Jr RBI Classic Update for Friday, July 11, 2014

Myra Blackwell writes from St Paul, MN…

Good morning parents!

I’ll try to send updates so that you know what’s going on while we are here.Yesterday was a full and eventful first day in St. Paul. The kids did great on the flight – even those who had never flown before. We could see the nervous excitement, especially as we waited on the runway preparing for takeoff. But they were brave and I think everyone is okay to try it again to go home 🙂

We were met at the airport by RBI residential security agents who transported us, by coach bus, to Concordia University – St Paul. All of the residential security agents are police officers in their respective cities (cities like Los Angeles and Chicago) and will be responsible for making sure that the participant’s have a safe stay during their time her. Once we arrived at Concordia we were greeted by a camera crew who filmed and took pictures of us as if we were celebrities. While we are here, RBI will get plenty of footage to create promotional video for their 2015 Jr RBI Classics and may interview participants to find out what this experience and baseball means to them.

Once we checked into our dorm rooms (that are surprisingly spacious), we headed over to receive our uniforms. Our team jerseys are the Cincinnati Reds. Some of the shirts are a little big or small and the kids weren’t excited about the elastic pants, but we told them they’ll look good playing in whatever they wear. They also received a name tag to be worn at all times, hats, and two event shirts so that it will be clear that they are a part of our group when we attend All Star activities.

All together, there are 143 participants here and we all headed over to a parks and rec field that was newly built and being dedicated with speakers from the Twins organization, a former MLB pitcher and Cal Ripken, Jr (former MLB shortstop and Cal Ripken Foundation founder). Afterwards the kids played a fun game that helped to drain some energy -which we were thankful for 🙂

Breakfast is at 6:45 this morning and we play at 9 – Our game was pushed back 30 minutes while we wait for the catchers equipment to be delivered. It’s overcast with some sprinkles but I think we will play on.

Have a great day!

Pictures from Thursday:

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