Baseball Sumo

A few years ago my parents visited me in Philadelphia, and I took them to a Camden Riversharks minor league baseball game. They got to meet my friend Holly (now my wife) and we had a lovely time. Oh, and I became a Sumo Wrestler.
Campbell's Field

One does not simply become a Sumo Wrestler.
It take years of training and dedication, unless you are at a minor league ballpark. In this case, as I walked into the concourse, a young lady with a clipboard approached.
She asked, “Can I interest you in taking part in a promotion?”
I replied, “Is the the one where you get dressed up in a giant latex Sumo Wrestler suit?”
“Yes…” she said, dejectedly.
“Sure!” I beamed.
Her face lit up like Christmas. She got some information from me, found out where I was sitting, I signed a release, and then sat down with my family.

The 7th inning started and they came for me. I was ushered into the visitors tunnel, where I and an 8th grade science teacher would suit up and wait. I should mention this was August. It was 94 degrees on the field, and 211 degrees in the giant latex Sumo Wrestler suit. We sweated, and we waited. We talked a little strategy. And then, this happened.

My mom shot this video with her phone, a nice phone for the year, and it was from all the way across the infield, but you can hear Holly laughing.

They 8th grade science teacher won a t-shirt. I won a brewery tour (which I gave away to someone who drinks beer).

Brian Atkinson

Brian is an international and inspirational speaker, consultant, and voice artist. Brian has served as the Director of Digital Communications at American Bible Society, and the Director of Digital Media at The Bible Gateway (Gospel Communications International). He has worked as a communications director, technology manager, church-planter, radio announcer, welder, and ice cream man. He has a lot of t-shirts.

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