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    Real Field of Dreams: See Baseball Wedding @ Blair Field

    Baseball wedding July 19/03(July 19, 2003) -- It looked like a baseball game at LB's Blair Field on July 19.

    Visitors entered through the turnstiles...

    Baseball wedding July 19/03...and were met by people in festive attire who proclaimed, "Get Your Program!"

    The "program" revealed this game was in a league of its own.

    It was a wedding unlike any we've ever seen.

    Deborah and Michael love baseball...and each other. "Attending many games and two World Series while dating, we just couldn't help but feel there isn't anything more appropraite than stepping up to the plate literally," Deborah told us.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03Wedding guests signed in on a giant baseball.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03The stands filled with invited guests as traditional baseball tunes played on the stadium P.A. system.

    "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame..."

    Baseball wedding July 19/03Ushers escorted family and VIPs to field seats between third base and home plate.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03The P.A. announcer summoned the team -- the "Long Beach Groomsmen" -- from their dugout.

    The Groomsmen wore custom pro uniforms with "Long Beach" across their jersey. The uniforms were styled after the Boston Red Sox.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03And wearing number 11, the "pitcher," groom Michael.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03The "pitcher" is greeted by his teammates...

    Baseball wedding July 19/03...and warms up on the mound.

    He was throwing good ones...above the knees and below the shoulders.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03The crowd meets the "umpire," Rev. Jerry Shurmard.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03Bridesmaids dressed in red were met by groomsmen and escorted down the third base line toward home plate.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03Here Comes The Bride!

    Baseball wedding July 19/03"Umpire" Rev. Shurmard pulls out a hand whisk and cleans home plate.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03The wedding opens like a baseball game...with the Star Spangled Banner.

    The flag flew in Iraq and Kuwait...where a familymember now serves.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03Sacred words, solemn wows and then...

    Baseball wedding July 19/03A "7th inning stretch" as the P.A. plays "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and ushers toss bags of peanuts to guests.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03The newlyweds join in.

    "Root, root root for the home team..." Deborah adds, "Go Angels."

    Baseball wedding July 19/03You may kiss the bride.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03The newlyweds exit, followed by bridesmaids and groomsmen who exchange high-fives.

    Baseball wedding July 19/03Then, food!

    Hamburgers, hot dogs...

    Baseball wedding July 19/03...baked beans and potato salad on paper plates. Good! (And a lot better than some of the greasy stuff we've had at other nuptials)

    Big smiles attest to a joyful day.

    We wish the newlyweds many homeruns and extra innings.

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