This past week was about as busy as any I have ever had.
It all started last Wednesday when buddy Tommy Strickland arrived in town.
Tommy, who has been in New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, took a break from work to play in the Fourth Quarter Golf Tournament held annually to raise money for Brandon’s Place and the Tracey Biletnikoff Foundation, two charities that help people in need.
Wednesday, when he got in, though, it was time for us to hit golf balls. We played at the Havana Country Club, which is one nice course to play, or should I say to negotiate for me.
Thursday, it was the inaugural Joe Ferolito Next Level Softball Showcase at TCC.
The game featured an All-Star team from the rural area against an All-Star team from Tallahassee. I actually umpired in the game that the City Girls won 6-4.
Friday during the afternoon I attended the Fourth Quarter social held after the golf tournament with Tommy and son Joey, who came down from Auburn for the event.
I also bid on a John Madden-signed picture that Tommy had to end up paying for because I left my money in the car.
The highlight of the afternoon, though, had to be talking with Fred Bilentikoff, who of course is a legendary FSU wide receiver and an NFL Hall of Fame player.
Fred is a delight to be around and his stories of his playing days are informative and amusing.
On Friday night, the Joe Ferolito Next Level Baseball Banquet was held. I always enjoy the event getting to meet the All-Star players for both the rural and city teams along with their parents. Girlfriend Tommee and son Joey also attended the event.
Also at the banquet we got to meet Representative Alan Williams and very much enjoyed a conversation with him.
I also was impressed with his business card, which includes Braille, something I had never seen on a business card before.
On Saturday, it was the Next Level Baseball Showcase at Godby. In it the rural boys bested the city boys 20-7.
Saturday night, Tommee and I then attended the Billy Dean Concert in downtown Havana and again had a great time listening to the music and visiting with friends, which I thankfully feel I have many.
It was a busy four days, but I had a ball.
Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to let Ryan Robinson and his Next Level staff know from my heart that I could never thank them enough for how they make me feel in naming the All-Star events after me and how they treat me and mine at these events.