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Durbin Watch Over; Howard Lone Hold Out

Not that I mind at all watching Chad Durbin, but the wait is over!  The Phillies and Durbin agreed on a one year, 1.635 million dollar contract and fans will be blessed with his adorableness (if I may make up a word here) for at least one more season.  Durbin was the final player to sign instead of going to arbitration, except for Ryan Howard who remains alone in his ambition.  Howard is seeking $18 million; a figure that is off the charts outrageous.  The Phillies offered Howard a generous $14 million which, still riding the high of last year’s $10 million dollar arbitration win, he flatly turned down.  What are your thoughts on the Howard situation?  Should he hold out for more or is he being greedy?  Let me know!

Shane diving.JPGHere is the Photo of the Day for you, which is from the Phillies Cruise a few weeks back.  This was taken by fellow cruise-mate, Amy Pacione who was watching Shane Victorino dive off a small boat in Grand Cayman and captured this image, which I thought was very fun!

If you are looking for more information, photos and videos from the Phillies Phantastic Voyage, look no further.  There are links down the right side of this page to the Photo slideshow, Videos and check my January archives for detailed reviews and stories from the Cruise.

Thanks to everyone for their heartfelt comments on my last blog.  I appreciate everyone’s support and am very happy to be a part of the MLBlogs community.  You guys rock!  Have a great day! :O)

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Phillies Cruise Videos

Here is the last of the Phillies Cruise video!  The first 3 are of the Q&A session with Shane Victorino, JC Romero, Larry Andersen, Greg Luzinski and Tom Burgoyne, friend of the Phanatic; hosted by Scott Palmer.  After that is some video from the Phillies private party on the ship with speeches by many of the players, wives and a few other items of interest including JC Romero playing the bongo drums.  Hope you enjoy!

 

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Phillies Cruise Photos & Video

Hello!  Well, I still haven’t unpacked, but I did put together a photo slideshow for you and one video.  My priorities are totally in order :O)  Click HERE to view the Slideshow.

And here is the video of Shane Victorino calling Charlie Manuel from the ship; all the Phillies fans sung Happy Birthday to him…

 

I have more video to upload but it will be a few days at least until I get to that.  But it is the off-season; what else do we have to do?? :O)

Phillies Cruise – Going Home

*Sigh!*  Sad to report that we are all on our way home….some quicker than others.  I will be sitting on the floor of this airport for many, many hours before heading back to Philly.  So, while I am here I thought I would give you all an update on the last few days of the cruise.

We had the autograph session yesterday where everyone participated, even Scott Palmer :O)  Shane looked like he was not feeling well and later, missed the final cocktail party as a result.  He was at dinner so I assume he is doing fine.  Anyway, I got a few World Series balls signed and a whole bunch of my pictures to add to my collection (I have a whole binder full of 5×7 shots that I took and later got them signed).  DSCF0625 Andersen.jpgWe had some very old Halloween masks of Larry Andersen’s face with us which was a promotion way back in 1985 at a game.  I had Larry sign a few of them and then gave him 2 to keep.  Also gave away a few others to some new friends we met on-board.  Everyone got a big kick out of them; Shane even tried one on.  Here is a photo of Larry holding what he called his “twin.”

Later, at the farewell cocktail party, I had a very nice, long conversation with JC Romero’s wife (hi Erin!).  She is just one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  I told her about my horror at how MLB handled the steroid allegations and she spoke to me about that for a while.  Without revealing too many details, I can say that she and JC feel they have nothing to hide and she even said JC was hoping someone would have asked him about it at the Q&A so he could respond.  We both agreed that she & I were mostly of the opposite mind – I was really hoping no one bothered him about it :O)  But Erin was gracious in speaking with me and I will hold that confidence.  So sorry, no BIG scoop here except to say that JC has done nothing wrong (which I knew anyway).  There is currently a website HERE that gives the detail of the suspension and why it should be lifted.  PLEASE visit the site and sign the petition!  Once you read it, you will see that JC asked permission to take the supplement and was told by both his trainer and MLBPA (players association) that it was ok to take.  They had NO right to do this to him.  Please let your voice be heard!!  Here is one more I found…Petition for JC.  Sign both!

So later at dinner, Larry went around to ALL the tables with Phillies fans and took photos of the people at each table.  I guess he is making a scrapbook of us all…how cute!  And all the fans cheered again at the end of dinner, “Let’s Go Phillies!”  Lots of fun :O)

Well, as promised more photos and video to follow!  I will get to work as soon as I get home.  Feel free to e-mail me anytime or comment below.  Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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Phillies Cruise – Victorino Meets a Ray He Can’t Beat


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Still floating around the Caribbean with the Phillies; I am pleased to report that JC Romero seems to be unaffected by the breaking news of his alleged steroid use while on-board.  He was wonderful and entertaining during all of the events yesterday.  He even sang to me about the joys of taking pictures during the photo session :O)  JC was gracious in answering questions at the Q&A and I must say, Phillies fans have restored my faith in humanity.  Not one person asked him about the scandal.  I think everyone in the room breathed a collective sigh of relief when the session ended and everyone was in a good mood.  JC later joked around at the cocktail party and signed some autographs.  Shane Victorino gave a wonderful speech about what a great cruise he was having and thanked everyone attending for making it a fun trip.

