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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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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

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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!

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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.

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New York Yankees: The Fall From Grace

I can remember a time when the New York Yankees were the Kings of Baseball and it seemed that no other team could ever win the World Series. That certainly doesn’t appear to be the case this year, and hasn’t really been the case since the year 2000. I’m not sure why the Yankees haven’t been holding up the way they used to. This year, they have been in last place for practically the entire season. What happened? Perhaps the enormous salaries are finally getting to their heads and not allowing them to perform properly, or maybe the thought of losing their beloved Yankee Stadium after this season has most players feeling too depressed to function. Whatever the case may be, I can’t help but to think of the New York Yankees whenever the song Viva La Vida by Cold Play blares through my car speakers. And hush… I’m a girl, so it’s cool if I listen to that crap! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’d be nice if the Yankees could pull through and make it to at lest second or third in the AL East, but we are mid season already and things aren’t looking so good.

LYRICS TO VIVA LA VIDA

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sweep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing:
“Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
Once you go there was never, never an honest word
That was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in.
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can’t explain
I know Saint Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

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Wrigley Field and The Chicago Cubs

As all of you probably know by now, I attended a game on May 26th, Memorial Day, at Wrigley Field. Cubs vs. Dodgers. I know it’s a few days later and I should have posted about it that same day or the very next day at the most, but I decided to go completely blond after the ball game, and well yesterday I got home WAY past my bed time due to the fact that Spirit Airlines wanted to delay my flight a few hours. So here we go, I will finally tell you what I thought of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs…. It was AWESOME! The day couldn’t have been anymore perfect! Sure, I had a cold due to the fluctuating weather conditions, but the day of the game was beautiful. No clouds, all sun, and 80 degree weather!
The day started with my cousin picking me up at the hotel and taking me to the station. We took the train (so cool) and then the bus the rest of the way. I am glad we didn’t try to park over there. There were thousands of cars and parking was beyond expensive. Even McDonald’s and Taco Bell whored out their parking to make a profit!
Once we arrived and got off the bus, all I saw was red, white, and blue. There were Cubbie fans EVERYWHERE! It was a mob! My cousin then tugged on my shirt and told me to turn around. My eyes widened, my mouth dropped, and as pathetic as this may sound, tears began to well up in my eyes. It was beautiful. Wrigley Field was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I couldn’t believe I was standing in front of this stunning piece of history, and even more, I couldn’t believe all the people that were there!
I began to do some shopping, snapped a photo with a Cub, and then made my way inside the stadium with my cousin. Even with 1 1/2 hours before the game was to begin, the stadium was already beginning to fill up. The bleachers were already packed by the time I reached my seat. I continued to look around and soak it all in. My cousin babbled on about how old and “rinky dinky” the stadium is. “We don’t even have an electric score board. It’s some guy that changes the numbers.” I thought that was the coolest thing, of course. Sure the stadium is old and may not be ‘high tech’, but this stadium holds glorious memories that are worth so much more. This stadium was so gorgeous, I would move to Chicago simply to go to games there.
As I continued to stare in awe, ‘God Bless America’ and ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ both blared from an organ and were sung and an American Eagle flew around the stadium.
The game then began and the first inning alone was enough to make me happy. Derek Lee hit a two run homer and Juan Pierre of the LA Dodgers ran like a little boy in between third and home plate and eventually accepted that he was out. I couldn’t help but chuckle during that play. Dempster then gave up a run scoring single to Pierre, but Aramis Ramirez hit one in the eighth that won the game for the Cubs, 3-1. The excitement lasted all throughout the game. There was never a dull moment. The $120.00 I spent on the tickets and then the $80.00+ spent on food and souvenirs were all very well worth it. I am hoping to come up to Chicago one more time before the end of the season, but if monetary issues do get in the way (as they typically do) I will definitely make a trip up for next season, and next time I will attend a Cubs and White Sox game. ๐Ÿ™‚


Waiting for the train


Here it comes!


Mr. Cub and I


Wow. Just wow.


The view from our seats. Not too shabby. I was very pleased. ๐Ÿ™‚


Still a good hour before the game and already more attendance than a typical Marlins game.


Hey, how’s it going? ๐Ÿ™‚


They were fans when the Cubs last won the World Series…. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Juan Pierre doing a little dance. Thriller?


The surrounding buildings even have bleachers! And they are full!


Sportin’ the groovy Cubs hat I purchased only minutes before.


The American Bald Eagle flying.


Landed.


Hey, Marlins fans! Eat your hearts out! This is what a real attendance looks like!
Think we can accomplish this sometime? 41,000+!!!!!!!!!!!!!


My cousin and I right before the game began. Go Cubbies!


Derek Lee right about to homer!

Dempster pitching.


Juan Pierre


He had an itch….


Fukodome!


Kerry Wood doin’ what he do!


#7 James Loney up to bat. All eyes are on him!


Yep. We won! Am I a good luck charm or what?!?! ๐Ÿ™‚


The Cubbie drummer boys!


Someone thought it would be funny to put a beer in Harry Caray’s hand.
Not too amusing since he was an alcoholic. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

All apologies for not posting any sooner, but here is the outcome of my dye job!:


As a blond. A golden blond. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks to Chicago for being so incredibly amazing. You will always be home. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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The Infamous Tatiana In The Windy City

Hey Everyone,

The Infamous Tatiana here. I am officially in the windy city and it is wonderful! I am convinced that this is the land of baseball. In the airport alone, 35% of the travelers on my planeย were wearing a Cubbies shirt/ jersey; not to mention the 5 people at the Avis car rental! It may be the fact that I am originally from here, but I feel like I belong! The Infamous Tatiana and family moving up north to baseball central? It’s an idea! The baseball fan base here is 5 times larger than the one in Florida! The Marlins are hot right now and the fan base is nonexistent. It’s ridiculous.
Marlins fans, shape up! Don’t do what you did in 1997 and 2003. Don’t just magically appear when they win the world series!

Just a warning, my posts may be shorter while I am here. I am using a laptop and it is ridiculous. That and I am working with Vista. I am hanging myself as I type.ย I do have family with desktops, however, so maybeย I will be lucky and later today I will get to write about how Andrew Miller shut down the Diamondbacks! GOOOO MARLINS!

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