By day, Chet Lumish and Jack Steele are regular 70ish retirees. By night, they turn into "The Dancing Ushers" at McKechnie Field.
What started out as a gag in the Bradenton Marauders inaugural season is now a fan favorite and the ballclub will honor the hoofers Friday with a Dancing Ushers T-shirt giveaway night for the first 750 fans.
"This is absolutely the coolest," Lumish said.
"It's taken on a life of its own," Steele said.
"They've become a recognizable part of the McKechnie Field experience," Marauders general manager Rachelle Madrigal said. "Not everyone remembers the final score, but everyone remembers the ushers dancing."
The fun began in 2010 when the dynamic duo spontaneously busted a move to the music and Art Ross, former PA announcer, took notice.
"We told him if he played Bob Seger's 'Old Time Rock & Roll,' we'd put on a show," Lumish said.
They usually do their thing in the fourth inning with Ric Russo on the PA.
"We change it up once in awhile with Michael Jackson's 'Beat it,' but the fans love it, regardless," Steele said. "They come up and ask: 'Are you going to dance tonight?' They take videos. For a couple of old guys, it's really neat."
"It's like we're 25 again," Lumish said.
Speaking of being young at heart, Father Joe Connolly, pastor at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, is 74.
It's good to be Josh Letts. The 2009 Manatee High alum recently got his masters in accounting from the University of Florida. Saturday he and sweetheart, Janessa Gonzalez, will be married in Miami Lakes. Come October, Josh will start work with Deloitte, a firm in Atlanta. Parents Emily and Fred are
Uh, oh! Yvonne DeChambre Markiewicz hit the big 6-0!
Phillies prospect Cord Sandberg smacked a dramatic 18th-inning three-run homer for the Lakewood (N.J.) BlueClaws in a 4-1 victory over the Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads in Class A South Atlantic League on Aug. 8.
Korean War vet Skip Hannon is 85 years young.
Three Manatee High Sugar 'Cane alums are Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleaders. Lauren Cross, a bartender and server at Outback Steakhouse, is in her third season. Kymberli Nance, a registered nurse at Blake Medical Center, is a captain and in her second year. Lindsey Bell, a buyer and assistant manager at The Shore on St. Armand's Circle, is a rookie.
Dan and Sandy Brennan celebrated their 20th anniversary with friends Debbie Stafford and Georgia Lee.
Lakewood Ranch High alum Seth McGarry is 2-3 with a 3.76 ERA relief pitching for the West Virginia Black Bears, Pittsburgh's Class A Short Season team in the New York-Penn League.
Oh, no! Danny Cacchiotti, recently retired Myakka City fire chief, hit the Big 6-0!
Daniel Anderson, Chad Choate, Cord Graham and Hampton Harrison played golf in Maggie Valley, N.C., in what figures to be an annual road trip for the lads.
Jack and Mary Mackie along with Bob and Karen Stewart celebrated their 57th anniversaries together. Both couples moved here in 1958, met as teachers and became friends. Jack coached at Southeast and Manatee. Bob coached at Manatee and became Bayshore High's first principal.
Lastly, Bailey Christie got a bachelor's degree in human communications from the University of Central Florida, prompting mom, Susan Harrigan, to quip: "I guess it's good that she can communicate with humans better now."
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