Monthly Archives: August 2008

What Has This World Come To?

In today’s world, I find very few things hard to believe. I believe people all over the world are suffering, I believe many people are unemployed, I believe many people are facing foreclosure, and I believe that many people who are deserving of punishment are not receiving it. I have seen all these things and they all go against everything I stand for and everything that this country stands for. I believe in encouraging the good, eliminating the bad and snubbing injustice. I read something on the news yesterday that seems so improbable, so inconceivable, and just plain wrong. It goes against everything moral and in a world filled with so much hate and despair; you’d think people would try to focus on making those things better instead of causing more controversy and pain.

A very talented 9 year old pitcher was banned from his little league team for being “too good”. Jericho Scott has a fast ball that tops out at 40 mph and instead of receiving praise, the Youth Baseball League of New Haven thought it would be a better idea to banish the child from a sport he loves so much. When the coach allowed the boy to take the mound anyway, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed their things, and left.

The Youth Baseball League’s new plan consists of dismantling Jericho’s team and claiming the coach has resigned. However, Wilfred Vidro, the team’s coach, claims otherwise. The team refuses to disband and the coach has not quit.

No one understands why the league is punishing a boy for playing too well. All of Jericho’s pitches are on target and he has never injured anyone. The only person this controversy seems to be affecting is Jericho who says he misses pitching and feels like all of this is his fault.

So sure, let’s dismantle the good, encourage the bad, and allow injustice. The only one that will have to suffer in the end is a poor 9 year old boy that has been unfairly targeted.

Jericho Scott

Jericho Scott

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I Have An Announcement To Make

Due to the recent “crisis” my husband and I are now in, I have now picked up a second job. Which means coming home a lot later than usual and feeling incredibly exhausted. I am not closing down the site, but this is just a warning that there will be less posts.

Last night was my first night of this second job, and I feel utterly wrecked. I am a business woman by day, managing the accounts receivables for my printing company, and a factory worker by night, working amongst illegal aliens folding and inserting papers; doing “fulfillment” work. The good news is that I hope this will only be temporary.

I’m not certain how long I can do this. It’s a lot of sacrifice. I walked into my home last night, the sky was pitch black, the house was silent, my son was already resting his little head on his pillow. It broke my heart that I didn’t get to say good night.

Wish us luck, everyone. This is going to be a very interesting couples of weeks, months, etc.

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The Photo Of The Week

Any relation to Woody Woodpecker? Carlos Quetnin is either in dire need of a head examination or has a sad and frightening fixation with wood. However, it’s completely excusable because the 25 year old left fielder for the Chicago White Sox is leading the MLB in home runs. Keep chomping on that maple, buddy!

Quentin likes his wood polished.

Quentin likes his wood polished.

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Marlins Vs. Cubs: Smells Like Dead Fish

After my cousin has been in town for over a week and has continuously blown me off, she invited me to join her and her husband for the Marlins game yesterday evening. I arrived at Dolphin Stadium late due to the thousands of Cubs fans that were trying to pile into the stadium. I searched for nearly 20 min for parking and when I finally did find a spot, I found myself in unfriendly territory and nearly got attacked by a mob of drunk Cubs fans that found my Marlins bumper sticker offensive. I reminded them whose stadium we were in and I went on my merry way.

I found my cousin about 10 min later buried deep in the crowd and we made our way inside. Our seats weren’t the usual infield box seats, but they did jog my memory a bit for we were sitting in the outfield and I haven’t sat there since April. Despite being so far from the batter’s box, it was nice, however, to have a change of scenery.

The game was an exciting one. Cantu hit a 3-run HR and the Marlins were winning the game up until the top of the ninth when our no good closer, Kevin Gregg, allowed two men to get on base with only one out. When his potential second out came up to bat, Gregg pitched to him a ball that was neither a ‘ball’ or ‘strike’, nay, it was a 3-run HR that allowed the Cubs to steal the game away from the Marlins. As I bowed my head in defeat, I could hear the thousands of Cubs fans cheer, including my cousin and her husband. (They are from Chicago) I have never felt so alone. I looked down onto the field and pondered on my chances of breaking my leg if I jumped in an attempt to run over to the pitcher’s mound and knock some sense into Kevin Gregg. Eventually, I decided that suffering an injury was a huge possibility, as was being hauled away by the Miami Dade police. Kevin, you escaped the wrath of the Infamous One this time, but next time you may not be so lucky.

