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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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Madonna shags a rod?

Not just any rod, A-Rod to be exact. US Weekly is reporting that the Yankee slugger has been making late night visits to Madonna’s Central Park apartment. An annoymous source claims to have seen A-Rod sneaking out of the Pop Queen’s apartment late at night. Neither Madonna’s or A-Rod’s people are talking, so everyone is just speculating right now.
Perez Hilton of PerezHilton.com claims that sources have exclusively revealed to him that the singer and athlete are nothing more than friends and met through mutual friends. But, what is this? The Diva was reportedly spotted at one of A-Rod’s games… in his seats and A Rod was spotted at one of the singer’s concerts. Coincidence? Maybe he just loves super girly music?
Regardless, something does seem a bit off considering Madonna has always had a thing for hispanic ball players. (Did everyone forget about Jose Canseco?) But seriously, I was hoping that if A-Rod was going to score with a pop star diva, it wouldn’t have been one that was old enough to be his mother. Madonna may look good for her age, and even if A-Rod is attracted to women with muscles, you’d think he would at least be a little frightened by her. Has anyone seen this woman’s arms lately?!?!
Ah well, at least we now have a reason as to why Madonna’s marriage is on the fritz.

Steroids?

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Clemens Admits To “Mistakes”

After all the articles the media has spit out about him over the last few weeks, Clemens finally breaks his silence and gives the people a little something to work with. Sadly, Clemens denies any truth in either allegation against him. He denies ever using steroids or HGH and also denies having a sexual affair with an underage teen. But, if what he says is true, then why apologize? “Even though these articles contain many false accusations and mistakes, I need to say that I have made mistakes in my personal life for which I am sorry. I have apologized to my family and apologize to my fans. Like everyone, I have flaws. I have sometimes made choices which have not been right.”
Well, Mr. Clemens, what on earth could you possibly have to apologize for if these “accusations” are false? It may just be my opinion, but I think Roger here is jerking us around. C’mon Roger, it’s okay to admit that you used some ‘roids. Practically anyone that ever had talent did. And sure, having sexual affairs with a minor is considered molestation and rape, but truly, what’s the worst that could happen? You have already lost most respect from people in the MLB and even your fans. Your credibility has deteriorated. Why keep up all the lies?
“I think what it says without saying it is that he apparently admits he cheated on his wife and family. And if he cheated on them, I think it’s reasonable to assume that he cheated his fans and baseball,” Richard Emery, one of McNamee’s lawyers. (For those of you living under a rock, that’s the guy that outed Clemens for steroid usage.) Okay, well fine. That answers my previous question. Ah, but wait…. “I think this is all very probative of his behavior and his penchant for denying the truth, and it certainly will come into play in the defamation lawsuit. He certainly doesn’t deserve to be compensated for loss of reputation when his reputation, to the extent he ever had it, of being a family man, was totally false and built on a house of cards, a tissue of lies, if you will.”
Clemens, I think it’s about time you let the cat out of the bag, people are starting to catch on….

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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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Roger Maris: Why Didn’t America Have Room In Their Hearts For More Than Just One Hero?

After watching the movie ’61*’ for the first time this evening, I have to say, I have never felt more anger towards Babe Ruth or his b*tch of a wife. (Yeah, say what you want. Her character in the movie was a… well, I can’t even say it! 😦 ) Nor have I ever hated Yankee fans more than I do now, and I am a HUGE Jeter fan.
I realize that a few people stumble upon this site looking for entertainment, or maybe even pornography (my name is a magnet for that sort of thing… sadly). So, for those of you that have no idea who Roger Maris is, let me give you a brief summary.

Roger Eugene Maris was born September 10, 1934 and sadly, died December 14, 1985. He was an American League right fielder in Major League Baseball who is primarily remembered for breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record in 1961, a record that would stand for 37 years. And a record that was sadly broken by two not so deserving ball players, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Both were on steroids when they broke that record,(ALLEGEDLY!) and while steroids do not improve the way you hit the ball, it does improve strength and gives a tremendous boost of confidence, knowing that you are better than the guy before you does that, but Maris did it with out that extra boost. Maris did it against all odds. Maris reached his record while under the pressure of the game, fans, haters; you name it. He reached this record while all of America cheered for Mickey Mantle and cursed Maris’ name. Maris received thousands of hate mail and even experienced stress induced hair loss.

The one thing that angers me most about Roger Maris’ story, aside from the low life reporters that tarnished his image and the brain dead Yankee fans that fell for all the hype, the one thing that really angers me, is that Roger Maris beat Ruth’s record in complete fairness, and they took his success and named it as a disgrace by marking an asterisk next to it. Speaking at the 1980 All-Star game, he said of that season, “They acted as though I was doing something wrong, poisoning the record books or something. Do you know what I have to show for 61 home runs? Nothing. Exactly nothing.” Not only was he not put in the Hall of Fame, but it wasn’t until 1991 that the asterisk was removed from Maris’ record… 6 years after he died. Even though Maris’ died before the record was declared his, he knew in his heart what he had accomplished, and no one could ever take that away from him.

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Bonds wants perjury charges dismissed?

Barry Bonds’ attorneys have filed a motion in federal court to have the perjury charges against him dismissed. The charges stem from Bonds allegedly lying to a grand jury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs in December 2003. Bonds claims that questions poised to him by prosecutors were ambiguous and confusing. Prosecutors asked Bonds several times whether personal trainer Greg Anderson supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs beginning in 2000, and Bonds answered “no” or “not at all.” However, his lawyers claim that the questions were “frequently imprecise.” The indictment cites 19 different examples of Bonds’ alleged lying. The judge is scheduled to hear Bonds’ lawyers on February 29.

Jesus. Talk about lame. First he thought he could get away with taking steroids and now he thinks he can get away with lying about it while under oath. That’s ridiculous. I hated Bonds before and now I hate him even more. I loathe him. You know, I once had the displeasure of meeting him, sort of. It was August 17th 2007, my birthday. I had gotten free Marlins tickets from my job and ironically enough we were playing steroid boy’s team The San Francisco Giants. My husband and I showed up to the stadium 2 hours before the gates even opened, hoping that we could catch a glimpse of all the players practicing… and of course show off a wonderful steroid tribute poster I had made just for Barry. Sadly, I no longer have a photo of my beautiful poster, but let me give you a brief description…. Asterisk 756, syringe.

We waited outside for over an hour before they let us in, and I ran my little butt all the way to the field just to see who I would be able to meet. Barry Zito and Omar Vizquel were incredibly kind. They waved, said hello, and even signed autographs. But then Bonds arrogantly walked by and I yelled out his named. He didn’t even look at me, or anyone else that wanted his attention. He simply walked into the dug out. We called out to him a few times, but nothing. Now, some of you may think that this is newly gained arrogance, but oh no! Do not be fooled! He has always been like this and worse. Maybe he always thought he was allowed to be this way simply because he is Willie Mays godson and a distant cousin of Reggie Jackson. Correction, Mr. Bonds! You’re not allowed to be a prick simply because you are related to some one. Why couldn’t this guy just wave, say hello, sign a few autographs, or even smile for goodness sake?

Well, Mr. Bonds, I am glad you are getting your just desserts. I hope you rot in jail, if only for a little while. Say hi to Bubba for me!

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