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July 3, 2013

A funny thing happened at the ol' ball game

Ada —

I would like to let everyone know about a baseball game my family and I attend every year. It is Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game held at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, every summer. The most recent game was held Saturday, June 29.

It is always tons of fun and proceeds go to the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation. The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation provides education, health and well being for children around the world,while the Heroes Foundation allows disadvantaged youth to participate in the foundation’s select baseball program. 

If you’re looking to get autographs, this is a great event to attend. Ticket prices are not very high and the fact that proceeds go to charity makes it even more special.

Now, I also have selfish reasons for attending. I am from Dallas and have been a Mavericks' fan from the beginning. My kids are Mavericks 'fans as well. We do cheer for the Thunder, but only when they are not playing the Mavs. My son Felix, who resembles Dirk Nowitzki a bit, is a huge Mavs fan and his favorite player is, no big surprise, Dirk Nowitzki.

He has tried many times to meet him and get his autograph, only to come up just short each time. This time would be different. Felix, on crutches after an ankle sprain he suffered while playing basketball, stood in a corner near the home team’s dugout. For more than an hour in the sun and the heat, he waited. Dirk signed on the other side of the stadium, but Felix waited. Eventually, Dirk came over to our side of the stadium and began signing for people — at the opposite end from Felix of a massive throng of people who had gathered. Felix waited. For nearly another hour, he suffered.

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