It was “Play ball!” on Wed., Apr. 5 at Schervier Pavilion, a skilled nursing facility on the Warwick Campus of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, as residents gathered in the dining hall to celebrate the beginning of the 2017 baseball season.
Some of the residents said they were Yankee fans and others favored the Mets or even some out of town team. The staff showed which team they supported by the T-shirts and jerseys they were wearing.
Although the Major League baseball season began a few days before, it was still a traditional “Opening Day,” party for the residents at Schervier Pavilion. During the party they began the celebration by singing, “The Star Spangled Banner,” and then symbolically tossing out the first ball, talking about baseball history and enjoying hot dogs and ice cream.
The residents also participated in a Wii baseball game activated by a remote control device. A short skit was performed by Recreation Aides Roselle Egan and Dori Kaarlsen. The two reenacted the famous Abbott and Costello baseball routine, “Who’s on first?”
For those too young to remember the humorous exchange between the 1940s-1950s era comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, the laughs came from the confusion that arises when the comics discuss a team of baseball players with names like Who, What and I Don’t Know. The residents were later treated to a video of the same routine played by the real Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and another video of famous baseball players and games.