Monthly Archives: June 2008

VIP At Dolphin Stadium

I’m not sure if it is good luck, or just sheer determination, but I am always on the look out for a way to get free tickets or a good deal for Marlins tickets. A week ago, I entered in the FSN’s Watch and Win Sweepstakes. The very next day, I received a phone call from a young man named Anthony letting me know that I was the winner. I had won 2 tickets to the game, two VIP passes for a meet and greet with KC and the Sunshine Band, and two VIP wrist bands to go on the field for the concert after the game. I let out a shriek and did a little dance. 😉
Once game time came, I was beyond excited. We left our home early, as usual, and were one of the first to arrive. ESPN was even filming at the parking entrance and I got a little camera time. Everything was going very well, until we parked. Mario went to the entrance to reserve our place in line while I went to Will Call to pick up all my goodies. I was the very first in line and had to wait nearly 30 min for the people to get to their booth. (They were running late) Once they came, the woman who was at my counter looked at me and told me my tickets weren’t there and that I had to go to “Media Will Call”. Once arriving to MWC(on the other side of the stadium), the woman there told me my tickets weren’t there either. They were at the other will call. Again, like an idiot, I walked over to the other will call only to be informed they weren’t there. It was ridiculous. I was stuck in a Dolphin’s Stadium ping-pong match and I desperately wanted to get out. Now, with all this time being wasted, Mario had to get out of line because the gates opened and he didn’t have tickets. Mario waited anxiously and I eventually found people to help me and they informed me that my tickets were at the Will Call that I was initially at. Turns out the people at will call were lacking in brain matter and thought it would be easier to turn me away than look for my tickets. FINALLY, with my tickets in hand, Mario and I made our way back to the gate. Then, my flip flop broke. This was turning out to be a horrible day.
Once inside, I went in search of duct tape while Mario stayed near and took photos. What a horrible idea. After finding duct tape, I went to find Mario… only to find myself walking in circles for 45 min. I sat down at a picnic table in defeat when Mario finally found me. We were then rescued by FSN and taken to meet Mr. KC himself. Meeting KC wasn’t a big deal, but the experience of being “backstage” was AWESOME! Mike Jacobs stood next to me and I just completely froze. Then out of nowhere, Jorge Cantu came running by and said “Hey!”. Too cool! We also got to see some Diamondbacks. Kirk Gibson was sporting his uniform and porn star ‘stache prior to the game and Eric Byrnes was hanging out with Benito Santiago.
After meeting the slightly awkward KC, Mario and I toured the Marlins corporate facility and then proceeded to our seats. Our seats weren’t exactly “VIP”, but at $35-45 bucks a pop, I certainly wasn’t going to complain. Andrew Miller did very well the first couple of innings. He struck those Diamondbacks out quickly and with out hesitation. It wasn’t until Dan Uggla was injured and had to leave the game that Miller, as well as the rest of the team, began to do a bit poorly. This game marked the first game that Mario and I had been to that the Marlins lost. It was heartbreaking.
In the 8th inning, we went to the back as usual. I was severely depressed, but tried to cheer myself up by dancing like a fool. (It was “70’s Disco Night”) It worked a bit and by the time players began to come out I was back to being my regular foolish self again. Tom Candiotti was the first to come out. He was kind enough to sign for a few minutes and pose for a photo. A few more players came, but no one really knew who they were. One guy was really disappointed. He looked around a few times before getting on the bus, and then even got off the bus again to make sure no one wanted his auto! I wish I knew his name, I felt kind of bad! Mich Owings then came and EVERY ONE called out his name. He walked to the bus holding his head down, ignoring everyone, and appearing very annoyed. He then took one step onto the bus, turned, and gave everyone a “GOTCHA!” kind of look. It was classic. He then came to sign and pose for a couple of photos. He is great guy. Total class act. 🙂 Last, but not least, was Kirk Gibson. I was surprised to see that everyone was calling him, as well. He went on the bus to put his stuff down, but then came right back out to sign. Sadly, people are animals and were trampling over each other just to get to him. I can’t even tell you how many times I got elbowed, stepped on, or kneed in the butt. It was ridiculous. Mr.Gibson gave a few warnings, but obviously the people there were morons and didn’t want to listen. Kirk had enough and began to leave, but not before posing for ONE photo with an adoring fan, thanks to our friend Mitch. 🙂
All in all, the night was a success. The Marlins may have lost, my shoe may have broken, and I got trampled on, but the days experience was all very well worth it. 🙂

Until next time….


Logan Kensing and Scott Olsen signing prior to game time

I’ve never seen Scott looking so pleasant.

KC from “KC and the Sunshine Band” just randomly walking by.

I’m still pretty happy despite everything.

Mike Jacobs “backstage”. That is one BIG mofo!

The army of Mermaids!

Benito Santiago and Eric Byrnes.

Benito and I. 🙂

KC and I. 🙂

In the Marlins office

Andrew Miller. He is totally the man. Coolest Marlin!

Tom Candiatti and I 🙂

Micah Owings and I!! 🙂
Definitely an awesome dude!

Kirk Gibson and I 🙂
Scary dude, but very cool!



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The Greg Maddux Search Is Over

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. My treacherous search for a Greg Maddux auto is over! I didn’t get the card I wanted( Hell, I didn’t even get a card!) and I didn’t get it through a trade, but I did get a great price on a beautifully signed ball that comes with a certificate of authenticity, as well as a sticker placed directly on the ball that goes with the COA.
I still can’t tell you guys why I needed this ball so desperately, but I will be able to let you folks in on our little secret within the next few days. 🙂

Thanks to everyone that tried to help with my search. It is greatly appreciated. I am just glad it is all over, you wouldn’t believe the amount of stress I was under!

