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The Florida Marlins Come Through

The Marlins season is now officially over. The Marlins had a wonderful year, and despite not making it to the post season, I take pride in the fact that they exceeded everyone’s expectations and were able to come through in the very end. I’m not going to lie, I am slightly disappointed, but I look forward to coming in to my office Monday morning and seeing the looks on the faces of the handful of Mets fans.

I am not one to gloat or be boastful, but it will be a nice feeling to smile in the faces of those that tormented me everyday for 6 months for supporting my team. With each day that passed, I would sit humbly at my desk and pray that my Marlins continue to do well, as the “typical” Mets fan would walk around the office with their heads held high in arrogance. However, that didn’t start until the Mets got rid of their good for nothing manager and replaced him with Jerry Manuel, who did an excellent job as manager, but let’s not forget how poorly the Mets did at the start of the season.

To be fair, I will give the Mets credit for succeeding in possibly one of the greatest turn arounds. They worked very hard to climb back up to the top and while the team may have deserved to make it to the post season, their majority of unruly fans did not deserve that pleasure. I pity the Mets because it is a shame that a team with that much talent can still get booed for the smallest mistake at the drop of a dime. The Marlins may not have the strongest backing of fans, but I would rather have no one supporting me than a pack of wolves. And please understand, I know not all New York Mets fans behave in this way. I am just sick of people like this and this. The obnoxious troll like fans that have claimed to be “so much better” than me have now been silenced. For the genuine and sincere Mets fans, such as MetsManiacinNH, you have my sincere condolences. Better luck next year for your team and mine.

The Marlins celebrating their 4-2 win against the Mets

The Marlins celebrating their 4-2 win against the Mets

The New York Mets not hiding their disappointment after their loss to the Marlins

The New York Mets not hiding their disappointment after their loss to the Marlins

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Sarah Palin Likes Baseball… and Guns

Sarah Palin is pretty hard to get an interview with. It may have something to do with her not wanting to talk about her pregnant 17 yr old daughter and her recent extra marital affair… allegedly, or maybe just the simple fact that she is the vice president nominee. Whatever the case may be, this lucky and unprofessional brodcaster for a summer collegiate baseball team in Alaska was fortunate enough to score an interview with Sarah. Fine. The interview was shot during the days when she was simply just known as the “hottest female governor” and not the VP nominee, but the interview is still worth a listen due to the fact that Mrs. Palin expresses her love for sports and nature. Plus, hearing her nervous laugh when she is asked “off the record” which ‘policitian she has most wanted to shoot’ is absolutely priceless. Ah, being part of the N.R.A. is fun.

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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

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CONTEST!

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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Ozzie or Jose: Which is the better twin?

 

From an athletic stand point, I think we can all agree that Jose is just a bit better than Ozzie. He’s the original ‘Mr. 40/40’ for goodness sakes! But, the question I pose goes much deeper than that. Which one is the better twin as a whole? Which one is the better role model? Which one is truly genuine and down to earth?
As most of us know, both boys have had run ins with the law, but think of it this way, none of us are perfect and we all make stupid mistakes. I went through a rebellious stage myself when I was younger, and I did all sorts of things from trying numerous drugs to stealing random products from stores. Hell, I even broke a couple of noses when I was in high school!
Personally, I think Ozzie would be the better role model here. While both men got in their share of trouble with the law and in their careers, I think Ozzie took things a bit better. Not to mention, Ozzie seems much friendlier on a regular basis and smiles a lot more. A friendly and positive Canseco, is the good example.
Now, which Canseco is the genuine and down to earth Canseco? While meeting Jose the other night, I couldn’t help but think, “Is he being so kind because we are so close to his books release date?”. After convincing myself that it wasn’t the case, I fell in love with who Jose was; but don’t think he stole my vote there. Ozzie has been amazing since the day I froze in front of him while I attempted to ask for an autograph. He greets me at every game we attend and he always flashes a smile our way. While both of these men genuinely love the sport of baseball, I can’t help but feel that Jose is in it for the fame, while Ozzie is in it for that feeling he gets when he sends one flying over the fence.
After seeing both men now, Ozzie looks young and refreshed. He is in amazing shape! While Jose looks rugged and aged; don’t get me wrong, he does have a killer body, but I think the stress and rejection of the world hit him a little harder. It’s tough being at the top one minute and then being slammed to the bottom the next. Being black balled from something you love can never be easy. Please don’t misunderstand, I know that Ozzie wasn’t given much of a chance during his career and he shared a relationship with Jose and baseball, much like Eli Manning shared a relationship with Peyton and football. I understand that it is hard to shine when you are being overshadowed by a sibling.
This is part of the reason that I believe Ozzie is the better twin. Ozzie wasn’t given a chance by anyone and while it pains him, I’m sure, he takes it with a grain of salt. I will never forget what Ozzie said the first time we met. Mario had told him that it wasn’t fair that the St.Louis Cardinals never gave him a chance. Ozzie simply shrugged and said, “Hey, that’s life!”. It was amazing to me and it made me respect him, a lot. While a tad aloof, he is such a friendly and sincere guy. He is truly appreciative of things and is very committed and optimistic, where as Jose has this attitude of resenting the world for the way his career ended.
So, who is the better twin in my opinion? As tough as it is, and it really is tough, because while I managed to point out all of Jose’s flaws, I really have come to like him, too. As tough as it is, for me, it would have to be Ozzie. He is in such a consistent good mood. He truly inspires me. I love watching him play because it motivates me and encourages me. It shows me that I should never give up on something that I love. Speaking to him and seeing his appreciation for our support…. Seeing him crack a smile when I gave him a Heavenly Vixen card. Ozzie is what it’s all about. A sincere man and his love for the sport. Ozzie, thanks for being you.


