I’ve got some more mail to share with you. This time I got a letter from Mr. Duke Snider. He doesn’t play anymore. Mr. Snider is actually in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Here’s what I got.
The Rockies have been on the road for a while and just got back in town last week. Dad had some friends in town and they went to see the Rockies vs. Dodgers last weekend.
I hope to make it back to the stadium soon. I’m overdue and I think the guys might be able to use my help.
Friday is guy’s night. Mom goes to work and Dad and I hang out. Tonight, we were sitting around watching the Royals vs. Dodgers on MLB Network. Watching the Dodgers put me in the mood to do my Manny impersonation and I thought I’d share it with you.
We’ve all seen Manny being Manny. He clowns around, he swings for the fences, he loses his helmet running the bases… That’s Manny. Like him or not, it’s who he is.
Well, here’s “Pauly being Manny”.
I only do Manny Red Sox style. Mainly because Dad doesn’t have a Dodgers hat I can borrow. When I first started doing Manny impersonations, I thought Dad’s hat was too big. But, the oversized hat is the key to a good Manny impersonation. It’s got to be too big so when I start to run, it falls off my head.
Gotta go. Don’t want to miss any more of the game!
Mom, Dad and I met up with our buddy Ned on Monday and flew over to Arizona for another Cactus League game. We landed in Phoenix and drove over to Camelback Ranch. Camelback is a brand new stadium that was built for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.
It’s a beautiful ballpark.
I did a little homework and snagged us some great seats behind the Royals dugout. Here was our view.
It was tough to beat. Who needs a cupholder, when you can put your bottle of milk right on top of the dugout? We were only a few feet from Hall of Famer George Brett!!!
Here’s Mark Buehrle on the mound. Did you know he threw a no-hitter against the Rangers in 2007? 2007 was a good year. That’s when the Rockies went to the World Series and was also the year I was born!
Here’s Coco Crisp. If you look hard, you might be able to spot Ozzie Guillen in the background.
Dad and I took a walk around the park to do some exploring. Here’s us hanging out on the party deck by the foul pole.
There are 12 practice fields spread out around the ballpark. We even saw a pond stocked with fish. These guys did it up right.
The gift shop was the perfect way to cool down. It was half Dodgers stuff and half White Sox stuff. I liked the green uniforms in stock for St. Patrick’s day, but they were way too big for me. I tried to get Dad to buy a set of Manny dreadlocks, but he wasn’t going for it. I do a good Manny impersonation. Maybe I can get Mom to take a picture and post it up here. I guarantee it will crack you up!
Anyway, back to our seats.
Here’s Royals pitcher Gil Meche up on the hill.
And we were lucky enough to see Jayson Nix get a little playing time. He was traded from the Rockies to the White Sox during the offseason.
Another great day at Spring Training. I also managed to get a ball from first baseman Ross Gload.
We made a quick stop at In-N-Out Burger for dinner, before heading back to the airport for our flight home.
So it’s begun. The postseason is here. I got so excited watching my first playoff game today that I wet my pants. Ok, so I wet my pants all the time, but it was still pretty exciting for me.
I’ve thought long and hard about who I think has what it takes to go all the way to the World Series. I had some long talks with my bears and Cosmo. Here we are hanging out.
Teddy keeps pretty quiet, but Cosmo more than makes up for him. Although, I don’t agree with all of their baseball opinions, it’s fun to debate with them. Plus, I’m the one who has the blog, which means I have the final say on here.
So, here are my picks.
White Sox vs. Rays – The White Sox made it pretty interesting over the last few days of the season and I think it’d be fun to see a Chicago vs. Chicago World Series. However, I just saw a Rays doubleheader in Baltimore last week and I think they have a great team. Plus, they were all really nice to me. It’s also their first playoff appearance and I’d like to see them go all the way. My pick for this series goes to The Rays!
Red Sox vs. Angels – The Red Sox did beat my Rockies last year in the World Series, but I’ve gotten over it. In fact, if I play my cards right, I think I might be able to talk Mom and Dad into taking me to Fenway next year. I think they’ve got a team with a lot of playoff experience and I wish them well this year. Even though they don’t have a good record against the Angels this season, my pick is still going to the Red Sox.
Dodgers vs. Cubs – Come on Cubs! This was an easy one for me. Cubs, all the way! I’ve got a few reasons for my pick. My nickname around the house is “bear” and since they still think I’m a baby, I guess that’d make me a cub. Plus, one of my girlfriends is a Cubs fan and if you read one of my earlier posts about her, you might remember I told her I’d pull for her Cubs if my Rockies didn’t make the playoffs. I’m a baby of my word and I gotta cheer them on. The Dodger player with the funny hair and dirty hat takes a lot of grief, but he’s OK in my book. I’m just picking the Cubs over the Dodgers. Come on baby bears!
Brewers vs. Phillies – At first, I was a little torn on this one. Deep down, I think the Phillies have the better team. But, in the end, I decided to go with the Brewers. Mainly, this one is for Mom. I really didn’t know what a brewer was, but Mom told me they make beer. Mom works at a brewery, where they make the stuff. If they’re anything like Mom, then that means they are awesome! So the Brewers it is. Let’s go beer makers!
So those are my picks. What do you think? What are your picks? I’ve learned that anything can happen in this game and I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out. As always, thanks for reading and please drop me a line or leave a comment. An out of work baby like me needs to have something to do all day. I’m going to grab a warm bottle and catch some more playoff baseball. Talk to you soon.