It is the middle of day 2 in our Phillies Phantastic Voyage and so far, it has been an adventure. Leaving Fort Lauderdale yesterday we ran into some “weather” and rather bumpy seas right at the beginning of the Phillies cocktail party. JC Romero, Ryan Madson and Greg Luzinski did not seem bothered by the rocking, but poor Shane Victorino got sea sick and only stayed at the party for a few minutes.
So while Shane and a few other guests tried out a new shade of green, the rest of us held on to anything stationary, trying to remain upright. But that did not impede the fun; Ryan, JC and Greg worked the crowd like pros and chatted with the fans. Ryan especially seems thrilled to be there after hearing from JC what a great time we all had last year. Here are a few photos: Shane is sporting a beard! Then you will see Greg, Ryan, me with JC and the Phanatic:
The only bummer on the day was learning that Matt Stairs was unable to join us :O( Matt was offered a minor league contract to stay with the Phillies but has decided to pursue options with other clubs in order to sign again in the majors. Matt is well loved in Philly and he will be missed dearly, not only on the cruise this week, but in 2010. I wish him the best of luck in his search!
More photos here…Ryan with Scott Palmer, Shane at the bar before taking ill, me chatting with Erin Romero and you can see Ryan in the background and Ryan, JC and Scott talking to the fans:
Later this afternoon, we will have our official photo session with the players and then a Q&A with them as well. Tomorrow, we are off to Grand Turk! Got to run and get back to my vacation now :O) Talk to you all again soon!