Winner: Ozzie Canseco

 

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A League Of Their Own.

Baseball is a game of history. It’s a game played by many and loved by most. I find it practically impossible to watch a game with out being reminded of a player whose deeds have never been equaled, and whose name is never forgotten long after he is gone. He is the noun mainly used when discussing this sport. The majority of the names and records in baseball have been set by men. It is largely considered a man’s game, but lets take a look into our past.

In 1875, women who were paid to play baseball competed in their first game. In that era, an American woman could not vote, could not own property in her own name after marriage; she couldn’t do much of anything, but she could play ball… in an outfit that weighed as much as 30lbs and included a skirt that touched her toes, an underskirt, a long sleeved and high necked blouse, and high button shoes. Talk about a uniform!

Amelia Bloomer designed and wore the loose fitting trouser uniforms that replaced the unreasonable ones mentioned before, and before you know it many abandoned those for a standard baseball uniform. In the 1890’s, hundreds of “Bloomer Girls” teams were formed all over the country and offered employment, travel, and adventure to young women who could hit, field, slide, or catch. The Bloomer Girls teams dwindled as more and more minor league teams were formed to provide experience for young men on their climb up to the majors. Although women had been playing pro ball on the Bloomer Girls team for more than 40 yrs, in the 1930’s public opinion was that they had inferior abilities when it came to sports. Women’s professional baseball disappeared when the last of the Bloomer Girls teams disbanded in 1934.

The year 1943 now offered professional softball teams for women, but that was an entirely different game. In the 12 yrs that the league existed, it slowly evolved from softball to baseball, eventually becoming the All American Girls Baseball League. The AAGBL played its last season in 1954.

After the demise of the AAGBL, any woman that wanted to play professional baseball had to settle for softball. In 1994, exactly 40 yrs after the AAGBL folded, the Colorado Silver Bullets opened the first of their 4 seasons. There was no league, just a team of women who went barnstorming across the country, playing men’s college, amateur and semi pro teams. In 1998, Ila Borders, a pitcher for the Duluth Dukes, an independent minor league team, became the first woman to win a men’s pro game and retired from the game in 2000.

Pictured: Ila Borders throwing her killer curve ball.

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Jeter’s are a girl’s best friend!

Now, this may not be true in most girl’s cases. It usually takes a box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers, or a beautifully cut diamond to get to a girl’s heart; and while those things are rather nice… the way to my heart would be any of the Jeter’s pictured below. I am at the point where I would do ALMOST anything for a Jeter auto. I have a few base cards, a refractor, a game used… and no matter how hard I search, an auto is never at arms length for me. The ones I do find on Ebay are always $60+, and while to most that may be a reasonable price… let’s face it, people. I am a mom and a wife… 95% of my cash goes to diapers and boxes of wax to feed my husband’s addiction. For now, I will keep dreaming of a beautiful Jeter auto….
I know that none of you would know this, but I was just interrupted from my blog writing and shown something absolutely amazing. When I started writing this, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted…. Now, I want THIS.

Autos I really wanted BEFORE I paid a visit to Beckett: Official Jeter Collectors Thread:

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