Rogersville Mom Receives Home Run Mother's Day Gift

Published 05/08 2014 06:23PM

Updated 05/08 2014 06:53PM

Mother's Day is Sunday, but one mother in Rogersville already received what she's calling "the gift of a lifetime!" 

80-year-old Betty Skipworth says this gift turned out to be a homerun!  "The best!  There could never be anything to top it!"

It began in January when her son, Tony Skipworth, and daughter, Sonya Hayter, planned a surprise trip.  Sonya recalls her conversation with Tony.  "He said, 'What if we take her to Wrigley for Mother's Day?' We could really suprise her!" recalls Hayter.  This was one of Betty's well-advertised dreams.

Betty knew something was going on, but couldn't figure out exactly what.  "I said, 'Where are we going?'" recalls Betty.  "And I said, 'Well you'll find out tomorrow.  Just pack a bag!" says Sonya.

The big day came and Betty's son arrived to her house. "He pulls some paper out of his pocket and says 'Mother, how would you like to go see the Cardinals and Cubs game?'" recalls Betty.  "She listens to them every night, watches them on TV.  She is a true Cardinals fan!" explains Sonya.  Betty was overjoyed! "You've got to be kidding! I wanted to do that forever!" says Betty.

Off to Chicago they went!  On the train to the game they met some Cubs fans.  "Not any bigger Cubs fans than I am a Cardinals fan," adds Betty.   Betty's head-to-toe Cardinal gear caught the attention of the Cubs fans.  "We started jawing them, giving them a hard time about beating them and stuff."  When they arrived to Wrigley field, they went their separate ways into the game. 

Then, in the sixth inning, Cubs player Wellington Castillo hit a foul ball and it landed in the hands of a Cubs fan.  "I turned around to see how far back it was, and who did I see but those guys that we  had talked to on the train!" says Betty.

What happened next shocked Betty.  "I looked up and he said 'First time at Wrigley. Would you like to  have it?' Yes!" exclaimed Betty.

"It was more than just giving her the ball.  It was neat to see two teams coming together," adds Sonya.

"I  couldn't believe it! I thought, if they were in St. Louis and I caught a  ball, would I give it to them? Probably not! Haha!" says Betty  jokingly.  Sonya knows her mom better saying she deserves the ball.   "She's the most giving human-being," says Sonya.

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