It was the last game of the home stand and after a few close calls everyone at Chase Field was hoping that today would be the day that Racing Gracie would finally enter the win column not just for this season but ever.
Today was D. Baxter the Bobcat’s birthday and the Diamondbacks were celebrating by having several of Baxter’s friends attend the game. Maybe the overdose of mascots would be just what Gracie needed to get his act in gear.
When the fifth inning ended the Racing Legends were all stretching in the Washington National’s bullpen awaiting the beginning of the race. When the trumpet sounded and the gates flung open out came the four Legends.
Matt Williams, Randy Johnson, and Luis Gonzalez each held up signs wishing Baxter a Happy Birthday and seemed content to celebrate rather than run the race. Racing Gracie took this opportunity and burst away from the pack towards the Nationals dugout.
The other three racers seeing Gracie take advantage of them rushed to try and catch up. At the visitor’s on-deck circle was none other than the birthday boy himself, Baxter. Gracie saw him and realized that he had a gift for the Diamondbacks mascot.
He stopped and handed Baxter an autographed Racing Gracie bobble head from earlier in the season. Which he was giving Baxter the gift and a hug the other racers caught up and passed Gracie.
By the time Racing Gracie had realized what had happened Williams had crossed the finish line moving Gracie’s losing stream to 0-78. I couldn’t help but think of the old Lesley Gore song, “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.” Sometimes parties don’t turn out like you want them to.