This is an exciting day! You see, the CrabbieMasters are challenging the Crabbies to a baseball game.
This all came about when the CrabbieMasters were trying to play ball in the park one day not long ago. King, Too-Tired and Hungry showed up… trying their hardest to ruin the game. Too-Tired tried to tire out the pitcher and Hungry was busy making sure no one stopped playing long enough to break for lunch.
Finally, Jay made an offer.
“Hey, King. Why don’t you get your Crabbies together and we’ll challenge you to a game of baseball.”
“You got it! Just say when,” King said.
“One week from today. Meet here at noon.”
And so the game was on…
“Strike one! Strike two! Strike three! You’re out!” The umpire called out as Kay returned to the dugout.
“Don’t worry, Kay,” Jay said. “We have two more chances.”
“It’s… it’s… it’s out of the field!”
Home run for Jay!
With a score of 1-0 at the bottom of the first, Hurry-Up took to the plate.
It’s a hit! And he’s off… first… second… third… and he’s home! He’s pretty fast in those inline skates. The score is now 1-1.
The game went on with one team scoring one point and the other team scoring one point.
Then came the tie-breaker…
Kay was at the plate. Can’t-Do was pitching. “Na, na, na, na!” Can’t-Do chanted at Kay. “You can’t do it. You can’t hit the ball. Come on, Kay, let’s see a strike.”
“Strike one!” the umpire called.
Oh no. This was it. Full count. Bases loaded. Can’t-Do taunting and teasing.
“Don’t pay attention to Can’t-Do,” Jay yelled. “Just focus on the ball. Keep your eye on the ball.”
Kay did as Jay said, and she watched as the ball came toward her. She swung! She hit! Boy, did she hit! Over the fence and into Mrs. Wilder’s flower bed.
“Homerun!” the umpire shouted. The game was over. CrabbieMasters won! Kay was carried off the field by her teammates and the Crabbies crawled away.
Mrs. Wilder came over and handed Kay the game ball. “Great game, kids! Be sure to stop over when you leave and I’ll give you some nice peaches to take home.”
Team CrabbieMasters had a great day. They won the game and they got to pick some yummy peaches from Mrs. Wilder’s tree.
And that made everyone very happy!
Poor Kay. Her day didn’t start too well.
Her dad asked her to do a hard chore. He didn’t think it was hard, but Kay did. He had asked her to move some boxes from her mom’s sewing room to the garage.
The first three were easy. They were light and not too large. Then… a big one stared at her.
I can’t move this by myself, she thought. I wish Jay would hurry home.
But Jay wasn’t coming. He had spent the night at his friend’s house.
Kay huffed and puffed and took a deep breath. She tried lifting the box.
Not even a budge.
Nope. She couldn’t move it even one little inch.
She leaned over and tried once more to lift the box.
“Ha, ha, ha!”
“Who’s laughing?” She asked, standing and looking around.
Suddenly, something jumped on top of the box.
“It’s me! Can’t-Do!”
“Oh, I should have known you were around somewhere.”
“What’s the matter, Kay? Did I ruin your day?”
“I guess you did. I can’t lift this box and my dad asked me to take it to the garage.”
“Ha, ha, ha!” Can’t-Do laughed and laughed.
“What’s so funny?” a voice called out. “Do you need help, Kay?”
“Jay! You’re back. Yes, I could use some help. Can’t-Do here is trying to ruin my day.”
“Can’t-Do, take a hike. Kay and I got this!”
And so, Jay and Kay moved the box to the garage and Can’t-Do ran away pouting.
You see, friends, it’s okay to ask for help when you can’t do something on your own!
Sometimes the Crabbies like publicity–good or bad. After all, they’re Crabbies.
CrabbieMaster Kay was a bit surprised to hear King promoting our Instagram page. Here’s the link:
And here’s what King said:
“You know how we love to get our picture on the Internet for the WORLD to see?! Well, CrabbieMasters has us on Instagram! As a King, I photograph quite well, and so do all of you. 🙂
“Of course, you know how the CrabbieMasters are… always telling everyone to watch out for us so we don’t ruin their day.
“Oh, how much fun we can have parading all over Instagram! The more CrabbieMasters put us there, the more fans we’ll have, and the more fans we have the more days we can ruin. We’re celebrities!
“Hip… hip… hooray!”
“Ha!” said Kay, smiling.
When she got wind of King’s silly speech she let him and the rest of the Crabbies know that they can admire their Instagram pictures all they want, but they won’t be tricking anyone.
“King, get real! We show everyone how to BEAT you and make sure you DON’T ruin the day. We use Instagram to show everyone how to make you GO AWAY!
“So, enjoy your pictures because we know they help everyone recognize you when they see you! Sorry, King. You’re off your game today. Instagram helps us, not you! Now everyone will know who to be on the lookout for – YOU!”
We are very excited as our illustrator, Erik, finishes the artwork for our CrabbieMasters series. He’s doing an awesome job! We love the picture above! It really shows what we’re all about. Powering-Up and keeping the Crabbies away today and every day!
Our editor has been busy working on a special project for us. We can’t wait to share the CrabbieMasters program and our books with you!
That’s all for today! Keep the Crabbies away and have a good day!
Yours in beating the Crabbies,