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Tampa Bay Trip – Day Five: Ducky’s , Field passes and TV oh my!

*Just previewed this post and there are mucho mistakes but I’m tired so I’m not fixing them.*

I certainly didn’t mean to take a few days to get back to the trip posts but life doesn’t care about your plans eh? Anyway, onward we go to day five.

Knowing what was going to happen on this day was a big part of all the nerves I was feeling. It was April 2 and I knew I would be going on the field for batting practice. I knew I would be meeting players and I knew I needed to tell Evan Longoria that he saved my life. I had one chance and if I chickened out and didn’t tell him, I might not ever get the chance again. Just think back and pick out a certain athlete or musician or whatever it may be that was a part of your life during a huge turning point. Now imagine you knew there was a really good chance you would meet them. Imagine the fear that you wouldn’t, like when it could have happened the year before but didn’t, that fear mixed with excitement. No wonder I had a hard time eating haha!

Oh yeah, and before all this I was going to Evan Longoria’s restaurant, Ducky’s. Man who gave me baseball and saved my life, dream maybe coming true later, going to his restaurant which was HIS dream come true, where he had his engagement party, going to his space, are you getting a taste of the level of my nerves? Am I doing a good job of describing it? My hands are shaking as I type the memories.

Dave Haller had told me to be at Tropicana Field at 4:30 for batting practice Ducky’s is in Tampa so Davis came to pick me up with Manda And butch at 1:00. How on earth did I kill time? I can’t remember. That whole day is a blur. Luckily the really awesome parts stand out in high definition.

We drove to Tampa and when we arrived at Ducky’s I felt so happy. I checked in on Foursquare. Coolest checkin next to the Trop? Probably haha. Some other friends were meeting us there so we sat at a big round table. The walls were nothing but big TVs. I got a Dr. Pepper and it came in a Rays glass. How cool! Davis said there wasn’t Rays memorabilia everywhere. The glasses were a nice touch. I pictured it very understated. It was quiet but I’m sure when people gather to watch games it’s loud. It was elegant though. Chic. I asked everyone if Longoria mentions a favorite food there. Manda named a few things and the pickled crab cakes stuck out so that’s what I ordered. I wondered if I’d even be able to eat.

while we were waiting for our food we wandered over to the mini bowling. Way back on Twitter when the trip was just a dream, someone (Professor Twain?) said I should try the bowling. There was no way I wouldn’t try it! The balls you roll are like Skeeball balls. Someone put the bumpers up and you can here me whine, “noo!” Hahaha. Hear me? Oh yeah, there’s video. We each had two turns.

My first turn didn’t start out so well.

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My second turn was much better.

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We didn’t finish our whole game since our food came out and friends got there. The pickled wait not pickled. Deviled? I can’t remember, crab. Crab cakes haha. they were so good! Can’t beat crab in a coastal town. I managed to eat them all and try a piece of Manda’s candied bacon. Oh my yum! I had some of Davis’ fries too. They remind me of In and Out fries. I wondered if Evan did that on purpose with the fries since he’s from California. I took a souvenir from Ducky’s – Evan’s sauce.

There was a monkey dish of spicy sauce on my plate and right as we were nearing the end of our visit to Ducky’s I knocked the dish off and spilled it on my pants, purse and #ROTOTROP jersey. Before I could even think, the girls at the table jumped up, stripped the jersey off me and ran away. Davis was at work getting the sauce off my purse and all I could do was laugh. I had Evan’s sauce on me. Too perfect. the girls got the stain off the white jersey like living Tide stain sticks. Yay!

I visited the restroom before we left and was even impressed by that. The stalls are completely enclosed. No gaps in the doors or doors that didn’t lock. They were like little closets with glass doors. Very nice. We took Jayden to pee in the grass and then headed back to St. Pete. Oh my! Would I meet Evan?

