This is me and my niece Cayden caught in a blizzard at Cinderella's castle in Neuschwanstein, Germany - she lived in Tampa at the time and had never seen snow, and I promised her if she came to Germany it would snow for her. Am I good, or what?
This is my dad and I at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. I had to fly from Oklahoma City to Frankfurt, Germany - so I did what any reasonable fan would do; I checked potential layovers against the baseball schedule.
Atlanta was at Cincinnati for a FOX Saturday Game of the Week. I told my dad, who was in Florida, what I was doing. When I got to the airport in Cincinnati he was there waiting for me. We went to the game and then went back to the airport. I flew to Germany and he got on a plane back to Florida.
This is me and my SBTN co-authors at Barry Switzer's house. Barry is a way cool guy - you should see the stuff on his shelf.
And this is my niece with Joe Maddon.
Joe is an interesting guy - not that I know him, but he was nice enough when we were at games a couple of years ago when only a few hundred people were there for batting practice.
I thought I'd seen a lot of cool things in my lifetime - hung out with a lot of cool people, gone to a lot of cool places, done a lot of cool things. I really didn't think there was much more I could see that would surprise me.
This is the 2008 pennant-winning Tampa Bay Rays.
I have been to The Trop every year since the Rays began play and, if I'm being completely honest, I thought this could never happen.
I was wrong, of course.
And I have never been so happy about being so wrong in my entire life.