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Phillies Cruise 2010 Update #3

It is day 6 of the Phillies Phantastic Voyage and we are sailing around the Caribbean on our way to the Bahamas.  Yesterday, after a sunny day on the island of St. Thomas, the Phillies group engaged in a trivia competition.  Here are a few of the questions we were asked…see how many you can answer!  I will post the answers at the end of this entry.

1.     How many times in his Phillies career did Steve Carlton strike out 300 batters or more in a single season?

2.     What 3 team names have the current Phillies team gone by?

3.     Which Phillies pitcher struck out 300 batters or more in a season, 2 seasons in a row?

Today the Phillies held the autograph session for the fans.  Shane Victorino, Greg Luzinski, Tom Burgoyne (Phanatic’s friend), Ryan Madson, Scott Palmer (broadcaster) and JC Romero all signed:

At the end of the autograph line, a few of the AAA reps, Holland America staff and JC’s wife Erin got in line to get autographs for themselves.  When Erin Romero reached JC who was at the end of the autograph line, she handed her husband several items to sign.  In the photos below, you will see her handing him a head shot to sign.  After that, he leans forward to sign HER instead.  Her reaction is in the photo below:JC and Erin

JC & Erin are not only the cutest couple, they are super nice and lots of fun.  We have all been blessed to have them aboard with us :o)

And here are a few photos of what I have been up to besides the baseball stuff.  The photo to the left is the rainforest in Puerto Rico (El Yunque); then you will see a close-up shot of an iguana and a photo of me and two others preparing to scuba dive in St. Thomas:Cruisesights

That is all for now!  More photos and video are to come…tomorrow we are in the Bahamas and then Saturday we are heading home.  Talk to you all again soon!

Photos by Jenn

Trivia Answers

1 – One

2 – Phillies, Blue Jays, Quakers

3 – Curt Schilling

Phillies Cruise 2010 Update #2

As the Phillies Phantastic Voyage continues, we are currently on our way to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  On Sunday, each Phillies fan was treated to a photo session and Q&A with the players.  Everyone had a group photo taken and then individuals with each person which included JC Romero, Ryan Madson, Shane Victorino, Greg Luzinski, Scott Palmer (broadcaster) and the Friend of the Phanatic, Tom Burgoyne.

Here are some photos of the guys getting ready for photos:


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After the pictures were done, everyone sat down for a question and answer session.  Some of the questions people asked were a bit surprising.  For instance, one person asked Shane why he had a tendency to swing at the first pitch.  Ryan Madson interjected some humor by saying Shane was stepping to the plate already down with an 0-2 count ;o)  Ryan later gave his opinions on how umpires should be “sent to the minors” just like players when they perform badly.  Funny stuff…

I will post video of the Q&A and a few other events once I get home.  For now, here are some photos of the Q&A session.  The one with the jersey in mid-air is my favorite.  They were raffling off a Victorino jersey and JC was not so impressed; he tossed the jersey on the floor behind him!

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Yesterday, we all gathered for a screening of the Phillies 2009 Video Yearbook.  Due to a technical issue with the ships DVD player, there were a few breaks in the action.  Tom Burgoyne was gracious enough to hop on stage and entertain the crowd during the pauses.  He even performed the Phanatic belly roll for us, sans costume.  Again, I will post video when I get home.

Later that evening, a bunch of us sat down to watch magician James Cielen perform.  The show was outstanding and included some Phillies fun as well.  JC, Shane and their wives were sitting in the front row when Mr. Cielen brought two toy poodles on stage to help with some of his magic.  At one point, the magician picked up a dog, pointed him at the front row and, I assume using a water pistol, made the dog appear to pee on the JC, Shane and their wives.  Mr. Cielen then ran off the stage and wiped them all off with a silk scarf, although it looked more like he was trying to buff the top of JC’s head.  Everyone had a nice laugh over that.  These guys all have great senses of humor and enjoyed the prank.  In fact, at the end of the show, Shane was the first person out of his seat to give Mr. Cielen a standing ovation.

So today we will land in San Juan and I will go explore the rainforest :O)  Tomorrow night, we will have a Phillies Trivia event and then on Thursday, the players will sign autographs for us.  I will post another update when I get a chance. 

Photos by Jenn

Phillies Cruise 2010 Update

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:Cruise1.jpg

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:

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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!

Photos by Jenn

2010 Phillies Cruise Preview

The countdown has begun!  Only 2 days until the Phillies Phantastic Cruise sets sail for the Caribbean.  Joining us on board will be JC Romero, Shane Victorino, Ryan Madson, Matt Stairs, the Phanatic, former Phillie Greg “The Bull” Luzinski and broadcaster Scott Palmer.  I went on the cruise last year as well and it was a blast!  Sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, this year we will be stopping at Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and the Bahamas.

The Phillies events will include photo and autograph sessions, Q&A session, cocktail parties with the Phillies players and more!  Here is the video slideshow I put together of last year’s cruise:

Larry Andersen went with us last year but was unable to attend this time around.  He told me a few months back that he had a lot going on this month, not the least of which is Phillies Phantasy Camp where he will spend an entire week.  We will miss him!

While I am away, I will try to post updates and photos as the cruise progresses and as time allows.  If anyone else is going, feel free to drop me an email and let me know or just track me down on the boat and say hello!

