Like a lot of things these days, what turned out to be an awesome real-life moment started out on Twitter.
With the Philadelphia Phillies in town to play Los Doyers, I half jokingly suggested to my friend Leslie, aka Big Red Fury’s newest contributor, that we should go to the game in Husker gear to show some Big Red love for former Husker and current Phillie Cody Asche.
She was down so the hard part became deciding which Husker shirt to wear. In the meantime, I tweeted to Cody to let him know that Husker Nation would be at the game.
— Cody Asche (@cody_smasche) August 8, 2016
Oh snap. Since he knew we’d be there, that meant it was time to break out the big gun, the mighty foam finger.
If you’ve never done so, I can’t recommend going to a sporting event decked out in the gear belonging to a team that is A) not even playing and B) the completely wrong sport. The odd looks from security are totally worth it.
We slid into the fancy seats near the Phillies’ dugout for their half of BP and waited for Cody to take his turn in the cage.
When he took his final cut in the cage, I couldn’t help but let a Go Big Red rip. It was my first one of 2016 and felt good. Darn good.
Cody then walked over to some fans who were on the field for BP and it looked like he was signing a ball for one of them. But it turned out he was borrowing a pen.
The next thing you know a ball was coming our way. There’s nothing that instantly brings back every haunting memory of missed Little League pop ups like a big leaguer tossing you a ball.
Luckily, I didn’t muff his perfect throw and here’s what I found when I un-cradled my mitts.
As our friend Marc snapped a souvenir photo for us, he remarked that Husker Nation is on a completely different level than any other team. He’s a die hard Dodger and USC fan and was just boggled by how much deeper Husker fandom goes.
You’re damn right.