JUCO is officially underway out at Suplizio Field!
Fans are excited, and players thrilled to be here, but as it turns out, the annual baseball tournament is more than just a good time for some people.
For many, it's full of traditions and rituals.
11 News Reporter Chiara Lotierzo spent the morning out at Suplizio with the fans and has the story.
Opening day boasts a lot of faithful fans.
There are those who come out each opening day, each year, and even each game.
But how about a family that is first in line, every year, to every single game?
Meet the Blosser Family.
Long before the first pitch is thrown, before the starting teams take the field, before the chalk goes on the dirt, the field is dragged, and the rosin bag is put on the mound, the Blosser Family is in position.
"mmmm,...ten years. I think this is our tenth year?"
Sitting in their favorite seats, the family says the ritual of claiming bleacher territory is something it takes pretty seriously.
"We usually get here about two hours before the first game starts, everyday, and we just sit out in line and wait for the gates to open.”
And so seriously that everyday, every game, for ten years, the Blosser family has been first in line at the north gate, in hopes of ending up right here.
So while the stadium fills up with fans milling around to find decent seats the Blossers have already laid claim on what they consider to be one of the best views in the park, right behind home plate, just a few rows up, and close to all of the action.
And as for action, the family says the seating situation is a game of its own.
"Friendly competition with some people who have been here for a lot of years...tryin to see who, as the days go on, different people start showin up, and, you see all your old buddies from JUCO"
And although they have to get here early, the Blossers consider it worth the time.
And say the JUCO tradition is as fun as their competition to get here.
"see who gets here first, but nobody beats us"
The Blossers say they'll be out here, in their same seats, all week.