Welcome home, Mr. Maddux. 🙂


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For Your Entertainment

It’s be kinda crazy around here lately. The pressures of work have been kicking in, so by the time I get home, I am completely beat. Not to mention my deep depression I have been put in since the Rays swept the Marlins. *heart broken* Don’t worry though, tonight a post with substance will be ready for your reading pleasure, but for now, watch this CRAZY video. I’m sure it’s just a Gatorade ad, but I love how this girl puts the players to shame and leaves everyone amazed. 🙂



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Scott Olsen Has Every Reason To Be A Dick

I never really understood why the seemingly evil Scott Olsen was always in a sour mood. The unapologetic 24 year old nicotine fiend rarely smiles, hardly pays attention to any fans, and is an all around “bad boy”. While Olsen hasn’t made the best decisions in recent years, he has kept him self out of trouble this year. He has stayed focused and has pitched as well as he possibly can. However, his last 9 starts have ended in no decisions, or losses. Sadly, it isn’t even his fault. Olsen usually maintains the lead and the bullpen always manages to ruin the win for him.

For example, this evening’s game against the Rays. Scott Olsen pitched a terrific 7 innings, giving up only 4 hits and 2 runs. Upon leaving the game, Marlins were up a run. All the bullpen had to do was hold it. Reynel Pinto was the first to fill in the pitcher’s spot and immediately, bases were loaded. Joe Nelson then came to try to “save the day”, and while he did well and got two forced outs, he walked two, allowing the Rays to score twice and take the lead. Justin Miller then came in and with a single pitch, ended the top of the 8th.

Scott Olsen has delivered each and every time he has pitched over the last couple of months and the poor guy has not gotten a win since early May. And with as much as I hate Olsen’s pessimistic attitude, I feel that he deserves so much better. So go ahead Scottie, you have every right to be an a*shole. Throw your fit in the dug out, flip off a fan, go kick a dog…. I deeply sympathize with your dilemma. It is just complete and utter bullsh*t.


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The Chicago Cubs Have an Unofficial Mascot… And He Is NOT a Pervert

While searching the net today at work, desperately looking for something to entertain me during the last half hour of my long and exhausting day, I stumbled upon this story at Home Run Derby which made my mouth drop. Apparently, the unofficial mascot of the Chicago Cubs, not only wanders the streets of Chicago wearing only a jersey and occasionally a Fukodome bandanna on his head, but he is incredibly friendly, sometimes lonesome and obviously desperate. On one lonely night, our poor bear was subject to an unattractive drunk Mets fan and coped a feel on her not so goodies. He was just looking for a little love, people! He isn’t disgusting. Actually, the only disgusting thing was that he chose that woman to molest. I don’t think our friendly Cubbie is a pervert at all. Really, I don’t even think he knew he was groping the woman, and I bet to this day he has no idea, unless he Googles himself and this image miraculously appears. (I wouldn’t be surprised) In all reality, he is just a lost little bear in the big Windy City. So, let’s cut our Cubbie some slack. I did and I didn’t get molested! 🙂

Thanks to the Home Run Derby for this great find. 🙂

The Unofficial Cubbie mascot and I


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The newest contest at Wax Heaven is sponsored by me. Want to be a part of it? Well, head on over to Wax Heaven to submit your votes for one hitter and one batter out of the 10 teams that are playing for Monday’s games that will have AT LEAST 3 hits and 5 strike outs. The rules for this contest are simple, once any player is chosen, you may not use the player again. So, please make sure to read all of the comments prior to posting your vote to make sure your player has not already been chosen. Submissions for the contest will be taken at Wax Heaven’s Contest Submission post. If any of your two players reach their numbers, you will advance to the second round.
The winner of the contest will receive an Andrew Miller 2007 Topps Turkey Red G/U relic and a Justin Duchscherer 2008 UD G/U relic, along with a personalized and hand written letter of congratulations written by me and signed by both Wax Heaven and myself. Submissions will be closed at 11 AM Eastern time Monday.
Andrew Miller will be facing Justin Duchscherer today at Oakland. Root for ya boy! (Your boy better be Andrew!) Rumor has it that the Marlins will be sending down a pitcher once Josh Willingham rejoins the team. Keep your fingers crossed that it won’t be Andrew!

Good luck to everyone! 🙂

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Alfredo Amezaga Parites Like A Rockstar!

I’ve always tried to picture what my Marlins players are like outside of their MLB uniforms. I picture Hanley as a great father, mediocre husband, and a frequent visitor to high class clubs in South Beach. Dan Uggla? I picture him and Cody Ross visiting the local “Round Up” country club to do some friendly square dancing. I’ve always pictured Jorge Cantu and Alfredo Amezaga partying it up in Miami with the local Mexican hotties. Jeremy Hermida? I can’t really picture him doing much of anything, so let’s just say he sits at home and knits on his days off.
Just yesterday, I found a few pictures of Amezaga, slightly intoxicated, but responsibly having a good time and doing it rock star style! Amezaga a rock star? Yeah, I said it. Dude was getting his groove on in all his glory. He was even sporting a Metallic t shirt! This is a guy that I would love to party with. He doesn’t look up tight. He just wants to go out and have a great time! Boy, was my perception of Amezaga wrong! He is just a laid back “VIVA METALLICA” kinda dude. I like it. 🙂

Alfredo Amezaga and Hanley Ramirez dancing


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