Cal Baseball is alive and kicking! 400 Golden Bears and Golden Bear Cubs made it to Evans Diamond to hang out with the team, celebrate the 2011 season, and kick off 2012. Baseball activities for all! Scrimmage with guaranteed Cal victory! Oh my! Go Bears! More pics after the jump.
There was quite a bit to do, and all run by the Cal team. But the chance to do stuff as cranky adults meant kicking out kids, and look at them having so much fun:
Getting to 1st base:
The Cal team was everywhere, without any closed doors, though occasionally behind batting cage fences.
California Marching Band at Cal Baseball FanFest 2.11.2012 (via GoldenBlogs)
The turnout from the band was quite good. Lift your skinny trombones like antennae to heaven!
I actually don't have much of a narrative to the game. I mean, Blue team, Gold team, it's hard to keep track who's who when they're all Bears! So here's a bunch of pictures of the game. Tony Renda leads off for Gold.
Some players were working on their juggling skills, but not everyone was interested. This lucky kid got to spend the entire game in the Blue dugout.
The season hasn't even started and the Bears are already showing more hustle and grit than their uniforms can handle.
The Bears have their fundamentals down. Routine grounder, indeed.
Mitch Delfino knows how to celebrate a home run with his teammates.
Danny Oh also knows how to celebrate a home run with his teammates.
Post-pitching arm ice.
Get that ball back to the infield!
Catchin' with style. Cal style.
Warming up in the pen.
Ryan Sandler's sidearm motion. His family was there to see him pitch. Very cool.
It was cloudy in the morning, but it didn't take long to turn into a beautiful day for a ballgame.
Nice swing. Blue team had no problem with Gold team sneaking into their dugout to admire the view.
Checking the runner at 1st.
Tony Renda: Pac-10 Player of the Year and Heartthrob
Blue and gold and baseball. The perfect combination.
And Cal wins!
And that's it for Fanfest. All in all, nothing less than a lovely day. Looking forward to the 2012 season. GO BEARS!