As we exited the stadium, a 70 something year old woman pointed at all the Marlins fans as she held her nose and yelled “Smells like dead fish! Get out of here, dead fish!” My patience was wearing thin, but I bit my tongue and as I walked by and she pointed at me, she was lucky only to have gotten an evil glare. Despite the game being another heartbreaking loss for the Marlins, I did have a good time. My cousin’s husband even caught a ball! Hopefully, if I attend Sunday’s game, it will end on a better note!

I think it was Star Wars night?

Dolphin Stadium: I think it was Star Wars night?

My boys warming up before the game

My boys warming up before the game

Cody Ross in center field

Cody Ross in center field

Cody and Josh Willingham

Cody and Josh Willingham

J.J. having yet another amazing outing

J.J. having yet another amazing outing

Dan Uggla at 2nd and Jim Edmonds up to bat

Dan Uggla at 2nd and Jim Edmonds up to bat

Ryan Theriot thinking of stealing 2nd

Ryan Theriot thinking of stealing 2nd

A swing and a miss. J.J. is awesome

A swing and a miss. J.J. is awesome

Billy The Marlin and The Manatees as the Blues Brothers

Billy The Marlin and The Manatees as the Blues Brothers

Where did my $7.00 beer go?

Where did my $7.00 beer go?

The Manatees doing their little dance

The Manatees doing their little dance

A drunk Cubs fan being escorted out of the stadium by numerous police officers

A drunk Cubs fan being escorted out of the stadium by numerous police officers

The Cubs dugout

The Cubs dugout

The Marlins dugout

The Marlins dugout

The FSN camera guy!

The FSN camera guy!

This picture wasnt taken for DeRosa, it was taken because of the background. The Cubs 1908 team and the goat. haha

This picture wasn't taken for DeRosa, it was taken because of the background. The Cubs 1908 team and the goat. haha

Reed Johnson

Reed Johnson

Jeremy Hermida up to bat

Jeremy Hermida up to bat

Jorge Cantu up to bat

Jorge Cantu up to bat

My cousin and I

My cousin and I

My cousin, her husband, and my cousins friend Agnus

My cousin, her husband, and my cousin's friend Agnus

Fukodome

Fukodome

Kevin Gregg effin up the game

Kevin Gregg effin' up the game

The hubby with the ball he caught while I was getting beer! Damn!

The hubby with the ball he caught while I was getting beer! Damn!

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Manny Being Marlin

I’ve always been the one to tell the Florida Marlins fans that not getting Manny Ramirez was a good thing. That Manny would have been bad for morale and a tumor that would have disgraced our team and slowly caused their demise. Okay, I’ll sadly admit I was wrong. Manny is baseball’s greatest cancer, but look at what he has done for the LA Dodgers. The Dodgers are in 1st place and they just swept the Phillies. And plus, Manny can answer the phone in Spanish. That’s an added benefit.

I’m really regretting not being able to get Manny. Damn Marlins. 😦

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I Cursed Logan Morrison

I’m not big on baseball superstitions. I don’t believe that talking to a pitcher before his start will jinx him, I don’t believe that stepping on the foul line when taking the field will bring bad luck, and I certainly don’t believe that tapping your head, shoulders, and elbows 15 times like Nomar Garciaparra does will bring you good luck. But, I now believe that telling a player you are sometimes considered to be good luck may cause him and his entire team to have a really bad game and lose.

The Jupiter Hammerheads suffered the wrath of The Infamous Tatiana because unfortunately, I experienced this first hand during Saturday’s game at Roger Dean Stadium when Logan Morrison was kind enough to pose for a photo with me and I smiled and told him that people have told me that I can sometimes be good luck. Bad move. Did I mention I was only good luck for major league teams? Ouch….