Victorino also told a story about his frightening encounter with a ray.  Not a Tampa Bay Ray, but an actual sting ray.  I also spoke to a few other people on the same trip and they all relived the horror with me.  As Shane’s group was entering the water, they watched in shock as a man was carried off, leg bleeding heavily, due to a sting ray barb.  Not sure if this made headlines or not, but we were on Grand Cayman Island.  Sources report that Shane turned around and immediately got out of the water.  It sounds like the guy must have stepped on a sleeping ray.  I swam with rays a few days ago in the Bahamas and had no issues so this was surprising.  JC said he was not even going to attempt such an excursion because “they are called sting rays, not ‘come pet me’ rays.”  :O)

I took video of the whole Q&A session yesterday which included all players and Tom, the friend of the Phanatic.  I will post that also when I return.  I also talked to Tom later and asked what he used to do before he was the Phanatic’s “friend.”  He said he was in computer parts sales…not really his cup of tea, as he noted.  Tom is a cutie.  P1080649 Phanatic.jpgHere is a photo of him and Larry Andersen waving their “rally towels” (napkins) at dinner last night:  during the waiters’ parade of the Baked Alaska presentation, all the Phillies fans began chanting, “Let’s Go Phillies!” and waving their napkins around.  It was a testament to the spirit of Phillies fans everywhere.

So now we’re in Mexico…no, I did not drink the water :O)  I did drive an ATV to the Mayan ruins and watched some strange guy tip his vehicle over and bust his leg.  Never a dull moment. 

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Also, I’d like to say hi to Matthew & Jody….met them yesterday.  Matthew is the Aaron Rowand look-alike I have mentioned, but apparently I am the only one who thinks so :O)  He says no one else mentioned it.  Perhaps I am just still in denial over him leaving for the Giants last year?  Nah!  He really does look like him :O)  See for yourself…

So the autograph session (the official one, anyway) is tomorrow and then back home on Sunday.  Hope you are all enjoying the reports and are taken aback with awe and wonderment that I would actually take the time to do this while on vacation :O)  Ha, ha!  Really, just shows you have no life.  Maybe someday… :O)

Phillies Cruise Update #2

It’s Jenn again, reporting live from the middle of the ocean!  Lots to talk about again today…more Victorino sightings; Phanatic fun; and some sad, depressing news…  I’ll leave the bummer for the end.

So yesterday I was chillin’ (or technically baking) in the on-board Spa Therapy Pool, reserved only for Spa guests and guess who stepped into the pool?  Shane Victorino.  Hee, hee :O)  More fun for me!  Well, I did not say much to him as I know this was a place of relaxation….just asked how his cruise was going.  He said he was having a good time and asked me how I was doing and what I had been up to.  I told him about scuba diving in Turks and all the pretty fishies :O)  Aaron Rowand look-alike dude was in the pool too.  He talked to Shane for quite a while….I left and headed for the headed marble relaxation chairs and Shane joined me a few minutes later.  Oh, sorry no photos…I generally don’t carry a camera into the pool or around the Spa with me :O)  Anyway, that was fun!

Today we got to “Meet The Phanatic.”  He toured the room, harassing people, messing with the kids, re-doing people’s hair, etc…  Ya know, the usual.  Very funny stuff…then everyone had a photo with him.P1079928 Phanatic edit.jpg  Later we have a photo session with all the players, past & present and then a Q&A Session with Tom, friend of the Phanatic and a few others.  I will try to video tape the Q&A and post that when I return.  I will also have a full photo album to post when we get back so everyone can see what went on.

And now for the not so fun news…this morning, everyone on the ship received a copy of an abbreviated version of the New York Times, like we do every morning.  However, this one was special as the back page contained an article on how JC Romero failed a drug test on 8/26 and appealed it so he could play in the Playoffs.  JC was advised he lost the suspension on 9/23 and will be suspended for the first 50 games of the season.  Supposedly, it was the same anabolic steroid that Mark McGuire used.  (although personally, I think the whole thing is BS).  Now, Major League Baseball has known about this for more than 3 months now.  Why exactly would they wait to release the information TODAY, when they know JC is away on a cruise with 200 Phillies fans and cannot defend himself or respond in any way?  MLB has just ruined all of our vacations.  Within 1 hour of the article being distributed I had a guy on the elevator ask me if the Championship was legitimate.  And I gather this will be the tune of the cruise from here on…nothing but harassment from the non-Phillies fans.  And poor JC and his wife.  Will they even come out of their cabin now?  How humiliating for MLB to do this to him in such a public way.  Yes, it would have been public anyway, but NOT like this where he is trapped on boat of 2,000 jerks, like the guy on the elevator, and cannot escape.  And we fans who paid extra money for this event may now be deprived of speaking to JC as a result.  I don’t know if he will be in the Q&A.  I will let you know.  I am disgusted by this on a number of levels.  I do not condone drug use of course (but like I said, I don’t believe it), however, the way MLB handled it is despicable.  MLB had to know exactly where Romero is right now, as they MUST inform a player before going public.  Therefore, they would have attempted to contact him, so they knew full well what they were doing.  Every one of those involved should be ashamed.

