, of course :-)