I’m Feeling Kind Of Blah

Blah. That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. The Phillies certainly haven’t been doing anything to inspire me. After being swept by the Mets last week in that short two-game series, they dropped two of three to the Braves over the weekend. Thankfully, they didn’t play yesterday.

I’ve also discovered that I seem to be on the opposite schedule from most of you – while other bloggers seem to post more on the weekends, I often don’t have an opportunity to blog until the kids are back to school on Monday. Now I’m trying to get caught up on all the entries I missed reading over the past few days!

Not that I didn’t do anything baseball-related over the weekend. We were actually quite busy.

My 7-year-old daughter had softball games on Friday night and Saturday morning. Saturday’s game was at 9 a.m. – unfortunately neither she nor I are morning people! Here she is on Friday night, having just made contact with the ball:

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And here she is the next morning, running to first:

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Right after her game, my 10-year-old son had a baseball game. He pitched two innings in this game – his first inning was great, retiring the side in order, but things kind of fell apart his second inning. He almost squirmed out of a bases loaded jam with no outs, getting two strikeouts, but it was not to be.

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Later in the game, he was playing shortstop, and here is about to throw the ball to first:

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One of the things I don’t like about taking pictures at their games is that there always seems to be a view of the parking lot behind the action. There are very few angles I can shoot at which won’t have a car in the background. Aargh.

Later, we went to see the Reading Phillies host the Altoona Curve, double-A affiliate of the Pirates. Each year the league my kids play in has a night at Reading where they get to walk around the field on the warning track prior to the game. For even more fun, there were fireworks after the game.

During pre-game warmups, this Reading player looks like he is practicing for a career with the Rockettes, just in case this baseball thing doesn’t work out:

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Phillies pitching prospect Joe Savery was on the mound:

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R-Phils centerfielder Quintin Berry has a blog here on MLBlogs called Q-Tip. I wish he would update it more frequently! He is also featured in two photos from the game. Here he appears to be making his bat levitate with mind power:

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Actually, he has just drawn a walk, and dropped his bat, although I caught it before it hit the ground.

After a foul tip knocked the mask off the catcher, no one seems to want to touch the ball (maybe the catcher had cooties!):

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Lastly, this guy has one of those classic names that can only belong to a baseball player:

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R-Phils catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. Seriously, can you imagine someone named Tuffy as an accountant, doctor, or a lawyer? I think not.

Although the R-Phils dropped this game by a score of 4-2, the fireworks after the game more than made up for the lack of fireworks during the game.

The big-league Phillies are back in action tonight, as they begin a three-game home set against the Manny-less Dodgers. As Manny is currently serving his suspension, I will be spared the sight of him with that mouthpiece spending more time out of his mouth than in.

(all photos by me)

6 Comments

I love the pictures of your children! Great contact by your daughter and you can see your son’s intensity in the second photo. And Tuffy? Maybe if baseball doesn’t work out he can get a job as a dog groomer, specializing in poodles; giving them little “tuffs” of hair! Okay – it’s the best I can do today!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Love the dog groomer remark, Julia. And yes, the photos of your kid’s games are really cool. Hope the game was fun. I’m going to a Double A game on Friday, unforunitally, the Phillies aren’t playing New Britain.

http://irishsoxkid19.mlblogs.com

Even on a blah day you come up with a good post, Sue! The pics are great. I love that your daughter can actually hit the ball, given that I was a swing-and-miss kid. As for your son – hey, it’s tough to pitch!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Julia – Thanks! It’s always fun taking photos at kids games – the expressions on their faces can be priceless! Turns out Tuffy’s real name is James, so I guess he could use that once he needs to get a “real” job.
Irishsoxkid – Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the game on Friday. I love going to minor league games – smaller crowds, more intimate ballparks, and sometimes really goofy stuff going on between innings.
Jane – Thanks! My daughter does in fact swing and miss quite a few times. That photo was the result of really fortuitous timing!

I feel the exact same way about the weekends; obviously it’s not kids keeping me busy, but there always seems to be something else going on so I never seem to find time to post a blog. Great pictures of your kids! Sounds like you had a great baseball/softball-filled weekend!
Paige
http://bestof162.mlblogs.com

I love the pictures of your kids! I used to play softball. It was a lot of fun. I also love the pictures of the Minor League game. You are a great photographer and I love seeing all of your pictures. And Tuffy Gosewisch is a great name for a baseball player.
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

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