I missed absolutely everything Sunday. I did see baseball: minor league baseball. I went to brunch with my mini-me, a friend, and her beautiful 18 year old daughter at Brighthouse Field and saw the Clearwater Threshers play the Palm Beach Cardinals. The Cardinals won 5-1. My friend’s daughter is a tall, thin, blonde, a trained dancer even prettier inside than on the outside.
I was trying to convince her to go lie down and tan next to the bullpen on the berm to see all those young guys lose their minds, lol. Yes, I am terrible. Finally, I got her to walk around towards the end of the game. She realized the layout of the stadium. “You can just lie down there and catch sun and watch them warm-up?” Ayup. 🙂 Next time.
I made a nice catch! Some kids lost their tennis ball over the fence into centerfield. I asked the Threshers’ centerfielder who I am certain was about 9 years old (it says here he is 20 years old) if he could please toss the ball back. He said, “Sure!” The throw was offline (not a good sign Phillies phans), and I did a little Kevin Kiermaier leap to my right and caught it on a slanted berm. A dad said, “Nice catch.” If there is one thing I can track, it’s a tennis ball–Bronx Champs 1988, yo, first doubles. In a dress, no less! Eff you, Gibbons! I can catch and throw in a dress. The kids thanked me. They were nice.
Zach Green, the Threshers’ first baseman, his walk-up music game was strong. He didn’t do much offensively, but great choice in music, kid.
This is one of those songs that gives me goosebumps, a good vibrations song. Sam Fuld uses it too, so it has a great pedigree.
Another really cool thing happened when I went into the Threshers store. Normally in parks like this, all you will find is Threshers gear and the gear of the affiliate–Phillies. I saw something odd: a small section of Rays things. I said to the lady that work there, “I am so impressed. I have never seen any place sell gear of another team like this. I travel to a lot of parks. Not one.” She said, “It’s the first year the manager is trying this.” I said, “I really appreciate you guys showing support for the local major league team. That’s fantastic.” She said she would tell her manager. I bought the Rays Spring Training shirt. I told her I want a Threshers t-shirt but I can’t buy Phillies gear. She said smilling, “You know the Threshers are Baby Phillies?” I laughed and said, “Maybe they’ll get lucky and get traded?” 😉
It was so weird being in a stadium so empty. Shut up. Even the Trop isn’t this empty. And we have a good excuse. It’s out of the way, ugly, and more money. This was cheap! All you can eat for $16? Great seats. You don’t have to do the brunch. Way cheaper tix available. I was stunned at how few people were there. The facility is stunning. There was a nice breeze and shade. People, where are you?
My mini-me wanted to see the Angry Birds movie after the game. Oh, what the heck? Off to the theater. My favorite one is not a giant multi-plex with the crazy sound effects etc. It’s a really cool, kinda dingy place with tables, serves food, wine etc. Let’s go to the movies! It was 5 minutes from the ballpark. The movie is not high art, but it’s really cute. If you are a 10 year old at heart, and you have played way too much Angry Birds at some point of your life (guilty), you’ll enjoy it. “Ever heard of bird control?” was said to a family with many, many birds. It was a little risque for a kid’s movie, which I liked.
This song was featured in the movie:
I downloaded it after the movie (Amazon Prime FTW) and she and I sang the “woo woo, that’s the sound of da police” all the way to the mall. The kid did fantastic on some reading scores. I wanted to reward her hard work. Her favorite toy store was closed, but we found this nerd dream store: https://www.westfield.com/countryside/stores/all-stores/pop-cult/58809
She got herself a Beanie Boo and a Catwoman figurine. She loves her cats. I got some Harley Quinn sunglasses. We came home, soaked in the semi-hot tub, and watched Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. No major league baseball. I took a hiatus. It was all about the kid.
Here are the scores.
Mariners 5-Reds 4. Mariners sweep.
Tigers 9-Rays 4. Tigers are hot. Zimmerman hurt, Cabrera hurt. Archer pitching like he is hurt. He needs to have arm scanned STAT. Something wrong.
Nationals 8-Marlins 2. Scherzer dominant.
Red Sox 5-Cleveland 2. Papi had a big day.
White Sox 3- Royals 2. Retro uni!! ❤ ❤
Rangers 9-Astros 2. Another sweep.
Blue Jays 3-Twins 1. Stroman back to normal vs. the 11 win Twins.
D’backs 7-Cardinals 2. Donald looked good.
Angels 10-Orioles 2. Are you ok, @scoutsayweitersisabust?
Dodgers 5-Padres 4(17 Wtf?????????) I would have turned this one on if I knew it was happening. People, let me know these things. Sheesh. Kershaw pinch hit because they ran out of people so why not use your star ace?
Edit: Because it’s Monday, I listen to comedy. This is hilarious.