So last weekend I went to see some Phillies/Twins interleague play. At first I was like, “Oh boy! I am GUARANTEED to have one of my two favorite teams win each game!” Which is wonderful until I considered that in order for that to happen, one of my favorite teams would also be a guaranteed loser. *sigh* I went to last Saturday and Sunday’s games, and in both cases, the Phillies lost. But I had a grand time anyway,and here’s the proof, in pictures…
Before Saturday’s game, they had the Phillies take the field with their children to play a dads-vs-kids game. I have to say that the Hamels family is simply adorable:
And doesn’t Cole look like he really enjoys being a daddy? 🙂
While watching the Phillies families on the field, I got to meet twins backup catcher Drew Butera (who hit his first major league home run later that day, by the way!), who undoubtedly thinks I’m an idiot for not catching my baseball when he threw it back to me. Oops. 😉
Once the Phillies were off the field, I went to watch the Twins warm up. Here are Tolbert and Hudson.
And here are Morneau and Hudson.
I thought I was dreaming, but Justin Morneau came over to the fence to sign autographs!
Here I am with Morneau (well, it’s the back of my head, anyway). He was really nice and very humble. I thanked hi for having such an awesome year and told him I picked him first for my fantasy team, and he grinned and thanked me. (By the way, he has the most AMAZING blue eyes. Wow.)
The Phillies ushers were kind enough to let those of us seeking Twins autographs stay by the fence a long time. I was still down there when the national anthem was being sung. And what a view I had for the national anthem…
It was a good thing I stayed down there. After the national anthem was over, I saw Tolbert headed toward the dugout. While everyone else was yelling for Span or Cuddyer to come on over, I called out to Tolbert. I was the only one who yelled for him, and as soon as he heard his name, he looked at me, briefly conferred with a coach, and then trotted over to sign autographs–I thought that was very nice!
The next day, I went down to the fence to see who else I could meet before the game started. Here’s Morneau, Tolbert, Cuddyer and Hudson warming up.
The bullpen was also out warming up. This is Ron Mahay–I got his autograph, too.
I don’t have pictures of them, but I also got Matt Guerrier, Jesse Crain, and Scott Baker to sign my baseball. Baker totally gave me a bit of a weird look since I was wearing a Phillies shirt with a Twins hat and handed him a Phillies pen to sign with. He’s cute, so I’ll forgive him for that…although I’m not so sure I can forgive him for imploding yesterday against the Mets. (I was at yesterday’s game too, but wasn’t trying to meet anyone. I did, however, get burnt to a crisp. Hey, at least I’m Phillies red now!)
Here are the baseballs I got signed at the Phillies/Twins series. I had Morneau sign one ball, and the other 6 Twins signed the other one. Seriously, I’ve been fighting the urge to sleep with the Morneau signed ball under my pillow. 😉
The home openers for my two favorite teams (Phillies and Twins, just in case you’re new around here) were both yesterday. Since both these teams have an off day today, I’m having a little baseball withdrawal. I mean, there are games I can watch tonight (after Lost, of course–once May 23 hits, baseball takes top priority yet again, though!), but…they’re not with Phillies or Twins. Or anyone attractive, really. Actually, I might watch a bit of the Rays/Orioles game tonight–that’s definitely the most attractive matchup out there (Longoria, Bartlett, Balfour, Markakis). Not that it has much to compete with in terms of BILFiness…I mean, Mets/Rox? Oh, PLEASE–I’m not watching that until Street’s back from the DL. Reds/Marlins? No, thank you.