Tina was going to meet us at the Trop since she had to work and missed out on Duckeyss. We got to the Trop early and waited around outside the gate. When it was time to go in, there was a surprise. Everyone got to go on the field with me! Originally there were only supposed to be two passes but Davis had asked Dave Haller if everyone could come inside to kill time before gates actually opened. He wasn’t expecting everyone to be allowed on the field but Dave worked his magic again so Davis, Tina and butch came with Manda and me on the field! I was so happy they could all be there!

We walked into the Trop and it was pretty cool to be the only fans inside. It was just us and the team! Oh yeah, and the bluejays haha. We were led down a ramp and passed the Rays clubhouse! We passed Alex Cobb! Alex freaking Cobb! We said hi as we passed and I was told he waved. I love Alex Cobb! Too bad he didn’t stop to chat haha.

And then we were on the field! As soon as I felt the turf under my feet I hit my needs and ran my hands over the fake grass. It felt like real grass! It was short and tight and I could feel the filler they put in. I was touching the Tropicana Field grass! We were in the area behind home plate. We weren’t alowed to go very far. There was a rope set up like they have to form lines at the bank. There was no music on yet.I started a voice note on my phone and kept my phone in my pocket. I hoped to record everything that happened down there for my memories.The place was so quiet! When you stand on the field in a dome like that you can really feel the enormity of the place. I remember noticing that at Chase Field last year.

Eventually the players started coming out for batting practice and I started meeting them! They all asked Jayden’s name and gave him love. Jayden was in puppy heaven! I think Wil Myers wanted to take him home. Manda was telling me who the guys were as they came up. I got hugs from all of them! Wil Myers, Sean Rodriguez, James Loney, Matt Joyce, Yunel Escobar, Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings, Jose Molina, and Logan Forsyth. Logan was the last one for me to meet that would round out the starting lineup for that night’s game. I also met reliever Joel Peralta. At one point a ball from batting practice rolled over and I had it in my hands when I met Loney and Forsyth so they both offered to sign it. Steve Carney came over and I asked for a real hug since we had only met briefly in the radio booth the night before.

Who am I forgetting? I’m forgetting someone. Tee heeeee heeeeee YES I MET EVAN LONGORIA! Video or it didn’t happen right?

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What Davis didn’t capture and I’m glad is me hitting my knees as Evan walked away and crying. He said he’d come back! I didn’t want him to walk away. I wanted to talk to him forever, to tell him that baseball saved my life and he started it and I wanted to ask him about Elle and tell him about Jayden and just talk and he walked away but I hugged him I hugged Evan Longoria!

Jayden licked my tears from my face and I stood up, pulled myself together and met more people. Players and coaches and media guys Marc topkin, Joe Smith, Roger Mooney, Todd Kalas, Dave and Andy again and Neil Solondz came over and I finally got to meet him. He also dropped a surprise on me. He wanted to interview me later for that Sunday’s episode of This Week In Rays Baseball!Whaaaaaat? Wow. Oh that wasn’t the only surprise for that day. Dave Haller had emailed me that morning to let me know to be back on the field at 6:30 for a surprise. Hmmm. I was already going to be back on the field at 6:00 because Kelly nash wanted to talk to me for TV. Neil was trying to pin me down for an interview, I had met Evan longoria, wow wow wow! Evan was supposed to come back, would he come back?

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I did get to tell him he saved my life! the picture that was taken of us was for the Times. Evan put his left arm around my shoulders and my right arm went around his waist. Luckiest girl ever! Well except maybe jaime. Jayden was on my left and that picture was in the paper. Davis cropped it for me so I could make it my Twitter profile picture. I’m told we both have big genuine smiles and look very happy. that picture captured my utter happiness. I’ll never change it!

I haven’t yet uploaded all the videos with the players but I uploaded to more two share in this post. First is my meeting with Ben Zobrist.

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He is so tall! I didn’t know that until I hugged him. He was so fun to talk to. My face hurts from grinning as I listened to that just now. What a great guy!

