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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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Top 5 Dumb Things Baseball Fans Go Nutty Over

There are a few things at every baseball game that the crowd goes absolutely nuts for, below I have compiled a list of 5 things that baseball fans go absolutely nutty over.

5. The wave.

The wave is said to have been created at a hockey game in Canada in the year 1980, but was more widely introduced at a Major League baseball game in Oakland in the year 1981. Ever since then, I have had to deal with these nutty saps get up and throw their hands in the air for 3.5 seconds. If you’ll excuse me, I am going to opt to sit my ass down while holding my $7.00 beer and let the rich guys on the field do all the crazy movements.

4. Being on the big screen.

It’s the kiss cam, the ‘show me your muscles’ cam; it’s my worst enemy. Watching as the entire stadium goes berserk for their 15 seconds of fame within the stadium walls really grinds my gears. Some one let me know when they come up with a ‘punch the person sitting next to you in the face’ cam.

3. Any sort of give away.

Okay. I have to admit that I even get excited for this one. C’mon guys, why go out and spend $50.00 on a hat to show team spirit when the Pineapple Children’s hospital has sponsored one at this weekend’s giveaway!

2. The t-shirt launch.

The ones that usually become the most frenzied over the t-shirt launch are the saps that are sitting in the upper deck. Keep in mind, people, the cannon was not designed to launch bombs in Iraq, and if you are unfortunate enough to have the cheerleaders tossing the shirts, I wouldn’t hold my breath for one.

1. Getting a foul ball from the bat boy.

I can understand diving over numerous fans to catch an actual foul ball, but yelling at a 9 yr old bat boy and begging him for a ball he snagged up off the field just doesn’t make sense to me. Especially when the person that does actually get the ball from the bat boy turns around to the crowd behind him and waves the ball in the air with victory. Dude, Albert Pujols didn’t toss the ball to you… a nameless 9 yr old did.

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Cardinals Take It In Their PUJOLS!

But they won’t be for at least 15 days. Today Albert Pujols was put on the 15-day DL for a sprained left calf. Pujols received the injury on June 3rd in a game against the Washington Nationals, but stayed in the line up until yesterday, when he made the injury worse during the 7th inning against the Cincy Reds, where he then left the game. The moment happened when Pujols reached out on a pitch and hit a grounder to first. He began to run to first, but after only taking several steps he fell to the ground clutching his left ankle. Pujols received an MRI today which indicated that the muscle was stretched with minor tears in the muscle fiber. Albert will begin physical therapy within the next 3 days to help get him ready. This absence will leave the Cardinals with out their most threatening hitter. “The Machine” leads St.Louis with a .347 BA, 16 home runs, and 42 RBI. Bet they can’t wait to take it in the Pujols now!

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The Return of The Infamous Tatiana

Just as I was going to give up on my collection, maybe my love for baseball in general, I stumbled upon a few images at http://www.deviantart.com which really got me to think. This is ridiculous. Really. I don’t love baseball because of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, or Albert Pujols. I love these players because of this magical game of baseball. These men aren’t what defines this game. They just play it. So, who cares if a few of them are pr*cks every now and then? I’m in it for the game. The atmosphere. The food. 😉
I am still feeling a bit low about my experience last week, so I have decided only to increase my Jeter collections through trades and hand outs. I’m not going to bid randomly on Ebay anymore, or stalk comic shops for any singles of Jeter. I am going to enjoy the cards that I already have because they are mine, and let’s face it, some of them are pretty damn cool! I am not going to find a replacement player to collect. Jeter will always be my player.
When I asked Mario how he could stay so committed to a player that he not only knew was a complete jerk,  but a cheater as well; he told me, “I kept collecting because it was something that I began and I knew I had to finish. And even though I knew he was a pr*ck, he was a good player. I took a break from collecting for about 5 years, but I held on to my faith and began collecting again. I kept my faith, and when I finally met him, I was glad that I did.” If Mario can have faith and stand by a man he knows is no good (on so many different levels), then I am thinking I should give Jeter another chance(still on time out from purchasing, but definitely open to trades!). Who knows, maybe all I need to do is be alone with Jeter to see what Mario was able to see in Jose.
I’m not sure if that time will ever come, but all I really have to do is just have faith.

Now, with all that being said, here are my newest additions. It’s been awhile so please forgive me, I have forgotten who they are from, but I know most are from a trade, a few are from Ebay, and the latest Star Quest is from Officer27$. Thanks, everyone!

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