Logan, along with most of his team, went 0-4 that evening. The only run scored that night was a single HR by the DH. I must have even cursed the short stop because any ball that came remotely near him, he missed by a long shot.

After the game, I hid behind my hand bag in terror as Vasili Spanos threw things around in the dug out and as Greg Burns and Logan Morrison hung their heads down low in shame and disappointment. * Sticks foot in mouth. * I thought I was being funny and clever because I made Logan smile and I think I secretly boosted his confidence. Sadly, all I did was curse him and his team mates.

I probably won’t be returning to Jupiter anytime soon… at least not with out changing my identity first.

Greg Burns and Logan Morrison sitting in disappointment. Thanks to me.
Greg Burns and Logan Morrison sitting in disappointment. 

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Chasing Miller Finally Ends In Success

Well, after one failed attempt ending in heartbreak, this weekend’s attempt at chasing Andrew Miller ended in success. Andrew Miller is by far the coolest player I have ever met. He is kind, warm hearted, considerate, and really cares about his fans.

We left our home Saturday afternoon at exactly four o’ clock pm. We arrived at Roger Dean Stadium precisely one hour later. I left Mario at the front to buy tickets while I went to park the car. As I was leaving my car, I saw a black Lexus in the player parking lot that they didn’t even manufacture anymore. I knew it was Andrew Miller. I reached into my trunk, got my poster, and ran like a 5 year old girl to the entrance of the stadium.

When we went inside, the anticipation of finally seeing Andrew was killing me. With every head that emerged from the Jupiter Hammerhead’s team entrance, I looked at Mario and said, “Is that Andrew?”. I was nearly banished to the car because I was so excited.

Finally, I saw a tall lanky figure emerge from behind the gates. He took long slow steps to the field. My heart sank and then I began to feel faint. It was Andrew. My heart began to pound uncontrollably. ‘Pull yourself together, Tatiana’, I thought to myself. ‘You aren’t a 13 yr old girl at a Backstreet Boys concert’. Mario elbowed me and brought me back down to reality. “Hold up your sign!” I reached for my sign and waved it around like a fool. Andrew looked over and gave us his famous ear to ear grin.

Andrew began to warm up as his other teammates continued to pour out of the Marlins clubhouse. I was having a hard time regaining composure. I haven’t felt that way since I was a 10 year old girl at the Spice Girls concert. “Tatiana, try to get a few photos. Here comes Greg and Logan.” I put on a smile and requested a couple of photos before the game began. As always, the players were very kind and generous.

The game began, Miller pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up one home run. The teams were tied when Andrew exited the game, but it didn’t take long for the Palm Beach Cardinals to take the lead and eventually win the game. I am almost positive they would have one if it wasn’t for their short stop, Smelin Perez who was truly stinkin’ up the place that night.

Prior to the game being over, Mario and I exited the stadium and waited by the player parking lot in hopes that we would get to see Andrew one more time. We waited a few minutes and out came a sweaty Andrew Miller with crazy looking hair. He signed a few autos for other fans and posed for a photo for us. He even seemed both amazed and grateful when I told him we drove 70 miles just come see him. Andrew is definitely a class act and deserves nothing but the best. I wish him a speedy recovery so that he can come back to the Marlins at 100% and give us his all.

Thank you, Andrew, for not disappointing your fan club. 🙂

OMG! OMG! Its Andrew!

OMG! OMG! It's Andrew!

He didnt waste anytime!

He didn't waste anytime!

Greg Burns and I

Greg Burns and I

Logan Morrison and I

Logan Morrison and I

Vasili Spanos will kick your ass.

Vasili Spanos will kick your ass.

The wind up

The wind up.

The release.

The release.

Some guy on the Palm Beach Cardinals

Some guy on the Palm Beach Cardinals.

The Cardinal and I

The Cardinal and I.

Waiting outside for Andrew.

Waiting outside for Andrew.

) Check out the height difference! And I am 59!

Andrew and I. 🙂 Check out the height difference! And I am 5'9!

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