Tonight is Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. Unfortunately, I fell a few million votes short of making one of the teams. Maybe next year.
In the interim, I’ve put together a list of some of the All-Stars in my life. This list isn’t exclusive, but just some of the names I could think up at midnight. I just want to say thanks to these people for being awesome.
Amanda M.: I’m really glad I married this lady. She makes me laugh every single day.
Steve Ellis: I’m guessing none of y’all know Steve. I don’t know Steve. However, Steve founded Chipotle. Thank you, Steve.
Paul M. and Eddie W.: These guys are some of our BFFs. They make us laugh, they are always there to help, and they are incredible cooks.
Paul and I as (unintentionally creepy) Bert and Ernie, Halloween 2013:
Hannah M.: Hannah inspired me to start this blog. She also loves the same kind of terrible music that I enjoy.
Tom Brady: He’s won “5” Super Bowls for my beloved New England Patriots. Thank you, Tom. We should hang out again:
My mom and Amanda’s mom: Both of them have stayed with us a bunch over the first few months of our kids’ lives. Their love, support, and help have been priceless. We would not have survived without them.
Joe S.: We send a lot of snarky texts. Most of them are about baseball and the horrible grammar we see people use on Facebook. It is healthy to vent somewhere.
Steve F.: More snarky texts. Most are about crazy stuff our kids do, the highs and lows of being a lawyer, and how amazing our wives are at everything. Steve also makes me feel young when we hang out because he’s much older than me.
Josh O.: I look up to this guy more than I do any of my other friends. Josh is 6’6″.
Howard and Kelly A.: Howard has been one of my BFFs for 20+ years. They are the nicest people in the world. Kelly is also really short.
Kelly and Josh:
Terrence C.: This guy drives like a thousand miles to church on Sunday. He’s a wonderful, insightful, and funny guy who I am honored to know. He also likes Mexican food.
Kim and Matt H.: These two model the love of Jesus in such incredible ways. Plus, their son is absurdly cute.
Vanilla Ice: Thank you for the inspiration and the greatest work of art ever created.
Dennis and Donna P: They are such incredible pastors, mentors, and inspirations.
Ryan Zimmermann: You’ve followed me from Virginia Beach, to UVA, to DC. Thank you for the support. You are also my favorite baseball player.
Joy and Hunter W.: These two are crazy. Crazy because they are willing to do whatever it takes to build an incredible church community.
Andy Dunn: This guy is the reason I wear pink, yellow, green, orange, and purple pants. He founded Bonobos.
“Wear the Rainbow.”
Chris D. and Alissa K.: These two are hilarious. They are getting married in October. I can’t wait to celebrate their lives. However, I’ve been told that I have to stay at least 20 feet away from the microphone.
Charles C.: This guy constantly challenges me to be a better man, husband, and father. He is from Texas. I am too.
Brian Williams: He is my favorite newscaster. He is also my baseball BFF and such a wise and thoughtful friend.
Chad and Kaci C.: Their lives are crazy, but they live them out with incredible grace, composure, and humor. We want to be parents like them.
Ben I.: This guy came to church one time and was volunteering the next week. He has been such an inspiration to so many people at our church.
Ron M.: Amazing man. Amazing life story. Amazing musician. Amazing beard.
John C.: Very few of my guy friends love shoes as much as I do. John does. #solidarity
Jen S. and David W.: I could not live the thug life without them.
My grandparents: I would not be here without them. Literally. Plus, all four are magnificent human beings.
My kids: They have changed everything. For the better.
Okay, time to go to bed. Bye.