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I love the picture featured. It is a rare instance when I actually spotted someone. I am notoriously bad at recognizing people.
Last year during the Athletes Unlimited Softball season, Tatum Edwards was one of the facilitators (more commonly called coaches). My buddy Tony and I were fans of Tatum's from her time with the National Pro Fastpitch Chicago Bandits. Tatum has gone on to a a coaching career at the collegiate level, but she also coached the five week AU season last August.
Tony and I wanted to get a picture with her, but the facilitators rarely come out to the meet-and-greet sessions. On this particular day, Tony and I were re-entering the ballpark for the second game of the day, when I saw Tatum walking across the concourse. Yes, I spotted and recognized Tatum.
I sped up and called out to her. Despite being loaded with gear, Tatum could not have been nicer. Despite us saying she didn't have to put all down for our pic, she wanted to make it a nice one for us and she did. This one is Tony's (obviously), but I also have a very similar one. This is one of our favorite pictures of the season for both of us.
AU just finished the AUX softball season. That's an abbreviated nine day season, as opposed to the regular 15 day season, which will be played in Rosemont in late July through August. I don't know if Tatum will be back, but we both hope so. I certainly will keep my eyes open for her if she is.