Saturday was the Phillies annual Photo Day where fans can go onto the field and take pictures of the players as they walk by. This was the first year where most players did not pose with fans, mostly shaking hands and posing only for a few kids. But I still got some nice photos:
And now, here is my rant on the subject. Many fans who got there late and did not wait outside the stadium for 3 hours like I did to get a good spot in the front were very badly behaved. I have this issue every year and every year it gets worse. Late fans, adults and kids, try to knock me over and push past me to get at the players when they come out.
Bad parents try to push their kids in front of me and when one gets by, three or four more start shoving to get a spot. I actually told an 8-year old boy who pushed past me, “I am sorry, but you need to go back to where your parents are.” He left and, while I feel bad for the kid, it is not my fault that his parents are self-entitled jerks who are setting a bad example on how to behave. I am not going to babysit someone else’s kids, nor am I going to give up my photo opportunity when I waited outside in the blistering heat for 3 hours to get that spot on the field.
I have brought my own kids to this event in the past and would never, and have never, encouraged them to behave in such a way. I stopped bringing them because I felt it became dangerous as grown people pushed and shoved them and one year, I almost got into a fight over it. The only reason I did not was because the other woman literally ran away from me, as well she should have.
Every year, I get hit in the head, elbowed in the side, etc… all while I am trying to shoot photos and get a handshake. It is ridiculous and I wish that the Phillies would do something about it. Make an announcement before the players come out, issue warnings…something to get these self-entitled fans to behave like humans instead of rabid animals.
Because on what should be a fun day, I should not be walking off the field limping and covered in bruises. Every year I try to have a sense of humor about it, but it has really gotten out of hand.
I am curious to see if anyone else has had this experience or if I just look like a push-over so people aim for me? I really don’t think I do, maybe just bad luck? Let me know in the comments section what your experience has been.
Here are more PHOTOS from the event and also from the game, which I will be posting about next.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography
Since Friday night’s game did not go well, I decided that it was time for J-Roll Smurf to intervene and add a little Phillies Smurf magic to the equation. So, before the game on Saturday against the Cardinals, J-Roll Smurf enjoyed visiting personally with many of the Phillies players. The real J-Roll was excited to see his old buddy again and Ryan Howard laughed out loud as he thinks J-Roll Smurf is too awesome for words. Also rubbing the luck from J-Roll Smurf yesterday was Brad Lidge, JA Happ, Chad Durbin, Pedro Feliz, Scott Eyre, Clay Condrey, John Mayberry, Kyle Kendrick and Tyler Walker. And although a few Phillies, like Chan Ho Park and Jamie Moyer, seemed confused by the little blue mascot, J-Roll Smurf rubbed his luck upon them anyway :O) You’ve gotta LOVE Photo Day:
And the Smurfy magic paid off with wins both Saturday and today for a series win over the Cards! In fact, the original J-Roll Smurf, Jimmy Rollins, nailed a GRAND SLAM on Saturday and then a 2-run homer today! There is no stopping him now!
All these wins and entertainment too! On Saturday, some crazy guy tried to interrupt the game with a laser pointer to distract the Cards hitters and a very drunk guy named, “Sully” distracted the entire outfield crowd later on:
Here is the Photo Album from the entire 3-game series!
So the Phillies will hit the road for 3 games against the D-Backs and then 4 with the San Francisco Giants. I will be in San Francisco for all 4 – hope to see you there!
Photos by Jenn
It was a beautiful, sunny day yesterday for the Phillies Phestival, the annual charity event held at the ballpark with all funds raised going to towards fighting ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” This year, the event raised a record-setting $758, 540 in its 19th year running. I have posted some PHOTOS here on my photobucket site from the event and have a few to share with you here as well. I apologize for the grainy ones…combo of a very bad back lit situation and the wrong setting on my camera…oops! Oh well…it was hot and my brain was fried. Anyway, first I have a collage I threw together with Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Chad Durbin, Chase Utley and right in the middle, Jimmy Rollins with your favorite web site voodoo mascot and mine, J-Roll Smurf! And figuring we’ve all seen enough photos of me, I was kind enough to cover that part up J I have a fun story about that photo though…
So I walk over to Jimmy for the picture and he is already cracking up over the Smurf and starts telling me, “You know, I like smurfs too…” And I start telling him I knew that, and that is why I dressed him up like that… Then he proceeds to tell me with a huge grin on his face, “You know what they used to call me, back in the day? Papa Smurf.” Now I am cracking up! I showed him the back of the uniform where I had ironed on his name and number and he was very impressed. He said he liked it and that it was “very original.” So, I think J-Roll Smurf will be attending a few more games for luck J I don’t mind making a fool of myself; it’s all in good fun. J
Here’s another fun photo for the ladies! Should we play the “Guess Who’s Better Side This Is?” game or should I just tell you? Hee! Well, I shouldn’t say “better side,” the man doesn’t really have a bad side. It’s all good. Ok, ok, I won’t keep you in suspense…it’s Chad Durbin. And probably 50 or 60 people cracked up laughing while I took this picture as I turned to the line of people waiting for his autograph and said, “Ok, you know I have to do this, right?” Sorry, couldn’t help myself…he bent over right in front of me…it was like a bulls eye!