I could go on about this for hours, but it is just too depressing.  I will try to post again soon to let you know what happens next.  I hope everyone at home is doing well and I will talk to you soon!

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Phillies Cruise On-Board Update

Hey everyone!  I am on board the ms Westerdam with Shane Victorino, JC Romero, Larry Andersen, Greg Luzinski, Scott Palmer and the Phanatic!.  We are currently docked in the Bahamas :O)  It’s only Day 2 and a LOT has happened so far!  Here we go:

I took pictures with everyone but Shane yesterday at the welcome party, but I did get a photo with his wife :O)  Or fiancée?  Not sure if they tied the knot yet.  Anyway, I had better things to do with Shane…tell ya that shortly.  LA was drinking and then jokingly telling people he quit drinking (yeah, since the last time he sat his glass down).  He asked me after we took a photo if it was ok that he was holding a glass of champagne in the photo…hee!  I assured him I’d have had one also but I ran out.  He quickly found the nearest waiter and pointed at him to fill me up :O)  LA is awesome.  The Bull (Luzinski), JC & Erin Romero, Shane & Melissa and the Phanatic all cruised the room and talked to the fans.

During the intros by Palmer, Shane decided to call Charlie Manuel and have us all wish him a happy birthday.  So, he held his phone up and everyone sang to Charlie.  I have that on video and will post it when I return…very cute!

The highlight of my evening though was hanging out with Shane.  I had spent some time talking to his wife earlier (she is very nice!) and ran into them again at the elevator on the way to dinner.  I rode the elevator with Shane, Melissa, a AAA agent and then inadvertently wound up spending the next 20 minutes walking the ship with them.  We just got to chatting and they seemed happy with  me hanging out as I was not asking for autographs or photos (thus, no photo w/Shane yet…this was way more fun though).

Anyway, we talked about the regulations for flying out of Hawaii, the ship, shopping, etc…  Shane told me this was his first cruise and his wife said he was a bit worried about the motion.  He was happy though that he had not really felt the boat moving.  That was too cute :O)  I told him about a cruise I took to Bermuda where we hit a storm and his eyes got real big.  He said, “No, no don’t tell me that…please, no storms.”  We all had a nice laugh over that.

Then we walked though the gift shop and talked about all the stuff we wanted to buy.  I told his wife I had better not spend much time in there as I was a bit tipsy and might spend too much.  She said, “Well, that’s the problem with him (Shane), he’s not doing that (drinking).”  I told her that was probably a good thing but she then said it wasn’t because he would not be in the mood to shop for her!  Ha!  Shane then told me to feel free to spend my husbands’ money :O)

Next, the AAA lady guided us to a map of the world were the ship’s location was labeled in red lights.  I told Shane it was the “You are here” map and he laughed.  We checked out the map and moved on to the photo area.  The ship people take a photo of you and your significant other / kids / whoever when you board and Shane wanted to buy their photo.  They are all posted on these huge wall-like stand-ups and I helped him & Melissa look for their photo.  We found mine and all agreed it was awful :O)  I was looking off in the distance instead of at the camera!  Not like I really needed one more photo of myself though, ya know?

We all then went into the dining room and Shane was seated only 3 tables away from us with JC and the rest of the crew, so that was nice also.  Today, I saw him on the beach in the Bahamas and he waved and said hello.  So, that is the end of my Victorino adventure!  Do you hate me yet?  Hee!  Anyway, here are some photos from the 2 days so far.  Descriptions are from left to right, top to bottom:

1-Shane smiling and the party, 2- Shane walking by on the beach with a friend, 3- The Phanatic serving hors’dourves, 4- JC and Erin Romero, 5 -Waiting by the elevator with Shane, 6- The Bull chatting at the bar, 7- LA announces the Eagles game score, 8- Is former Phillie Aaron Rowand on this cruise???!!  Damn…no such luck.  But this guy really looks like him!, 9- Shane, Melissa and Scott Palmer, 10- Me, Melissa, AAA lady and Shane checking out the map.Phillies Cruise 09.jpg

Ok, that’s all for now!  I am limited on internet time here so if you have sent me e-mail or comments recently and I did not or do not get back to you right away, I promise I will do so when I return.  I will post more updates as well as soon as I can.  Stay tuned!

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