Willie’s Facebook Status regarding Jordan’s game May 7th

So, for those of of you that know my Jordan… At his baseball game Friday night, Jordan played his first game without his walker. The entire game with no assistance. He batted (coach pitch) by himself, rounded the bases by himself, played the field by himself, actually went toward ground balls, played catcher. All by himself with no assistance. At all. It was very cool to see!!

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Mariners vs. Yankees 8-15-09

Well, they couldn’t pull out a win for us but it sure was an experience to attend a Yankees game at Safeco Field! Once again, thanks to Starlight Children’s Foundation, we got to take the family to the ballpark for a super fun game. And this time, the Johnson family got to join us.

The beautiful, Safeco Field

The beautiful, Safeco Field

Monopoly money rains down onto the field and into the dugouts when "Pay-Rod" (aka Alex Rodriguez) returns to Seattle.

Monopoly money rains down onto the field and into the dugouts when "Pay-Rod" (aka Alex Rodriguez) returns to Seattle.

This was the first game at Safeco in 10 years which featured former teammates Ken Griffey, Jr. and Alex Rodriguez. The phenoms played together for the M’s for the better part of 5 seasons (1995-1999).

What has caused all this Yankee commotion?

What has caused all this Yankee commotion?

That's right, Jordan!

That's right, Jordan!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Griffey!

Rally caps and cotton candy!

Rally caps and cotton candy!

And this is what it looks like when Griffey strikes out...

And this is what it looks like when Griffey strikes out...

Oh well, we had a ton of fun anyway!

Mommy and Bekah

Mommy and Bekah

Keith and Kim Johnson

Keith and Kim Johnson

The Bodger Girls

The Bodger Girls

Jordan’s upcoming baseball game

The schedule is kind of getting rolled out a few games at a time this year (UGH!).

His next game is Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00pm – Alderwood Boys and Girls Club.

Jordan’s 1st baseball game – 2009

Challenger baseball is the best thing to ever happen to kids’ ball if you ask me. And, if I had my way, every single person would come out and watch at least one game in their lifetime. Challenger ball is pure and simple, joyful baseball. You see, these kids wouldn’t play ball if it weren’t for Little League’s Challenger Division. In fact, just tonight, a 15 year old kid suited up in a uniform for the first time in his LIFE and came to the baseball field to slug a couple excellent hits into left field. It nearly brought tears to his mother’s eyes. Or, consider the kid with a walker – uh, Jordan – who hits a ball pitched to him and runs the bases before valiantly crossing home plate a few batters later. Or, the number of kids with Down Syndrome or many other syndromes who are unable to keep up with the level of ball their same-age peers play. And one of my favorite? The completely blind child who uses a specially adapted ball – it beeps – is able to make contact with that ball when it is pitched to him at which time he is guided around the base paths by a sighted helper. These kids are truly inspirational. 

All ages play, all kids hit in each inning, the score doesn’t matter (after all, since everyone hits each inning it just comes down to the number of players a team has as to how many cross home to score!), and competition is out the window. Brain tumor survivors, heart surgery recipients, sight impairments, cognitive delays, physical disabilities, it doesn’t matter. Truly, everyone is accepted at whatever their ability. Thanks, Little League.

Warmed up and ready for his 1st game of the season. Go Admirals!

Jordan is all warmed up and ready for his 1st game of the season. Go Admirals!

Hitting without the aid of the tee - a fairly new skill for Jordan. So proud of him, even if he did just want to be home watching "Bolt"!

Hitting without the aid of the tee - a fairly new skill for Jordan. So proud of him, even if he did just want to be home watching "Bolt"!

Good game, everyone!

Good game, everyone!

It’s very cool to start out the season playing the Pacific Pirates, because they are our ‘parent’ team. It was from this team that our own Alderwood Admirals got its birth. Just a few years ago, these teams were one and the league was just starting up in our area. In the last 5 years though, so many kids have come out to play that additional teams are being formed each year. What fun for all! And Willie even assistant coaches – except for tonight when he stepped into the shoes of the main coach who couldn’t make it. It’s truly a family affair.

Volleyball for Ashley

Ashley started volleyball this year and we’re so proud of her. There are a number of girls on her team she has known for many years and the coaches are college gals who also help with the Middle school girls at church. This was the first game I got to see due to scheduling conflicts with the other kids last week, and it was so great to see her in action!

Team Intensity

Team Intensity

Ashley gets ready

Ashley gets ready

GO TEAM!

GO TEAM!

After this, the 7th grade girls from church loaded up and headed to one of the leader’s houses for an overnighter. What a fun life!

Let Challenger Baseball Begin!

Jordan’s 5th year of Challenger Baseball commenced Thursday night following a rain-out Wednesday night. It was 50 degrees and not at all warm, but the kids survived almost an hour of practice out on the field. 

Warming up with some catch

Warming up with some catch

Too cute!

Too cute!

"Coaches" meeting - they are actually talking about golf!

"Coaches" meeting - they are actually talking about golf!

After some fielding practice, the kids got what they really wanted: Batting time!

"All good hitters practice with the tee", Coach Jeff reminds the players

"All good hitters practice with the tee", Coach Jeff reminds the players

Good practice, Admirals!

Good practice, Admirals!

Jordan playing ball – ‘back in the day’

I’m importing a whole bunch of video from camcorder tapes onto the iMac. There are a few cute ones that may turn into short videos, though it is time consuming so we’ll see how many of them become finished products. Here’s one that did: Jordan playing Challenger baseball 3 years ago…

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