I’m Baaaaaaaaaack

When Manny Ramirez said that upon signing his contract with the Dodgers, I don’t know how much he really meant that. Then again, why should I even consider trusting Manny? He hates me anyway. Manny, the catalyst of the Dodgers lineup, and one of the biggest reasons that they have the best record in the majors, is suspended for fifty games.

The Manny that a year ago today, I would have proclaimed my love for him and would have defended him against any accusations. The many whom I made a statue of in my seventh grade art class. I plan on destroying it tomorrow (expect pictures). I don’t know the entire story, but when I turned on MLB Network yesterday, I was shocked 
Much as I hated to admit it, Manny still had a place in my heart, even though I didn’t want to allow him one. I loved him unconditionally, and it’s kind of hard to get over something like that, but this helped. I’m sure most of you know my steroids policy, and if you don’t, then I am very strongly opposed to them. The fact that Manny has taken any form of PEDs significantly impacts my views of him. I want to believe that he only took these during his time with the Dodgers, and not during his Red Sox legacy. I don’t want those records to be tainted. Having this be about him, and not a player that I hate, like A-Rod, and not a player that I’m apathetic towards like Barry Bonds, maybe, hits a lot closer to home. 
Anyway, these past few weeks have been tough, because I was extremely focused on studying for the AP exam that I took today. I feel really confident about it though, so I think it paid off. I want to give this confidence to David Ortiz, so he can hit a home run tonight (amen).
This did not stop me from taking an opportunity to attend a Red Sox vs Rays game last Saturday. After my subject test, my father and I embarked on the four hour crusade to Tampa, and returned home around 2:30 am.
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We crossed over the bridge that I hate (mainly because my father told me how it collapsed years ago WHILE we were on it). We satisfied my craving for a Checker’s hamburger, which resulted in a stiff neck (don’t know if it’s related), and we were at the Trop before the Red Sox started batting practice.
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In fact, they were stretching. I have to be honest with you though. I don’t really like the Trop that much. Besides the constant annoyance of the cowbells, that the kind Rays fans behind me kept ringing in my ear the entire night, it just doesn’t really make me feel like I’m at a baseball game, but I suppose it’s sufficient during the thunderstorm season. 
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I made my way down to the Red Sox dugout where I began my conversations with my extended family. It only takes a few sentences to come out of my mouth for them to say ‘Wow, you’re a diehard aren’t you?’.
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It also took only one yell of Dustin Pedroia’s name for him to not only turn around, but also for me to start getting requests from people to yell out other people’s names. I was quite successful in getting players to wave to me. Besides Dustin, Jacoby Ellsbury, Julio Lugo, Nick Green, and George Kottaras also waved. Unfortunately, the security guards did not let me on the field, nor did they let me in the dugout. They were very nice though.
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I’m pretty sure I started my ballhawking career. As Julio Lugo was playing catch to warm up, I called his name, and he smiled and waved. After he was finished, I called his name and asked for the ball… and he threw it! And I actually caught it while holding another ball.
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I was even successful in attaining an autograph: Nick Green for the third time this season. I guess I just have this connection with Red Sox shortstops. It was especially nice to see Mike Lowell’s home run because I actually took the American History subject test at his old high school.
The next day, when I walked into my history review, one of my friends said, “Wow, you look dead,”. It was worth it.
While I was able to study while watching the Yankees series, I actually had to miss the games against Cleveland to study. While it was nice to see the Red Sox sweep the two game series against the Yankees to continue their perfect record of 5-0 against them, I was quite disappointed that I wasn’t able to see history be made last night against Cleveland.
But before we get to that, I’m pretty sure Joba Chamberlain was insinuating that he wanted to throw at Kevin Youkilis’ head. After all, he did throw at Jason Bay, hitting in the clean up spot, hitting for Youk. It’s not like that game was an easy win though, after all, Jonathan Papelbon did load up the bases in the bottom of the ninth.
I missed history being made, while studying for history. How ironic is that? Scoring twelve runs in one inning without recording an out is pretty impressive, so I think I need to re-watch that. When my history teacher asked me how I felt about the exam, I responded,
“Well, the Red Sox won last night, so I’ll do well.” And I think I did.

13 Comments

I bet you did GREAT on your exam! I was at Fenway the night before we made history; it wasn’t so fun then! :-( And last nights game against the Rays was great and the best part – NO COWBELLS!!!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I don’t get the cowbells either…what does a cowbell have to do with baseball or the Rays anyhow? Makes ya wonder who comes up with that stuff :O) Looks like you had a great time though!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

That was a long drive for you, Elizabeth, but it sounds like it was worth it, getting an autograph and a ball and being able to call out to your favorite players. What’s better? You even braved the cowbells. Hope you have great results on your exam!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Congrats on getting Nick Green’s autograph! And congrats on started your ballhawlk carer! Yesterday when the Astros played the Padres I got Kevin Kouzmanoff’s autograph and David Excstein’s autograph!

Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

You ballhawker you…lol. Glad you got to make the trek to follow some Sox action. I know somebody like that.. : )
Tom
http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

Nice job on the ground, getting autographs and pics like that. Good work. As for Manny? Forget him. It’s the only way.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

I am sorry to have missed you during your Rays adventure north.
I came by Section 110 three times, but must have missed you.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which is the one pictured is an entirely new bridge from the one that had a tanker hit it in 1979. This one would have to be hit by a huge friehgter going 85 mph into the supports and through the dozen or so dolphins ( islands) put out there to prevent another disaster.
The Cowbells are only our way of keeping down the “Let’s Go Red Sox ” cheers. You noticed the Boos and the cowbells more during those chants.
Glad you got to see the only win if the series by Wakefield. At least you got to celebrate with fellow Red Sox fans on the way out of the Trop.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Sounds like you had fun! But four hour drive is impossible for me. Congrats on the autograph :) How nice of Julio Lugo to smile and throw a baseball for you to keep! I think you did fantastic on the exam.
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

A ballhawk is born!!

“Happy”

Wow, sounds like you had a great time at the game! I love the way you just yell at the players like that. I need to do that when I go to the game this Sunday. That would be a lot of fun :)
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Elizabeth- Even if none of us have made a statue to Manny Ramirez in our seventh grade art class, I think we’ll all have the same appreciate of seeing the destruction of set statue. I hope you did well on your exam!
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

cool trip. check my blog out. my buddy went on a trip and wrote about it in my blog. i’m pretty sure youll, like it, love and want some more of it.

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

I hope you did really well on that exam. It’s a killer. I wasn’t very prepared for it when I took it but I still did okay.
Sounds like you had a great trip!
I also missed history being made but I was okay with that and I am not going to re-watch it. :)
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

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