And my face hurts again from grinning as I listened to this next video.

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Longoria, Zobrist and Maddon were all apart of that magical 2008 season that saved my life. I got to tell Joe too! How many people from Tucson can say they stood on a major league field and talked to Joe Maddon about scouting and Mexican food? I must be the only one right? Wow. You can here how happy I was to meet Joe. What a dream! I’m so grateful there’s video or I might not believe this all happened!

Oh yay, time for lunch and a break.

I remembered while I was eating to explain why I wrote a few posts ago that on the jersey the hashtag was in all caps, #ROToTrop. I showed the jersey to Marc topkin on the field and he pronounced the hash tag so it sounded like Robocop. It was funny but maybe you had to be there.

When the Rays were done with batting practice the Jays were coming out on the field. We started discussing whether to stay on the field when someone, I can’t remember who, said we could go check out the new 360 walkway before gates opened. We did talk to one Bluejay though, Jose Bautista. He strolled over to say hi and I asked for a picture since B is a blueJays fan.

We left the field and took a walk around the Trop. They opened up the walkway so you can walk around the whole place now. It was cool to still be the only fans inside. I could hear the Jays taking BP below us. Davis pointed things out like the gong and the TV area and stuff. We ran into Enrique Oliu again. He was talking with Orestes Destrade so I got to meet him too. Sweet!

Davis and I both walk really fast so before I knew it everyone else was left behind. We ran into someone from Twitter who works at the Trop and then Tina was there. We used the ladies and then went over to see the Ray tank. I was getting a little stressed about time since I had to be back on the field to talk to Kelly Nash. The visit to the tank was a quick one. They told me to put my hand in the water straight down and the ray would graze my fingers. When it happened I jumped and squealed since I couldn’t see it swim towards me haha! There was a sink to wash hands and then we were off again, hoffing it back to the field. I had wanted to swing by the suite for some water but there wasn’t time. We were getting in the elevator and Suddenly Manda was there. Butch was off to start letting people in since we had the tickets. We walked to the edge of the barrier again and Kelly Nash came over. it was wonderful to meet her! I exclaimed at how tiny she is. She might be tiny, but she’s a force! She prepped me on the interview we would do. she asked the questions so I could start thinking about them. Then it was time to head over to the dugout. wow! Manda came with us and I was sat in a chair facing the dugout with the field behind me. Kelly sat next to us and Jayden lay down between us. Kelly started prepping me again and then Manda was there with cold water. Oh sweet relief! At one point Kelly said Matt Moore walked behind us. matt Moore! He was starting that night.

We sat for awhile and then it was time for the interview. This was live TV! kelly let me know they were talking to her through her ear piece and then she was talking to me. It was over pretty fast. It’s cool to see how that stuff works behind the scenes! When I stood, Dave Haller was there and told me I’d be throwing out the first pitch! Wow! I had wondered if maybe that was what the surprise was since the timing was right. Beyond the first pitch though, I was to be inducted into the Super Fan Hall of Fame! Dave walked Jayden and me over to two other fans who were also getting inducted and handed me a ball. I remembered my pitching lesson with Adam Pendleton the day before and gripped the ball to throw a four seamer haha! They told me I’d be throwing the ball to Raymond, the Rays mascot. I could hear that the Trop was filling in and then the PA guy, I’m sure it was rusty, introduced each of us and told a little of our stories. There had been no preparation in my head for this haha! Cheers and cowbells rained down on us and we threw our pitches. Raymond missed the ball haha. I can’t remember who was there to tell me. Dave Haller? manda? Raymond came up to me and I think they got a picture of us. Talk about a blur! Jayden was like what is that thing and why is it hugging you? Then we were leaving the field. “Bye Field,” I said wistfully.

