Tag Archives: Dan Uggla

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

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under baseball, florida marlins, Photography, Real Life, Sports

As We Say Good-bye….

As we close out the season and after attending the final at home game, I am left with nothing but precious memories. I remember coming into baseball at the beginning of this season not knowing any player on the Florida Marlins aside from Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla. I remember going to the FL Marlins Fan Fest and meeting Mike Jacobs and thinking he was a scrub. “Who in the hell are these people?”, I thought to myself. Little did I know these men would become a part of me for the next 6 months. Little did I know that they would be in my living room and bedroom every evening. Little did I know that I would sacrifice so much just to be there to show them support. Little did I know that I would endure the grueling sun and suffer 3rd degree burns just to be in that stadium watching these men live out their childhood dreams.

At the beginning of the season, I had nothing but critical things to say about each player. Dan Uggla made far too many errors and I quickly began to hate him, but grew to love him despite all the “Ugglas”. Hanley Ramirez once rubbed me the wrong way. He was thought of as an arrogant womanizer, but now I can see the good in him as a player and as a person and can’t imagine the Marlins with out him. Cody Ross was a nobody that only struck out and had occasional “hot” streaks. I’d constantly ask myself why he didn’t pursue a career as a rodeo clown, and now I thank my lucky stars that he did not. I have gotten to know these men greatly in the last 6 months and now I defend them as if they were part of my bloodline. I stick by them. I rise with them in glory and I fall with them in defeat. These men that once meant nothing to me have now grown to be a part of my family and it saddens me deeply that the season is coming to a quick end.

It never once occurred to me that I would get so attached to these men. That I would get to know each one of them so well that I would grow to love them. I have experienced many tough times in the last 6 months, and I don’t think I would have coped so well if it wasn’t for my boys. Baseball is such a perfect sport. It is about precision, technique, skill, dedication, and sometimes about luck. But baseball becomes a beautiful game when you have an amazing group of guys teamed up together with all odds against them and watch as the battle, persevere, and succeed.

Last Sunday, I went to the final Marlins home game, despite the guaranteed humidity and the intense hangover I was battling. I sat in those neon orange seats and watched as the big screen played an over view of the season high lights. Every successful moment rolled on that screen and with it the tears came rolling down my cheeks. “What a heck of a team.” I thought. Okay, so we aren’t going to make it to the post season, but we exceeded everyone’s expectations and being able to show your greatness through all the negativity and pessimism means more to me than winning some stupid trophy and ring.

I can only pray that next season each and every one of these men that I cheered for, cried for, fought for, and broke my remote for will return. It’s been one heck of a season, Marlins. Thank you for every second of it.

Sincerely,
The Infamous Tatiana

1 Comment

Filed under baseball, Real Life, Sports

It Ain’t Over ‘Til The Fat Lady Sings

And that poor fat lady must be tied up in a closet somewhere because it is far from over for the Florida Marlins! A few weeks ago, the word ‘postseason’ was out of the Marlins vocabulary, but after tonight’s 9th straight win, it is evident that the Marlins still have a chance at the World Series.

With hot bats, great defense, and fresh players, the Marlins have every chance to make it in the race in the NL East. This evening’s game began a little rocky for pitcher, Josh Johnson, but you would’ve never been able to tell with the Marlins hot bats. Dan Uggla blasted a two run dinger in the first, Amezaga shot a 3 run homer to right field in the 5th, and Cantu added his 29th to his HR counter in the 8th. With help from every player on the team, including the newest addition Cameron Maybin who has gotten 8 consecutive hits at bat, the Marlins defeated the Phillies 14-2.

Hopefully the Marlins can keep on doing what they are doing and reclaim their spot at first in the NL East and make it to the play offs! Good luck, boys!

Winning pitcher, Josh Johnson (10-1)

Winning pitcher, Josh Johnson (6-1)

Leave a comment

Filed under baseball, Real Life, Sports

Marlins Make History

Last night, the Florida Marlins became the first team in history to have all four infielders with at least 25 home runs. Jorge Cantu was the one to set history last night with his 25th homer. Cantu joins first baseman Mike Jacobs(32), second baseman Dan Uggla(30), and short stop Hanley Ramirez(29).

Of all the great infields in the history of the league, the Marlins achieved the feat with a relatively young infield. Cantu, 26, is in his fourth season, while Ramirez ,24, Uggla, 28 and Jacobs, 27, are all in their third, full big league seasons.

Hopefully, our boys will be recognized in the Hall of Fame somehow. The foursome has already taken some photos together in anticipation of the feat. Dan Uggla hopes to get a photo to recognize their acheivement, while Cantu hopes to take home the ball.

