We arrived at the stadium an hour and a half before it opened which allowed for prime spots in the visiting team’s area and where the Marlins park. Today I will do a ‘Before and After game’ report. I am sad to report the Phillies out-signed the Marlins and made more time for the fans than the home team did today and that’s even after the Phills lost in extra innings. Shame on you, fish!
Before the Game
Alfredo Amezaga – Smiled & waved to us, the only ones in the stadium
Dough Waechter – Waved and walked 50 feet to where we were to pose for a photo! The Baseball Gods blessed him with the extra innings win, I know it.
Chris Volstad – Looked over when called, pointed to some door (a gesture for “I can’t), and walked away. It’s a shame cause the kid is a damn rookie!
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During Batting Practice a traveling softball league held a home run derby. Brett Helmer won the derby and gave out about 20 softballs to those in attendance (including me!). When I got a hold of my softball, I had him sign it. He was very gracious.
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Here is where it gets crazy. The Marlins and Phillies come out after the extra-inning affair and the losing team takes care of the fans while the Marlins mostly ignore us all. The first person to come out was Jaime Moyer and when he did all hell broke loose.
After the Game
Chris Volstad – looks over to the crowd all calling his name, turns his head towards his cell phone and walks to his car.
Ricky Nolasco – Waves to the fans but does not look happy at all!
Matt Treanor – Waves and signs some autographs from his car.
Renyel Pinto – Perhaps the most fan-friendly Marlin did his usual signing for fans after the game.
Jaime Moyer – Came out looking upset, walked into the bus and disappeared. He came out five minutes later and signed at least 50 autographs! Halfway into the kind act a guy in the back of the crowd complains that he is only signing for adults. Moyer’s response was firm and shut the guy up while shrinking him down to an inch.
“Last night you guys were bitching about the team not signing and now that I come out here and sign you are still bitching. Looks like with you guys we can’t win“. No one complained after that and he continued to sign for another five minutes. Unfortunately, he ignored Tatiana’s photo request.
Joe Blanton – signed for five minutes
J.C Romero – signed for one fan
Chase Utley – completely ignored the fans who were all there for him
Ryan Howard – waved and quickly jumped on his bus
Cole Hamels – ignored everyone
Geoff Jenkins – ignored everyone
So Taguchi- silently signed for 10 minutes
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