But I digress. I’m thrilled my two favorite teams both won their home openers (Phillies–7-4 over the Nats; Twins beat the Sawx 5-2). Not so pleased that Hamels was slightly sucktacular, and also not thrilled that Werth and Rollins are now injured. Totally happy that the Phillies have a 6-1 record, tied for best record in the National League (tied with the Giants, believe it or not…who’da thunk it?). Also thrilled with Jon Rauch, the Twins’ closer (since Nathan’s out for at least the entire season)–he’s netted me 5 saves so far for each of my fantasy teams. (On a related note? Tattoos are sexy. Moving on…)
In related but completely unsurprising news, I really need to get my butt to Target Field at some point. I have no interest in the walleye-on-a-stick, but watching Mauer hit a home run while I snack on some good ol’ midwestern cheese curds sounds like an absolutely grand time to me! And speaking of Mauer, I watched his Homecoming episode on ESPN last night and absolutely loved it. Mauer seems so sweet and charming! I’ve also heard that he answers all his fan mail himself, so I’m going to have to come up with something clever to write to him. (No, it won’t be “Marry me, Mauer”–that’s so overdone.) Take a little peek at Mauer’s Homecoming episode by clicking here. If you aren’t totally charmed by him…well, you’re probably just not human!
Too much baseball stuff to read about–and the season hasn’t even started yet!–and too little time!
This guy is getting all healed up
and ready to pitch another stellar season (yes, I’m absolutely still a
Lee fan even though he’s not a Phillie anymore…I was a big Lee fan
before he ever became a Phillie, so nothing has changed in that
regard)…but this super-attractive BILF seems like he needs a little TLC as he heals his shoulder. I may be biased, but I think I’d make a really great nurse…or at least rock a really great nurse’s costume…
I’ve really been enjoying this Twins blog I just stumbled on recently…and in other Twins news, their minor league pitcher, Loek van Mil,
is REALLY hot. He’s a pitcher (that’s hot), and since he’s from
somewhere foreign–the Netherlands–I assume he’s got an accent (that’s
really hot). He’s also 7’1″. I have no idea what I’d ever do with a
7’1″ pitcher if I ran into him (except bite his ankles…I’m only
5’2″), but still. He’s cute. I hope he makes it onto the Twins’
roster at some point in the season.
And this article makes me optimistic about the Phillies’ 2010 season.
If Dubee’s telling the truth and we’re gonna get a MUCH better Hamels
this year than we had last year, I may very well be the happiest girl
on the planet. I’d love to see BILFy McBILF return to his 2008 form
(Lidge, too, for that matter!).
I cannot freakin’ WAIT for this season to start!
things first. Cole freakin’ Hamels. The BILFiest BILF pitcher of them
all. He is a pitching GOD. He pitched 8 scoreless innings in the
Phillies’ first playoff game against the Brewers. My parents were at
the game–I’m sooooo jealous.
(Last time I saw Hamels pitch, it was when he imploded against the Mets
during that day/night doubleheader in early September at Shea Stadium.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a game where Hamels has won. Luckily,
I’ve seen plenty of his wins on TV, though!) Anyway. Hamels pitched awesomely in the first game of the Phils/Brewers series.
Then Brad Lidge scared the crap out of everybody in the ninth inning,
but hey, the Phils won 3-1, so that’s all that really matters, right?
Then today, Brett Myers pitched a fantastic game against the Brewers (and even caused some chaos at bat, making Sabathia throw him lots of pitches!).
Here I’d thought we were doomed, because Myers’ last few starts weren’t
so hot, plus the Phillies were facing the mighty Sabathia. But the
Phillies managed to chase Sabathia out of the game by the fourth
inning, at which point the Phillies were leading 5-1. Shane Victorino
hit a lovely little grand slam in the second inning. Beautiful! I’m
deeming Victorino and Myers honorary BILFs today. They’re not the
cutest Phillies, but they are playoff superstars! The Phillies ended up winning the game, 5-2. Love it! (Want more details on how everything played out? Go here for fun, snarky commentary.)
Phillies have me a little worried, since a) in each playoff game so
far, they’ve scored all their runs in ONE inning, and b) they stranded
at least 10 guys on base tonight. But the next time they play is
Saturday, at Miller Park, and Jamie Moyer’s pitching, so…let’s hope
something good happens for the Phillies there, you know what I’m
sayin’? I won’t say any more about this–I don’t wanna jinx ’em. (We
Philly sports fans are superstitious like that.)
