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Florida Marlins vs. Albert Pujols and the St.Louis Cardinals

After having been completely spoiled at the Florida Marlins Fan Fest and the pre spring training practice at Roger Dean Stadium, I have to admit that I was definitely looking forward to today. Not because I was craving more autographs, but because I have been fortunate enough to meet every player on the Florida Marlins and feel like I know each and every one of them. At this point, they feel more like my buddies than players, and while the attitudes displayed today were more those of a professional ball player, the great memories that have been had at those last two events will forever out shine any instance of arrogance or having a chip on their shoulder.
Each and every one of our players are beyond grateful to be playing on that field and it clearly shows through their kindness and generosity.
However, after 3 losses thus far in Spring Training, it was quite evident that some egos had been bruised and some spirits were low. This did slightly affect the number of autos to be had, but did not take away from the game or fun loving atmosphere.

Today began like any other day for us. We rose early, hit the road for our 75 mile drive, and as usual, we were the first to arrive. I was eager to see all of the familiar faces and I was also dying to see the famous Albert Pujols. Everyone I had ever spoken to about him commented on his out of this world stature. A friend of mine even said that upon meeting Pujols, he saw that one of Pujols thighs was as large in thickness as my friend’s waist! I was terrified, but wanted to see the giant for myself. Upon seeing him today, I was shocked. His pants hung loosely around his legs and his once enormous muscles were no longer protruding from his jersey. It appears as though our friend recently lost a significant amount of weight. What ever could have made him lose all of that weight and muscle mass? A little odd, no?

After waiting for what seemed to have been a couple of hours, our friendly Florida Marlins emerged from behind the gates and I was thoroughly relieved. I had no desire in gawking at the Cardinal players like everyone else did, I was more interested in greeting my favorite players. Cody Ross, John Baker, Dan Uggla, Andrew Miller, Gaby Sanchez, and yes, even Hanley Ramirez were all as wonderful as ever. It is always a pleasure with these guys.

The game began, a few homers were hit, a few runs scored,  a few errors were made, and unfortunately my Marlins lost the game, but it was still as fun and exciting as it always is and that is what makes it worth going. After the game, many players dispersed the field with anger in their eyes. Even Dan Uggla left the field with a solemn look on his face, but not before he stopped to give two of his bats away to two little boys. We exited quietly with out requesting anything from any players. We understand what it must feel like to the players after a loss. After all, I am a die hard baseball fan and I feel every emotion with the players, from the joy expressed when a player scores a run to the agony felt after an excruciating loss.

As always, attending the games, capturing terrific photography(wish I was able to get more!), and experiencing these memorable moments is always a pleasure. Look out for next week’s game where I will be taking Mario to Jupiter to watch the Marlins take on the Orioles for his birthday!

My buddy, Fred, isnt too fond of tobacco. Can ya blame him?

My buddy, Fred, isn't too fond of tobacco. Can ya blame him?

Albert Pujols hocking a loogie. Eww....

Albert Pujols hocking a loogie. Eww....

Junior and Senior.

Junior and Senior.

St.Louis Cardinal pitcher, Kyle McClellan

St.Louis Cardinal pitcher, Kyle McClellan

Andrew Miller may not have been feeling it today, but he still looked great!

Andrew Miller may not have been feeling it today, but he still looked great!

Jeremy Hermida hasnt been having much luck on the field as of late...

Jeremy Hermida hasn't been having much luck on the field as of late...

But he is on FIRE at the plate! (this was the home run swing!)

But he is on FIRE at the plate! (this was the home run swing!)

Brett Hayes enjoying the scenery.

Brett Hayes enjoying the scenery.

Hayes getting to work.

Hayes getting to work.

Brett Hayes

Brett Hayes

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Hanley Ramirez Makes Contract Official

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


My competition!


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)

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Dan Uggla: The Modern Day Popeye

“And his name is DAN UGGLA!”

If you’ve ever gotten a close look at Dan Uggla, you can definitely tell that he ate his greens as a child! Even Alfredo Amezaga nick named the Florida Marlins slugger as “Popeye” while reading the line up about a week and a half ago in spanish. While we Floridians know what Dan Uggla is capable of, and while many of you have been able to see what this 5’11- 200lb homerun fiend has been able to produce, there are still many in this world that have not a clue who Dan Uggla is.
Dan Uggla truly is the modern day Popeye. With a small frame and enormous forearms, our hometown hero’s uncanny resemblance goes far beyond the physical. Like Popeye, Uggla is sometimes strange, comical, and may sometimes appear to have supernatural powers. (How can such a small man hit a ball so hard?!) Popeye is depicted as having superhuman strength and it is obvious when Uggla hits the ball that he too, shares that very characteristic. Must be the spinach!
Aside from almost being confused for Popeye’s twin brother, who is the man behind the iron swing? Who is Dan Uggla? Dan Uggla was born “Dan Cooley Uggla” (one hell of a name!) on March 11, 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky. Uggla graduated from high school in 1998 and attended the University of Memphis immediately after. After his junior season of playing ball on campus, he was named an All American by Baseball America, Baseball Weekly, and Collegiate Baseball. Uggla was then drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and spent nearly 5 years in the Diamondback organization prior to being reeled in by the fish as a Rule 5 pick. Dan Uggla has been a part of the Florida Marlins roster since 2005 and played his first game with the fish in the 2006 season.
During his first season with the Florida Marlins, Uggla had a .282 batting average, 27 home runs, and 90 RBI. In 2007, he had more home runs, but a lower BA and a lower RBI. Now in 2008, Uggla is off to an amazing start. He went through a rough patch early on, but Uggla is now batting .299 with 29 RBI and 12 HR, one of which was his first career grand slam! I look forward to watching Uggla continue to succeed and raise his numbers through out the year! AND HIS NAME IS DAN UGGLA– NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH POPEYE! 🙂


*FUN FACT*: Dan Uggla’s last name means ‘owl’ in Swedish

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