I was oh so ready to sit down in the suite and drink some water. It wasn’t over yet though. As we approached the suite, Neil Solondz was there ready to do my interview. We stood in the hall outside the suite as the game was starting. After the interview I mentioned having told Dave and Andy I’d stop by and bring cookies and Neil walked me to the booth. I had the first pitch ball with me and decided I would have everyone sign it. Dave and Andy were happy to see me again and during a break they wanted pictures. I asked them to sign the ball. I think I had Dave Haller sign it there too. It was tough to leave the booth again. the emotions of the day started welling big time and leaving Dave and andy was the cincher. I could feel tears spring to my eyes.

We were walking towards the suite and I was trying not to cry. I had a whole new group of people to meet that night and I was excited. Someone said my name and it was Professor Twain! That was it. I started bawling. Great way to meet someone for the first time eh? I through myself into his arms and my tears soaked his Tampa Smokies Jersey. Mrs. T was there too and we decided to take Jayden out for a potty break. He’d done a lot too! We almost lost Mrs. T coming back inside. Security stopped her. What? We called back to them that she was with us and they let her go. Crazy.

Finally we made it up and into the suite and I got to meet the others. Ed and his wife are from England and they brought me a bunch of British goodies! Not just for me either, goodies for Jayden, too! ed’s wife was telling me what everything was and I got a kick out of her saying “biscuits”. She’s so very British! That was a little later in the evening after I’d rested from the day and chugged water. I also desperately needed coffee which the suite didn’t have, so Ed ran out and got me a cup. Yay, friends!

I didn’t even use my radio during this game. Professor Twain sat next to me doing play-by-play. It was awesome! We thought we were going to be on the jumbotron for the seventh inning stretch but since I wasn’t with the other super fan hall of fame people, we weren’t. that was fine by me! There had been so much excitement that day, I’m not sure I could have handled more.

Mrs. T and I went and checked out the team store on the suite fllor. We had our own freaking team store! Butch came with us to by a hat. Mrs. T bought me a Longo shirt and a baseball bracelet! I swear I hardly spent any of my own money on that trip. While we were in the store I heard Metallica playing and knew that would be Grant Balfour coming into the game. Darnit, I was bummed to miss him. The Rays lost that night but they got him in for some work.

I was sad to leave the suite. It had been home for three games. They even let us keep stuff in there, like Jayden’s mat and stuff. A lot of pictures were taken with me and friends and Jayden and then it was time to go. “Bye suite, “I said wistfully.

What an amazing day! I’d be back the next day as a normal fan, sitting in normal seats. That hadn’t been the original plan, but I couldn’t be in St. Pete while the Rays were playing and not be at the Trop. So it was bye field and bye suite, but not bye Trop yet!

When I got back to my room I called B and got ready to pass out.

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Hanging With Ro Episode 7 – Baseball among other things

It was decided last night that another episode would be recorded today since Morgan wanted to give me ideas and she didn’t have school today. Sooo, I started recording before I was fully awake because I didn’t know what the day would bring and I wanted to get it done. It got interrupted before I covered everything I wanted, so there might be a 7.2 episode later, depending on things.

Topics include:

*Morgan’s blog post.

*Baseball, baseball, are you excited about baseball, baseball and baseball.

*Rays FanFest and calls from people like players named Sean Rodriguez.

*Twitter stuff, bombarding followers with giddy goofiness

*Is today the day after the president’s day holiday?

Of course there’s more and of corse Evan Longoria’s name was mentioned. I think even if you’re not a baseball nut, this is still a fun one.

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My Epic #RaysFanFest Recap

Today was such a whirlwind and I didn’t even leave my apartment. It was Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL, and I was stuck in Arizona. However, as long as you’re armed with a computer and a phone, you don’t have to miss everything in life. If you have fantastic friends on Twitter that is, which I do.

Last year, Matt Joyce called me from Fan Fest. This year, so much more happened. I began taking notes in a text document to try and capture it all, and just a bit ago got rid of the headache that was keeping me from writing. Excitement and nerves can cause some gnarly pain haha!

