Join Me for the World Movie Premiere for 'Legendary: When Baseball Came to the Bluegrass!'
This coming Tuesday night will mark another great night in Lexington history. Join myself and other Lexington Legends baseball fans downtown Lexington at the historic Kentucky Theater for the World Premiere of "Legendary: When Baseball Came to the Bluegrass," the documentary film that explores the amazing journey of the Lexington Legends. It all started as a vision the late 1980s and the movie covers all the obstacles by building the stadium, the inaugural season and winning the championship and all the great moments over the last 10 years. The film is directed by Central Kentucky resident Michael Crisp and produced by Scott Hall.
I have so many great memories of the Lexington Legends and attending the games. I just don't even know where to start but I will definitely provide you with some of the most memorable events or memories that I will never forget.
Summer 2000 - I remember being downtown at Cheapside Party for the summer's weekly event, Thursday Night Live. TNL as us Lexingtonians refer to it was a hopin! On that particular August night, they unveiled the name of our new minor league baseball team. Weeks before, I had submitted my name, the Lexington Lighting and hoped it would win. Instead The Legends won out and the rest is history. Gotta say, I love the name!
December 2000 - My Mom and I got away from my dad for a few hours to visit the Lexington Legends headquarters near the stadium. We wanted to surprise my dad with season tickets to the games. My dad was a Hall of Fame coach back in his day before retirement. I knew he would be thrilled with season tickets. On Christmas Day, he was and so were we! We sat right behind home plate. My Mom as a Coach's wife has always been fond of these seats. She says, you can tell the very second the pitcher releases the ball if it is going to be a strike. The Soper family name still remains on the seats. The Legends know how to make you feel special!
(My Dad and Big L on the left)
April 5. 2001 - The very first Lexington Legends game was a road trip game to Charleston West Virginia. My parents made the trip with Legends founder, owner and CEO Alan Stein. Many Lexington fans were in attendance and a great time was had by all. I was in college at Transylvania at the time so I wasn't able to make it. It didn't matter. I was happy as long as my parents were there to fill me in. They had a blast!! The Legends beat the Charleston Alley Cats for the very first win in Lexington Legends history!
First Season 2001 - The first season was especially neat because we met so many great people whom we remain friends with today. As we sat in our section, we always chatted with the other season ticket holders around us. It was a neat experience for me that whenever there was a controversial play and call made on the field, the fans in our section would turn to my dad to get this take on the situation. We made tons of friends and made lifetime memories. Over the years we continued to meet new faces, see the old faces and I would say the best part for me was simply spending time with my parents and family, night after night enjoying the game. These are moments I will treasure forever.
June 6, 2006 - The Day Roger Clemons Came to Town! Roger was at his peak in his hall of fame baseball career and he wanted to play one game with his son Koby Clemons, Third basemen for the Legends. And what a day it was!! There were over 200 media pass request alone and reporters from 17 counties. ESPN carried the game live. I will always remember sharing this game in particular with my family. How could I not as I was swapped with reports just as I tried to get to my seat. Without a doubt an epic night in Legends and Lexington baseball history.
August 2006 - Probably the biggest night that stands out in my mind was during mid-August. That is when my Mom, Brother and I hosted a surprise birthday party for my dad for his 70th birthday. What an incredible night for my family and one of the best nights of my entire life. My mom thinks it was the very first ever birthday party that my dad had ever had. We had a huge turn out and had a private VIP suite at the game. Words cannot describe what that night meant to me and how happy I was to see my dad so surprised. He was so truly happy to see all of his family and friends.
And that is what the Legends are all about. Bringing happiness and memories to so many individuals and families in the Lexington area. The Legends have been a real treat to follow and the games offer up fun entertainment for fans of all ages. I cherish the Legends games with my family so much. I am sure there are hundreds others who feel the same way. And that kind of love and appreciation is what made this movie possible. Do you have a cool story to share? Message me and I will post it!!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - The movie will begin at 7:30 at the Kentucky Theater. Afterwards, there will be a Q & A session with members of the Legends and founder Alan Stein. After party will be held at TRUST lounge downtown. Come on out and join us!
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