Congratulations, boys!

2 Comments

Filed under baseball, Real Life, Sports

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!

10 Comments

Filed under baseball, Real Life, Sports

Instant Replay: Yay or Nay?

I’m sure at some point this season alone, your team has some how been affected by a bad call. Some of you have been lucky and your team recovered from that bad call, but unfortunately for some that single bad call is what cost your team that game. Whether it’s calling a ball a strike, a strike a ball, or even considering a ball going into foul territory is a home run, I believe instant replay would be beneficial.

It seems as though that the only people that are against instant replay is the 70 year old baseball commissioner and his 60 year old minions that believe change is a horrible thing, unless of course it is time to change their Depends.

If there were ever a time for instant replay, it would be now. We are in August. These games determine who goes to the post season, and who doesn’t make it. Last night, a bad call from the umpire landed the Phillies a 2-run home run hit by Shane Victorino. While some of the fans knew it was a foul ball, most of the stadium, as well as Victorino, tried to play it off as a home run. And while the Marlins still won (8-2), it angers me that this ridiculous call could have really affected us.

I don’t think ANYONE wants mistakes like that being made in the post season.

So, what’s your opinion? Yay to instant replay, or nay?

Forget new stadiums, this is what we really need in baseball.

Forget new stadiums, this is what we really need in baseball.

9 Comments

Filed under baseball, Real Life, Sports

Florida Marlins Vs. Colorado Rockies

Some one told me today that I go to way too many baseball games. And while I have been to at least 15 major league games this season, I completely disagree. I live for baseball. I don’t go through the week counting down the days for the weekend because I want to go clubbing, I count down the days because I can’t wait to get back into that stadium. I live for the smell of sweat and stale beer. The blinding sun thrills me. The crack of the bat and the screams of the fans is what I can’t wait for.

Yesterday, my love for Andrew Miller made me drive 70 miles North to Jupiter, FL just to catch a glimpse of him pitching. And while he wasn’t there, it was my dedication to the game that made me turn back around and drive nearly 100 miles South to Dolphin Stadium to watch the Marlins battle the Rockies. It is my admiration for the game that gives me the tolerance to sit in 100 degree weather for nearly 3 1/2 hours with out flinching. It is my love for the game that allows me to celebrate with my team when they are on top and die with them when they suffer an agonizing loss. I am smitten by this great game of baseball, and that is what allows me to admire an opposing team that has just defeated the men I was rooting for. It is what makes my heart flutter when Matt Holliday walks towards the gates because I know what he is capable of. Baseball is what gives me the patience to endure my everyday life, my everyday struggles, and my everyday feats. It is looking forward to that weekend game– the grunt the pitcher makes when he releases his pitch, the crack of the bat as it impacts the ball, and the roar of the crowd. This is what I live for.

So, despite the agonizing loss the Marlins were delt with yesterday, despite the fact that I disagree with nearly every decision Fredi Gonzalez made during the game, despite the fact that I feel the pain in my heart that Scott Olsen felt and probably still feels today… I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else.

Below are some photos from yesterday’s game taken by Mario. Please enjoy. 🙂

This right here is what makes me love Scott Olsen

This right here is what makes me love Scott Olsen

Matt Holliday hitting a HR

Matt Holliday showing us how he kills Marlins

The beloved Tulo giving us a lesson in swinging

The beloved Tulo giving us a lesson in swinging

Hermida had a bad outing, but I still love him

Hermida had a bad outing, but I still love him

Alfredo Amezaga- by far my favorite Marlin

Alfredo Amezaga- by far my favorite Marlin

Jorge Cantu is one amazing Mexican

Jorge Cantu is one amazing Mexican

Holding up my Andrew Miller sign

Post game: Holding up my Andrew Miller sign

Clint Barmes was surprised that all I wanted was a photo, but I think he appreciated that because he patted me on the back as he left

Clint Barmes was surprised that all I wanted was a photo, but I think he appreciated that because he patted me on the back as he left

Brad Hawpe is a great guy. Not only did he pose with me, but he joked with me as well

Brad Hawpe is a great guy. Not only did he pose with me, but he joked with me as well

Matt Holliday- Popularly known as the Marlin Killer- but he is a swell guy

Matt Holliday- Widely known as the Marlin Killer- but he is a swell guy

Marlins security gaurd and our very good friend, Mitch

Marlins security guard and our very good friend, Mitch

Leave a comment

Filed under baseball, Real Life, Sports