Two of my friends on Twitter, Amanda )@MandaGator) and Heather (@Rocky20106) had planned weeks ago to try and get me a call from a player at Fan Fest this year. Unlike last year, I’ve had plenty of time to look forward to it. Last year I had no idea anything so amazing could be orchestrated by a stranger until the day before. I still wonder whatever happened to that fan who got me a call from Matt Joyce. Anyway, back to today.

Last year I missed a call from Dave Wills. I had the voicemail he left saved for months before I lost it. This year, I didn’t miss his call. Here is how this morning went. I slept in a bit and had settled down to drink coffee and read Twitter after feeding Jayden. Let’s take this directly from the notes I took after the phone calls, shall we? (I’ve periodically added times and such to the notes but aside from that, they are as I jotted them down as the day went.)


9:58am Manda Texted telling me to get by my phone, told her I was and then shortly after another text, first calls coming in in 5 minutes.


The texts aren’t word for word, just what I jotted down as the morning progressed. At that point, I knew it was too early for the Phone-A-Fan thing to begin, so I wasn’t sure what she meant by “calls”. We had talked about having her just grab people, but I had no idea what to expect.


Dave was excited.

He said to let him know if I get there and I’ll get the royal treatment. Said he was glad not to leave me a voice mail like last year.


I knew his voice the moment he spoke and asked him if it was Dave Wills before he could tell me who he was haha! I don’t remember why I wrote, “Dave is excited”. I think he said he was excited to talk to me because he remembered getting my voice mail last year. I was very low on caffeine unfortunately so the memory is foggy. I do remember thinking I should have asked him if the royal treatment meant hanging out in the radio booth during a game. Oh, thinking back, I think he was excited the season was near, because we both mentioned that. He said he and Andy would be on my radio in a couple weeks. Yay!

Not long after that call ended, my phone chirped again. I had given Amanda the crickets ring tone so I’d know it was her and because crickets remind me of her. I answered the phone and it was Steve Carny! (@stevecarney)


Steve Carny was fun and scolded me for not being there, the one person he wanted to see was all the way in AZ haha!


When he got on the phone and said his name I got excited. He’s a name I hear a lot on Twitter and he had me laughing with his talk of disappointment I wasn’t there. He had me promising to be there next year and I said I’d start saving now.

Shortly after that call ended, more chirping. Neil Solondz!


Neil was very gracious, I asked if it was his first fan fest and he said yes, I could hear his wonderment over the phone. He said he’s usually in Durham this time of year, when he said his name I got excited, so I hope that made him feel very welcome, not that he isn’t already feeling welcome, but yeah. Very cool to talk to him.


I was very excited to talk to Neil Solondz. I listened to him call a number of triple A games last season and liked his voice and his knowledge of the game. He is the Rays new pre and post game host on the radio, news I was very happy about, so when he said his name into the phone, I gasped. I wasn’t expecting him and it was so cool! After he said this was his first Fan Fest, I said something about him meeting the crazy Rays fans. I think he definitely got to see how cool the Rays family is, as did Steve and Dave.

That was it for phone calls for a bit. Amanda and Heather basically just stuck the phone at people and asked them to talk to me hahaha!!! I love it! Can you sense my excitement? Are the unedited notes and tone of this post conveying to you just how amazing this was?

Oh, I think it was when Neil and I had wrapped up and he tried to get Amanda to talk to me, I could hear her and Heather in the background giggling, saying they weren’t talking to me. I asked about that on Twitter and they said they didn’t want to detract from the experience. Ladies, talking to you would have been a highlight. You can be honest and say you were conserving battery. 😉

I knew it was getting close to Phone-A-Fan time so when I didn’t get anymore calls, I figured the girls were in line. I started reading through Twitter and jotting down notes about the calls. If you tagged your tweets with #RaysFanFest, you could win prizes and/or have your tweet show up on the video board at the Trop.