Wound up getting 14 autographs by the end of the day and an odd assortment of pictures. I would have done better, but the Chase Utley line alone took me an hour and a half! And what an ordeal that was too. The guy in front of me kept making trouble by trying to let someone cut in; he got caught so then he tried to take that guys stuff for him to get it signed and the ushers wouldn’t let him do that either so he got in trouble again and this time, they pulled him out of the line! And all this happened right as it was my turn at the front of the line so I was already a frazzled mess and then to make it worse, the usher standing next to Chase yells at ME! He points at my camera and says, “Make sure YOU don’t hold up the line by stopping to take a picture. Take it while you are moving!” WHAT??? Mind you, I have been standing by quietly, smiling and behaving the entire 90 minutes and now this guy has the nerve to YELL at me for no reason? I was SO upset I nearly cried and forgot to take the picture at all. Poor Chase saw the look on my face and asked how I was and I was like, “Ok I think” and he signed my photo and gave me one of those “oh you poor thing” smiles. He was already annoyed with how things were going…I had seen him “correct” the ushers a few times before that while I was waiting in line. Earlier, the ushers were telling people they couldn’t take photos at all and Chase looked right at them and said “Yes they can.” By the time I slid over to Jimy Williams (sitting with Chase), I was shaking like a leaf and couldn’t pull his photo out of the sleeve and he was trying to calm me down! He said, “It’s ok, take your time, there’s no hurry.” He’s such a nice man. J Finally, I was out of that line and every other line was fine…no problems at all.
Now, for anyone who has not been to the Phestival, don’t let what you just read discourage you from going. This is NOT typical. I’ve been going every year for 8 years and have NEVER seen this happen or been treated this way. Usually, everyone is very nice and friendly and the event is lots of fun. I have no idea what happened in that one line, but whoever was in charge over there simply blew it. They obviously panicked because they knew there was a high demand for Chase’s autograph and tried to change how things are usually done to try to get the line to move faster. But you can’t tell people not to take pictures or HOW to take them and you certainly shouldn’t be yelling at them.
So, I have certainly not had a lot of luck in the Utley department this week! First the picture that didn’t come out on Photo Day and now this! Geez, when will MY streak end? In other news, the team has officially announced adding JA Happ back to the roster to take Adam Eaton’s spot now that he has accepted a minor league assignment. Do I smell a trade in the air though? Guess we will just have to wait and see… On to DC tonight! Go Phillies!
Yesterday, the Phillies held their annual Photo Day at the park where they allow fans on the field to take pictures of the players. Occasionally, the players will also stop and take photos with you. It is by far, one of my favorite events every year and one that I was really looking forward to. I actually got 10 players to stop this year and pose with me, and probably could have gotten a few more but was busy snapping the camera. 9 of the 10 photos actually came out…the one that didn’t was the one with Chase Utley! UGH! And he was SO nice and had a HUGE smile on his face for me too…I am SOOOO depressed, I cannot even tell you. I just can’t even talk about it…too sad L
Well, let’s talk about the happy ones…I’ll post a couple of them here. I am usually opposed to photo’s of myself, but the players look awfully cute, so I am going to go ahead and grin and bear it…no pun intended. Please excuse my bad hair day and goofy smiles…I had been standing in the hot sun for hours and was melting! First of all, this one of Brad Lidge is hysterical! Does the man have no concept of exactly how tall he is? Most guys bend down so they are on you level, but it was his first Photo Day so he is excused. Now mind you, I am not short…I am 5’7″ which is average for a woman, and he is slouching in the picture. Scary tall.
Here we have Chris Coste…just a cutie. We make a nice couple I think J Hee! And then below that one, there is Jimmy Rollins with his huge grin…he said something silly and I was trying not to laugh. I also got pictures with Geoff Jenkins, JC Romero, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Eric Bruntlett and Adam Eaton…there was not a huge demand for poor Adam so I figured I’d bug him J I almost got Pat Burrell but he just put his arm around me, pat me on the back, asked how I was doing and kept going. I was happy with that though J I have also posted a bunch of other photos HERE on my photobucket site for you to see just of the players, coaches and broadcasters as they were walking past me or saying hello. There are a few pretty funny ones in there…some of these guys give you some really cheesy smiles at this event. Check out the shot of Clay Condrey…he gets the prize for the most Cheese ever in a pose.
That’s a wrap on Photo Day! The Phillies are currently in a Rain Delay with the Braves, down 2-0 in the bottom of the 2nd inning. It was Joe Blanton’s home debut which I assume now, will be cut short. Hoping they will get the rest of this game in soon and of course, come away with the win! More later…Go Phillies!