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Winter Warm-Up, Day 2

Who is this guy and what did he do with Mitchell Boggs?

Today, Day 2 of the Cardinals Winter Warm Up, was a lot of fun hard work!

Yesterday, I figured out the system and broke in my sparkly new media pass.  Today, I put it to full use.

In between player interview opportunities, I branched out to explore more of the Warm-Up environment.  By staking out some hallways and talking to folks waiting for autographs, I met a slew of wonderful Cardinal fans who were willing to answer all kinds of questions about their Winter Warm-Up experiences.  (Be watching for the poll results in an upcoming post!) I also made an executive decision to postpone the transcribing of over 2 hours of player interview recordings from today in order to take lots and lots of photos – which was way more fun hard work.  ;)

The media room was hopping with visits from a phenomenal sampling of Cardinal players and one Mr. Bill Dewitt, Jr.  Among those who stopped by:

  • J.C. Romero
  • Shelby Miller
  • Matt Adams
  • Brandon Dickson
  • Daniel Descalso
  • Mitchell Boggs
  • Jason Motte
  • John Jay
  • Jaime Garcia
  • Shane Robinson
  • Lance Berkman
  • and ….Matt Holliday

Some of the highlights/stand-out moments of the day (for me) included getting an introduction to our new pitcher, J.C. Romero, who made a wonderful first impression with his fun personality, making jokes about being “old” and doing a bang-up job of being a likeable character. Romero spoke honestly and openly about his desire to protect his reputation and to be a role model to kids.  He’s a long-time friend of Yadier Molina (Romero teased “He’s my boy.  I knew Yadi before all of you guys knew him.”) and made it a point to talk about his faith in God.

Stumbling upon a barely recognizable baby-faced Mitchell Boggs signing autographs for fans had me amused mid morning, as did the interviews with Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Jason Motte and Lance Berkman.

I was impressed by minor league pitching prospect Shelby Miller’s openly discussing how the suspension last season (alcohol related) helped him to realize his priorities and to make necessary changes in his life and “keep his head on his shoulders.”

Shane Robinson spoke to a small group of us, detailing his horrific outfield collision in a AAA ballgame last season and the recovery process involved, mentally and physically.  Shane also shared the exciting news that he and his wife are expecting their first child in May, grinning nervously as he spoke about being a new dad.

And of course there was Matt Holliday.  Matt spoke to a packed house of very determined journalists, so I knew my chances of getting in any questions were honestly hopeless.  So, I climbed up on my chair and balanced on my tiptoes to snap a dozen (or hundred) fairly gorgeous shots of the birthday boy. Yes, Matt Holliday spent the afternoon of his 32nd birthday with ME…. annnnd a small multitude of Cardinal fans. ;)

Okay, I’m keeping the post short tonight, because honestly? I’m exhausted – a good exhausted.  It’s time for bed so that I can wake up and do it all again tomorrow!  Winter Warm-Up, Day 3 – the last hurrah!

I leave you now with a slideshow of some of my favorite photos from today AND a promise to write more later!  =)

4 responses to “Winter Warm-Up, Day 2

  1. Liza Anderly January 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    You ONLY became a #stlcards fan because of a foot rub. *RME* You are NOT a true fan, You are just a POSER! O_O #JustSayin’…

  2. Bill Ivie January 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Not a true fan because of how she came about it? Some are fans because their dad or grandpa was…does that make them better? I became a fan because we moved here. It was hard not to love this team. I’ve never had anyone tell me I wasn’t a fan because of how I got here.

    I will tell you this…at every twist and turn, if anyone has a negative thought about this team or the players, it is this young lady that will give you something positive to focus on. Every. Time.

    The “true fans” of this team will tell you it is like being a part of a family. Wear some Cardinal Red and get some high fives, some hugs, and some congrats. Because we love you for loving our team. We support each other and support our Boys In Red. Contain your hate for Cubs fans. #justsayin

  3. SLL January 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I came to the Cardinals through seeing games at a relative’s home….and I soon picked up the excitement and soon had fun learning the game, players, strategy, history of the game and how much fun Cardinals fans are. I’m not sure where Liza is coming from but I enjoy every article from diamond diaries and find it a great place to have fun and learn more about a team I have come to love. Thanks, girls, from a fan.

  4. Angela W January 17, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Thank you SLL!

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