I got a tweet from the Rays Baseball account addressed to me and a few others that read: “check the video board, your tweet will be up soon, thanks!!! #raysfanfest”


Which tweet? Hmmm. Apparently it was this one, and Heather got a picture:

@Raynaadi: The #RaysTwitterFamily is the best!!! They are totally making me feel like I’m at #RaysFanFest. Sooo coool!!!!!

But Claudia said I made it on the board again, so not sure.


Claudia (@RaysAndGymChick) said more than one of my tweets made it on the board and one of her tweets said something like, so you are here buddy. I was, wasn’t I? *grin*


Aaron let me know Dave Wills was on the radio so I tuned in online. I had just talked to him on the phone and there he was, back on the radio where he first became part of my life.


It really was awesome to hear him on the radio not long after talking to him on the phone. I left the radio broadcast streaming for the rest of Fan Fest, having forgotten 620 WDAE would be broadcasting live from the Trop. Steve Carny was on at one point and I got to experience the “whoa, I just talked to him” feeling again. So cool!


It’s 11 now, listening to the radio, tweeting with Morgan as we both wait for our call. Who will it be? Was it about 11:20? Manda’s ring tone chirped. It was Marc Topkin!! We actually talked baseball. Like, early talked baseball. He asked what I thought about the season, i told him 97 wins, the ALE was going to be hard, the whole AL was going to be hard, he talked about the west, we talked about Jonah Keri’s book and how Topkin was quoted, he said he was the consolation call and I got to say nooo I love him etc etc. It was awesome!


Marc Topkin writes for the Tampa Bay Times and I don’t believe any Rays news until I hear it from his Twitter account. He has been the Rays beat reporter since the beginning of the franchise and he was quoted several times in Jonah Keri’s book, “The Extra Two Percent”. We talked about that and had a good laugh and I got to tell him how much I enjoy his interviews with Dave Wills and Andy Freed before the games on the radio broadcasts. I couldn’t believe how easily we slipped into baseball talk and it was incredible to talk about the sport with someone like him. I think we can say I’m awe struck at the memory. I wonder if his prediction about the AL West will come true. Oh, what prediction you ask? I’m sorry, that’s between Marc Topkin and me.

All of the phone calls were amazing and each one was more unexpected than the previous, at least as far as the calls on Amanda’s phone were concerned. I really felt like I was there! Soon it was time to wonder which Ray I would talk to. Another Twitter friend of mine, Morgan (@morganfox19), who lives in Minnesota, was also waiting for a call from the Phone-A-Fan booth. Amanda was in line for me, Heather for Morgan. She’s a huge David Price fan and he was one making calls along with Sam Fuld between 11am and noon my time. Morgan and I were both on clock watch, wondering who we would talk to. I at least had the call from Marc Topkin to break up the wait haha!


Is Manda still in line? I don’t know what’s up.

Almost noon. Manda just texted and said a few minutes. Morgan is waiting still. Nervous making!


Morgan and I were chatting in direct messages, waiting. Heather was sending Morgan updates and she was getting closer and closer to David Price as the clock ticked closer to the end of his shift. I just wanted Morgan to be able to talk to him.

Just after noon my time, Morgan tweeted that she had just talked to Sean Rodriguez. I was about to reply to her that that was fast when my phone rang.


Ok, I think Morgan got the first call from Sean Rodriguez, I was right after her I think.

The call probably came in about 12:05 or so. I was jumping up and down, I couldn’t help it. I told him so. He laughed. We talked about AZ, he told me where he used to live, I told him I’m in {city}, he said he’s been here. I asked if he was excited for the season and then said that was a silly question, he laughed and said there’s no silly questions.

I paced all over the house while I talked, he said Manda was videoing, he was looking right at the camera. I don’t remember what else we said. Lots of laughing like there was with Matt Joyce. Oh, I said he’s doing great on Twitter, he said he had slowed down because they had just bought a house, like we were buddies talking about our daily lives. we talked about tweeting during the season, tweeting not eh planes and such.


