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My Ultimate Sports Fantasy - Sports Bucket Listby Kristina MathewsMy ultimate sports fantasy? That is a hard one. Once upon a time it would have been for my son to play on the winning World Series team. For the San Francisco Giants, of course. But he’s moved on to football and that’s not going to happen no matter how much he reminds me of Hunter Pence.I wrote in my bio that I would like to be a ball dudette someday. Those are the guys and gals who sit on the sidelines and retrieve foul balls during the game. Some clubs use high school or college players, but the Giants have a “Ball Dude Camp” that you attend, and the fees go to the Giants Community Fund. You can also bid on a chance to be a ball “Dude” or “Dudette” as part of their annual auction. They also offer an Honorary Grounds crew where you get to change out second base and keep it.It would be really cool to throw out the first pitch and have my very own bobble head. Maybe when I’m really famous. Who knows?Anything can happen. I forget which year that was the Giant’s slogan.All hardcore baseball fans would love to spend a season travelling to every Major League ballpark in the country, and Canada. A visit to Cooperstown is also on the list of must-dos. I also plan on attending Spring Training in the near future. The main reason I haven’t been yet is because it’s always too early for Spring Break and it’s hard to get a sub for my teacher’s aide job.The ultimate sports fantasy would have to be participating in The Giants’ Fantasy Camp. It’s open to men and women over 25. I would spend a week in Scottsdale, with baseball clinics and games Monday-Saturday. I would get my own uniform to keep. I would learn drills, take batting practice, and be drafted onto a team that would compete with other teams throughout the week.Each team is assigned two former Pro players as their coaches, and there is a tournament. I’m sure it is pretty competitive. I live just above a softball field and I often listen to the games and tournaments. It’s one of my favorite sounds of summer.Considering I haven’t played baseball since I was nine or softball since my son was born sixteen years ago, I’d better start getting in shape now. In case my husband decides to surprise me for my birthday in the next couple of years. Hint, hint.
Worth the Trade
By Kristina Mathews
More Than A Game, Book 2
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Length: 236 Pages
About the book:
A ballplayer and a team owner would give anything for a championship—even their hearts…
After inheriting majority ownership of the San Francisco Goliaths baseball team, Hunter Collins wants to prove to herself—and the rest of the league—that she’s got what it takes to build a champion. Her first move is to trade for a hot left-fielder. He’s got it all, speed, power, and a desire to win. Not to mention undeniable charm.
Marco Santiago is tired of being the new player in town. After four teams in six years, he’s facing free agency at the end of the season. He wants nothing more than a long-term contract and a World Series win. Hitting on his new owner probably isn’t the best way to get it, but love may be the most powerful challenger either of them has ever faced...
Warning: Strong language, consummated love scenes, and some baseball clichés.
“Smart, fun, and sexy. A great romance read.” –New York Times Bestselling Author, Kat Martin
EXCERPT“I’m only interested in winning the division and making a strong run in the postseason.” She turned her head to look out the window as if to show she was unaffected by the chemistry between them.“Aren’t you a rotten liar?” He chuckled softly. Oh yeah, he was definitely getting to her. “Don’t join in the poker game at the next owners’ retreat. You’ll be wiped out.”She whipped her head around so fast the car shook. “I happen to be a very good poker player. I can hold my own against anyone. Anytime.”Interesting. Her strong reaction told him two things. She was insecure about her place among her fellow owners. And yes, she was interested in him on more than a professional level.“That explains your wardrobe.” He leaned back, not ready to leave her just yet. “You dress like you do to fit in with the old boys’ club. But you can’t hide the fact that you are all woman.”“And you can’t hide the fact that you don’t want to be here.” She dared look him straight in the eye, but couldn’t hold his gaze.“I’m starting to come around.” He gave her one last smile.
Kristina Mathews doesn't remember a time when she didn't have a book in her hand. Or in her head. But it wasn't until 2010 that she confessed the reason the laundry never made it out of the dryer was because she was busy writing romance novels.
While she resigned from teaching with the arrival of her second son, she's remained an educator in some form. As a volunteer, Parent Club member or para educator, she finds the most satisfaction working with emergent and developing readers, helping foster confidence and a lifelong love of books.
Kristina lives in Northern California with her husband of twenty years, two sons and a black lab. A veteran road tripper, amateur renovator and sports fanatic. She hopes to one day travel all 3,073 miles of Highway 50 from Sacramento, CA to Ocean City, MD, replace her carpet with hardwood floors and serve as a “Ball Dudette” for the San Francisco Giants.