Photos by Jenn

 

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Moyer & Martinez: Together Again

Fate or coincidence?  If you ask me, lightning (or rain in this case) does not tend to strike twice unless it means it.  For the second home start in a row for Pedro, Mother Nature intervened to bring Pedro Martinez and Jamie Moyer together once more.  Martinez only notched 2 scoreless innings against the Braves before the storm came and then he had to sit through not one, but two rain delays.  He almost made it to the mound after the 1st delay, but only a few minutes later, the rain came again and the umpires called for the tarp again.  By the time the game resumed, Pedro was out and again, Jamie was in.

Moyer went on to pitch 4 1/3 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 5 batters.  I hate to sound like a broken record, but this Martinez-Moyer 5th start duo works.  Obviously some higher power is trying to sell this idea to the Phillies as well.  Fate has intervened yet again and brought the Phillies a win on the strength of this Batman and Robin combo.

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Ryan Howard’s
bat did not hurt the situation either; Howard blasted 2 home runs for 3 RBI in the game plus a double and a walk.  Howard looked like there was nothing he could not hit, rain or no rain.  Pedro Feliz had the only other RBI for the Phillies which came off a single to score Raul Ibanez from third.

Charlie Manuel, the most loyal manager in baseball, sent Ryan Madson out for the 8th inning and Brad Lidge out for the 9th again.  Both pitchers have struggled, especially Lidge who looks like a shell of his former self.  Madson got into trouble in the 8th, loaded the bases and allowed a run to score.  But he worked his way out of the potential disaster and handed the game to Lidge. 

With a 4-2 lead, Lidge pitched a clean inning and secured the win for the Phillies.  Do not jump up and down just yet; it has been this type of performance that Lidge has been unable to duplicate all season long.  No one, except maybe Manuel, is convinced yet that this is the end of the Lidge problems, although we all hope that it may be so :O)

Tonight the series will continue with the Braves at 7:05pm.  The match-up of Cliff Lee and Derek Lowe should be an interesting one!

By the way, the Phillies Cruise package that I posted yesterday is still available!  And yes, I will be going!  I also went last year and can attest that is was the BEST vacation ever!  Hanging out with major league players, their families and fellow fans….what could be better?  NOTHING I tell you….nothing.  Join us!

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For The Girls…

I hear ya ladies…after I posted a photo of a Hooters girl yesterday at a Spring training game, I received many request from the ladies for some female entertainment.  So, here it is, Phillies-style:

First of all, no Phillie will ever top this photo of former-Phil, Pat Burrell:
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Although, Cole Hamels gave it the college try:

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And Shane Victorino jumped in on the action during the Phillies Cruise in January:

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But the rest of the team seems to be a bit modest.  So, I decided to help them along…meet the Phillie-Dales!  Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins (with a new hair-do), Chad Durbin and Greg Dobbs:

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And the scary part is, they probably all look even hotter than that in real life :O)  *Sigh!*

Ok, back to reality!  The Elder, Jamie Moyer started the game today against the Rays; Moyer went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Moyer has looked great all spring.  JA Happ took over in the 6th inning and after the first 2 batters were out, he suddenly gave up a solo home run and a single.  But Happ recovered quickly and got out of the inning with a ground ball.  Happ pitched 3 innings of 1 run ball.  To me, this has been the difference between Happ and Kyle Kendrick or Carlos Carrasco; Happ can make a mistake and move on.  The other two seem emotionally unable to cope.  Chan Ho Park is an experienced veteran who also does not seem shaken easily, so keep an eye on Park as well over these next few weeks.

In the poll I posted yesterday on who will be the Phillies 5th starter, Happ ran away with the contest, getting 100% of the votes.  After Kyle Kendrick’s horrible outing yesterday, this picture is becoming clearer.

The most exciting things that happened offensively for the Phillies in the first 6 innings were Jason Donald getting a walk and Miguel Cairo getting the only hit in those six innings.  After that, Ryan Howard came through with a sac fly with the bases loaded to score the Phillies first run.  The only other offense in the game was a 9th inning home run from Andy Tracy, and the Phils went on to lose 3-2.

WBC Highlights

Team USA lost to Team Venezuela yesterday, but the game really did not mean much; both teams will advance to Round 2 of the Classic.  The other teams who made the cut are Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea and the Netherlands.  Round 2 will begin on Saturday; Rollins and Victorino with Team USA take on JC Romero and Team Puerto Rico at 8pm in Miami.

 

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Spring Training Fan Fest

The Phillies held their annual Fan Fest tonight in Clearwater, FL at Bright House Field.  There was a silent auction, photos with the World Series trophy, game used jersey’s for sale, autographs, a moon bounce and, of course, the Phanatic.  Sorry to report that I missed out on the moon bounce, but I think I can live with that.  I did get autographs from the following Phillies, pictured below from top to bottom, left to right:  Joe Blanton, Eric Bruntlett, Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Greg Dobbs and Matt Stairs.

Clay Condrey wandered though the crowd for a minute before the signings…I stopped him and yelled out for him to give me a high five.  He stopped, turned and yelled back, “I gotcha right here!” and slapped me five.  He is a funny guy.  I also spoke to Scott Nickle (Phillies marketing) for a while; he remembered me from the cruise and stopped me to talk.  He is going to try to plan another Phillies Cruise for next year :O)

At the end of the night, the Phillies planned a fireworks display; Brett Myers and Ryan Madson, who were not scheduled to appear, showed up with their families to see the show, along with Chad Durbin’s wife and child.  Here are some shots of the guys on the field playing with the kids.  I love the one of Madson tossing his kid into the air!
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We all watched the fireworks and headed out.  I’ll be attending practices over the next few days and will report back on that soon!

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