It was incredible! We really did talk like we had been friends who had lost touch. When he explained he had slowed down on Twitter due to his new house, it really did feel like he was just filling in a friend. When he found out I live in Arizona, he fondly recalled where his home had been and how he had done spring training here when he played with the Angels.

I’m not sure what the last sentence in the notes meant haha! I know we talked about how the guys tweet when they travel and how he could do that now. Come to think of it, we talked quite a bit about tweeting during the season haha!

I’m pretty sure the call was longer than last year. In fact I remember thinking that while we were on the phone. I could have talked to him for hours. He was just so easy going and laughed a lot! I’m soooo glad it was him I got to talk to. David Price or Sam Fuld would have been awesome too, but I feel like I’ve just “gotten to know” Sean since he joined Twitter. I hope he wins the short stop job! He can really play just about anywhere in the infield though.

I’m pretty sure he said to make sure Manda and I keep in touch with him on Twitter as we wrapped up the call. Hopefully his end of the conversation will be audible in the video. I can’t wait for that!

After the call with Sean I just tried to get rid of my excitement induced headache. I started catching up on Twitter and took some more notes. I wonder when I finally started writing this. I know it’s a long post, but I had to capture as much of the memory as possible. Heather got video but I’m not sure I’ll have it before I post this.

Morgan already wrote her blog post about her phone call from Sean. I look forward to her Q & A with him when she posts it! It was so fun to wait with her for our phone calls, both of us being long distance Rays fans.

I’m going to close out this post with the remainder of the notes I took, after other friends began posting about their day at Fan Fest. Another huge highlight for me was when Kaitlyn posted a pic with the caption, “Me and Jeremy Hellickson!!! OMFG I CRIED MY EYES OUT!!! “. When I heard that, I knew she had met him, and she’s his biggest fan. Very, very happy making!

Today was amazing!!! So, so amazing!!! Thank you, Manda and Heather, for making this happen. I will never forget this! (How could I, with this epic post written?)

Here’s the remainder of the notes. I suppose this is where movie credits would roll haha!


Now I’m just tweeting, naturally had to tell everyone I talked to him. My head hurts so bad haha! nerves and excitement.

Nearly two hours later, Morgan and I are talking in direct messages about our experience talking to Sean. It’s great to be able to share this with another! Both of us are just so happy to have been able to talk within and since our friends stuck together, we talked to him back to back. Yep, she just said the call came in at 1:00 her time. I checked my recent calls and heard: Incoming, 727-873-**** FL, USA Last call: 12:03 pm.

It’s 2:56 pm now. I think FanFest will be wrapping up there at the Trop. The last couple hours are a blur. I’m completely exhausted and all I did was stay at home glued to my phone and Twitter haha! I’ve been nursing a pretty awful headache I think I gave myself. I haven’t yet begun to write the blog post. My brain feels too foggy. I definitely want to get the frost up today, though.

I just checked Twitter and Kaitlyn got to meet Jeremy! I was so excited I covered my face with my hands and started squealing.

Everyone is starting to tweet about their day at FanFest. I’m so glad Claudia had a great time.

Kaitlyn is telling me about Reid Brignac recognizing her from Twitter.

Another fan tweeted that Sean Rodriguez stayed an extra hour to make sure every kid got a call. Wow.

Oh, Sean signed Heahter’s jersey.


I just checked Twitter and I had a tweet from Dave Wills @davewills34, saying he was glad we were able to chat today and he looks forward to seeing me at a game at the Trop soon. How cool is that? I wonder how many long distance fans of other teams have this much fun? Thank you, entire Tampa Bay Rays staff!

I’m still here. Steve Carny tweeted about talking to me and hoping I’d make it there and then I got a tweet from a fan asking if I had been there. I feel a bit like a tiny Twitter celeb haha! Maybe that’s just hunger and exhaustion talking. I think I’m really going to go post this now.


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