Marlins Fan Fest photos and video!

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I have to admit going into Marlins Fan Fest 2009 I was skeptical about the big stars of the Marlins showing up. In the end, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla & Alfredo Amezaga were three of the most-active players with the fans.

Other Marlins players who were extra friendly today were Ricky Nolasco, former manager Jack McKeon, Jorge Cantu, & Gaby Sanchez.

On the opposite side we had Matt Lindstrom, Chris Volstad, Wes Helms, Fredi Gonzalez, Jeff Conine, Tony Perez, among a few others.

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Baseball Cards

Below is the only two autographs I obtained: Tommy Hutton and my 11th in-person autograph on a baseball card of Andrew Miller. As far as Miller, he was passing out free donuts and signing early but vanished for most of the day.

The three Jose Canseco cards come from going through the entire card show. I realize that had I collected Derek Jeter or some other popular player I would have had more to choose from. Still, three cards I needed for my player collection is never a bad thing. I just wish I could have found more.

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Tatiana’s Bat

My wife Tatiana is ready to return to blogging after an amazing experience at Fan Fest with unbelievably friendly, John Baker and Ricky Nolasco. She also was involved in a physical confrontation after a 300 lbs. man stepped on her toes and pushed her against theĀ  stage when Hanley Ramirez showed up for the first time.

From 8:30 in the morning with Andrew Miller, to 5:43 P.M with Hanley Ramirez… Tatiana obtained 26 autographs on her personalized Louisville Slugger. She will be blogging about it on Monday but in the meantime check out this quick video I created.

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53 reasons to love Cardboard Junkie

Several months ago I sent DayF a bunch of baseball cards, all Braves from the likes of Andruw & Chipper Jones to some prospects and so on. As a gift to celebrate his one year bloggin’ anniversary, I sent out a 1/1 Printing Plate from his favorite set, Allen & Ginter. Days, weeks, and even months passed as he looked through his massive collection for Jose Canseco cards I might need and today the trade finally became complete when 50+ Canseco cards, 10+ Derek Jeter cards (for the Infamous Tatiana) (blog coming soon), and a few Hanley Ramirez & Andrew Miller Cards came my way.

Perhaps the most amazing part of this trade is that out of over 50 Jose Canseco cards sent, more than half were cards I needed. That’s pretty unbelievable these days. Thanks, DayF for all these wonderful cards and for having one of the best baseball card blogs around! I now have 786 different Jose Canseco cards thanks to you!

P.S – It’s official! Tomorrow the Infamous Tatiana and I are going to the Florida Marlin’s Fan Fest. If you are a reader of Wax Heaven and want to meet up to watch Tatiana & I stalk Andrew Miller for an autograph, drop me an e-mail or leave a comment. Expect many pictures from the event tomorrow night!

Juan “Not Gone” is back!

Okay, crappy nickname, I know. I never said I was the next Chris Berman, now did I? Well, everyone’s third-favorite Steroid junkie, Juan Gonzalez is making a comeback, maybe. He’s been invited to Spring Training with the St. Louis Cardinals. He had been “working out” with Albert Pujols and knowing that Tony LaRussa does as Prince Albert says, he asked for the team to give him a shot. The only problem is that Juan missed the entire past two seasons and is knocking down 40’s door. I don’t think his chances of making the team are too good at this point.

Another veteran recently signed to a contract would be Luis “I hit 57 in 2001” Gonzalez. He will be the back-up First Baseman/Outfielder for the Florida Marlins which means that by May he will be playing full-time after the Marlins trade away Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Miller for seven Jr. High Prospects to be named later.

P.S- This weekend is Florida Marlins Fan Fest! If we can find someone to babysit the rugrat, Tatiana and I will be attending and taking lots of photos of depressed fans. There won’t be a shortage of those. I hope to meet the Twin Towers, at the very least. A Hanley Ramirez autograph wouldn’t hurt either, but something tells me I will just get to meet Dan Uggla a few times and have to take him home from the stadium since everyone knows Ugglas can’t drive. That would be a little awkward…