I had the opportunity of being able to witness Hanley Ramirez make his $70 million- 6 year contract official yesterday morning. The press conference took place in a small baseball field across the street from where the Orange Bowl once stood and where the new home of the ‘Miami Marlins’ will now be.
Hanley Ramirez handled himself incredibly professionally. He came to the event with his eldest son in hand. While we were all there to celebrate his now being with us for another 6 years, I observed a side of Hanley that no one else could have ever appreciated more than I; and I will say one thing, seeing him as a father increased my respect for him as a person.
The entire experience for me was exhilirating. Mario and I were literally part of the press. We were competing for the best shots and best footage. It was wonderful!
Thanks to my Marlins insider for inviting me to this event. 🙂
***All photos courtesy of The Infamous Tatiana, unless otherwise mentioned!***
What used to be the Orange Bowl.
The welcoming Marlins van.
The inflatable Billy the Marlin standing tall.
Marlins owner: David Samson
Young Hanley Ramirez fan shows her support!
Billy thought the press conference was for him
Our star has finally arrived!
Junior gives a warming smile to the crowd.
Hanley gives a tender smile and wave
The signing of the contract. My competition got in the way!
Signing page two.
Junior bored while daddy gives a ‘thank you’ speech.
Hanley drowning in little leaguers, but he seems to be enjoying it.
Samson and I. Very short man. I had to squat down…. (photo courtesy of Mario)
Fredi and I (photo courtesy of Mario)
Sportin’ the 2003 world series ring! (photo courtesy of Mario)
My Manatees and I! I love these guys! (photo courtesy of Mario)