Another note about the Phils/Brewers series: WTF happened to JJ Hardy? The scruff’s gotta go, dude. It’s just gotta go.
On an anti-Mets note: I freakin’ love this.
I laughed my cute little butt off when I read it. Then I read it again
so I could laugh some more. (I’m sad that the Yankees aren’t in the
postseason this year, but I’m ecstatic that the Mets aren’t there.
On a totally superficial note, I’m really pissed that the Twins lost Monday night’s tiebreaker game against the ChiSox. I sooooo wanted
to see Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan, and Justin Morneau play some playoff
games. I wouldn’t have cared that much if they won, though. I just
wanted to look at ’em. (Do they make midwestern boys cuter than east
coast boys? These Twins are hot.
Are they all like that out there? Do I need to move to some state in
the middle of the country? Would the eye candy be worth it?) However: I
did note that the White Sox have a catcher who appears to be somewhat
cute. He has pretty blonde hair–I don’t know if he’s a decent catcher
or not, but I dig his hair. It’s this dude AJ Pierzynski (why is it
that EVERY guy named AJ is smokin’ hot? What IS it about that name?),
whose last name I’ve just learned how to spell, which satisfied my inner spelling bee queen.
In other news: The Dodgers are kicking the crap out of the Cubs. Does anyone in LA actually give a damn? Or even know anyone who gives a damn?
And finally: In my first year of doing fantasy baseball, my BILFs and I came in second place! Woo-hoo! Here’s the proof:
have never been to Minnesota. The closest I’ve ever been in proximity
to Minnesota was Chicago. I know next to nothing about Minnesota. So I
probably shouldn’t give a damn about the Twins, yet I’m rooting
hardcore for them to make it into the playoffs this year.
The Twins have been through a lot this year (namely: bye-bye Hunter, bye-bye Santana…and as a Phillies fan, do I ever wish
the Twins had kept Santana and not shipped him off to the Mets). I
think perhaps people started to not take the Twins seriously as playoff
contenders. But…they’ve got Morneau (swoon), who you may recall won this year’s Home Run Derby (even though a certain gorgeous Mr. Hamilton hit more home runs than Morneau did, but whatever). They’ve got Mauer (swoon again), who is hoping to lock up his second batting title.
And right now the Twins are 1/2 game ahead in the race for the AL
Central Division Champs title, just ahead of the White Sox. It all comes down to today (and, potentially, tomorrow) as to who wins this race.
work, we get into lots of discussions about baseball teams, and last
week I got a lot of shocked looks when I proudly proclaimed that I
hoped to see the Twins in the playoffs. I was like, “What? They’re
hot!,” to which one of my co-workers replied, “You are the worst
baseball fan ever,
you know that?”, which made me laugh uproariously. But there’s
certainly something to be said for having eye candy in the
playoffs–right, ladies? And if that eye candy just happens to have a
lot of talent, too, so much the better, right? 😉
Twins fans–I get it. You’re passionate about your team. Hell, I am,
too–at least when it comes to super-hot Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.
And it’s quite considerate of you (in a strange way) to chuck stuff onto the field in an odd display of support for your team.
It’s kind of bizarre to me–after all, when we Philly fans are pissed
off, all we do is boo. We don’t throw stuff; we’re too busy booing and
swearing. Plus, our seventh innings just involve stretches, not
projectile-throwing. But as odd as this behavior seems to me, I do have
to commend you for at least not hitting any attractive players on the
head with projectiles. Because if the headline of this Yahoo article
had read “Mauer knocked out by flying Coke bottle” or “Morneau gets
black eye from airborne bag of peanuts,” I’d have been pissed, you
guys–really pissed. Good aim, Twins fans–good aim.