Day six was full of surprises for the Lipscomb Baseball Dominican Republic mission team.
We finished the tin roof on the first base dugout and most of the tin roof on the third base dugout. We finished the second tier of chain link fencing on the backstop and got about a third of the way finished with the top tier.
The most memorable moment of the day came around 4 p.m. when the community gathered at the field to celebrate. At that time, Lipscomb Baseball Director of Operations Brian Ryman announced that we were naming the field Brooks Forehand Field in honor of Coach Jeff Forehand’s youngest son who inspires all of us who know him each and every time we see him. A permanent marker and sign was made and will be placed directly behind home plate.
Another fun surprise was giving “Los Bisontes” (Bisons) purple baseball jerseys to each and every child that was at the field for the dedication. Adrian (the boy I mentioned yesterday) got a new pair of Nike tennis shoes. It was definitely feeling like Christmas in the Dominican!
As we were cleaning up the field late in the day, we decided to do a little wildlife exploration and lift up some old, heavy metal scoreboard pieces that were behind the third base dugout next to the town dump. We were not disappointed. At least 20 tarantula spiders including, four gigantic ones, were underneath along with some prehistoric-looking cockroaches and centipedes. The kids went absolutely nuts when they saw them.
Tonight we took the guys to a really nice restaurant in Santiago for dinner. Most of them had steak. Then we were able to catch the last few innings of a Dominican professional baseball league game between the Leones (Lions) and the homestanding Aguiles (Eagles). Manny Ramirez was playing for the Aguiles. The atmosphere in the stadium was loud and full of energy.
Some of the guys did some of their first bartering of the trip with some of the vendors outside the stadium, picking up shirts and caps.
Tomorrow we finish our work at Brooks Forehand Field. Please continue to pray for our team.
- If you haven’t given to support our trip, please consider doing so. Go to www.lipscomb.edu/gift and designate your gift to Dominican Republic-Baseball.