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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tom, Katie and Suri in the park

Members of the girls softball team hanging out with Tom Cruise earlier this month at Betty Virginia Park are Emily Batte (left), Janie Hooper, Ellie Marcotte, Madeline Greenleaf, Isabelle Watkins, Katie Cordone and Peyton Brooks.

And, this is not the photo that ran in In Touch magazine, emphasized Kay Batte, mom of Emily and team coach.

"This was taken by April Greenleaf, one of our parents," said Batte. "What’s funny is that there really wasn’t anyone else in the park because of the rain. Some of the girls do remember a lady walking up at the last minute taking a picture. I guess she ... sold our picture."

The group was, of course, shocked, but excited to be in a national magazine. However. "We don’t want Tom and Katie to think we sold them out," wrote Batte.

And, here is the rest of the story.

The softball team was practicing in the rain when Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise and baby Suri appeared.

They borrowed a softball for Suri to play with and watched practice for about 10 minutes.

"They thanked us for the ball and wished us luck on our game," said Batte.

The kids didn’t even know who the "famous people" were!

As they left, Batte jogged over and asked if they would sign an autograph.

The couple did better than that.

Both actors signed a softball for each child, talked to them about sports and sports they played when they were growing up.

"They squatted in the middle of my girls and put Suri between them. They talked to the girls about Suri and let them play with her," said Batte.

The parents who witnessed it all were impressed with the way Holmes and Cruise took time with group.

"They seemed to be in no hurry and were very genuine," said Batte.

Their actions dispelled other stories they had read about the two.

"They spent a total of about 25 minutes with us. We took one picture with Tom before we all left. He high-fived my girls, wished them luck on their game, shook my hand and told us it was nice to meet us ... We were all very impressed."


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