TRAVERSE CITY — Twins Ezra and Cosmo Franseth were not only able to see the Harlem Globetrotters up close and personal from the front row for their birthday.
They also were able to see their parents get involved in the act.
The two boys from Petoskey turned 8 on Friday, and tickets to see the Globetrotters at Traverse City Central were part of their birthday gift.
But their parents Kamala and Mitch got almost as much out the game as the twins, being involved in game hi-jinx on multiple occasions.
“They usually pick normal people to come up,” Ezra said.
“So it was like a 50 percent chance,” Cosmo quickly added.
Globetrotters player Kris “Hi-Lite” Bruton sat on Kamala’s lap in the first half and high-fived another youngster in the crowd.
Then in the second half, Bruton swiped her purse, later giving it to a World All-Stars player while the game was going on. The All-Stars player slung it over his shoulder and kept playing.
Later, Bruton — a former second-round draft pick by the Chicago Bulls — tried to return the purse, telling his teammate to find the pretty lady who it belonged to. After asking which one, Bruton told his teammate, “The one with the red face.”
The player instead brought her husband Mitch out, to which Burton replied, “Not the ugly lady.”
Finally, she was given her purse back, and Bruton gave her a game-worn wristband in exchange for a kiss. Then another wristband for another kiss. Then another.
“I told Mitch he was the best-smelling athlete I’ve ever been near,” Kamala said. “(The wristbands) were sweaty. But seriously, he smells like strawberries. They’re just such great guys. You can tell aside from the act, they’re genuinely great guys and good people.”