Southwest Louisiana could win a major league experience to remember.
Moss Bluff Little League mom Lindsay Halpin is one of six finalists in the Little Field, Big Experience Chance of a Lifetime Event. A win would transform the Moss Bluff Don Manuel Baseball & Softball Complex into a Major League Baseball ballpark for a day with major league talent or mascots, professional game experiences, ballpark food, music and entertainment.
Halpin sees it as a chance for the entire community to come together and knock it out of the ballpark.
"Today we're all working so hard at our jobs and as parents. Traffic is making it even more stressful," she said. "A major league experience would bring a lot of magic, whimsy and fun to the community, if only for a day. What's more American than that?"
Her son, Lucas, plays for the Moss Bluff River Bandits. He said he's learning how to stop grounders.
Halpin said it goes beyond that. Respecting others and parents is as much a part of the training as keeping an eye on the ball.
Coach Gary "Bubba" Viator works full time and coaches the River Bandits.
"We had 100 spectators in the stands the other night when Moss Bluff played against South Lake Charles," he said. "Some were parents of the kids playing, but not all. Baseball is big here — from Beaumont to Baton Rouge. It's not like that everywhere. It's a family outing here."
Halpin said she was scrolling through a social media site when she saw the chance to enter her name in a random drawing for Major League Baseball tickets.
"I've never won anything in my life until now," she said.
She and her family chose Astros tickets. Winning the tickets gave her the opportunity to send in a photo and essay that would communicate why Moss Bluff is the best place to roll out the major league game experience sponsored by a lawn care products company.
"I knew the photo I wanted to send," Halpin said. "It was after a game that was hard-fought. The boys had loaded up in the back of a pickup truck to get snow cones and I snapped a picture. They were happy as clams. Happiness. That's the first word of the essay."
See the photo and read the essay at littlefieldbigexperience.com. Readers can vote every day between now and July 4. Winners will be called or notified on or around July 8.