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Well, it’s been over a month (or two?) since I sent the letter to Gary via fanmail, so I guess he either didn’t get it or thinks I’m some stalker freak LOL! I’m married with two kids and a pretty stable life (if not hectic and busy), so I’m far from a stalker. I just thought it would be neat to meet him since he coincidentally popped up where I live and maybe our kids could meet and play (I think I read somewhere he is married with children too). I put enough verifiable information in the letter to show I wasn’t a nutball and his parents could easily confirm that info (hey, they’re my god-parents!!). Oh well. OTOH, they have had a very busy strenuous season to date with a lot of time on the road, and his wife/kids may not even be living in the area (boy would that be hard having done the long-distance marriage thing for a while), so I won’t give up hope yet that he’ll get in touch maybe after the season is over.

Ok, back to baseball. I made this blog pink because my husband got me a pink Nationals baseball cap yesterday (a guilty “sorry” purchase for throwing my dress watch away after he broke it) and I’m female, so it seemed fitting, if not uber-masculine and baseball-y. My triathlon club friends have told me pink is the new black and in vogue anyway (my tri-bike saddle is pink to support breast cancer research and many of my cycling clothes are pink). Funny thing is, I’ve never been a big fan of pink since I was always a tomboy and redhead (errr strawberry blonde), but hey, the color seems to be creeping into my life and taking over lately.

I only got to watch the first game of the double header Wednesday night in Atlanta (I am LOVING RCN cable, gotta tell ya!), and Gary played. I’m still waiting for some spectacular play by him that I get to witness, but I’m certainly not going to knock him like other blogs do (what is up with that anyway?? Aside from the throw to second in a game a few days ago that allowed a 3rd base runner to steal home, I haven’t seen any major mistakes or anything and it’s not like ANYONE on that team has been hitting well lately except maybe Marlon Byrd). They lost the first game, but then I went out to dinner with friends and missed the second game, which they won.

I did watch last night’s game, though. Killer tension!! They did an amazing job tying the the score 7-7 from a 1-7 position! But then everything fizzled out. The game went into extra innings (yawn, I was soooo exhausted by 10 PM and still made it til 11 PM to see the whole thing). The killer bad play came when the runners turned around 2nd and 3rd. The ball was thrown home. At this point, the person running for third should have gone back to second because the catcher would have tried going for the runner on 3rd heading home and he had time. Instead, it was a rundown between the catcher and the Nat going for home. He went back to third, but there was another runner there who didn’t go back to second. Done deal, end of inning (this was the amazing tying inning and they still had men on base – coulda been SO good). I’m not sure if that was bad base coaching or just one of those “oopsie” things by the player(s). I can’t remember who was running at the time. I really wanted to sit there and blog the game as it happened, but was too tired to get up and fetch my laptop. And now I can’t remember the finer details. Oh well, such is life.

The Brave’s bullpen wasn’t so hot last night (awesome for us) until the end of the game (unfortunately when it mattered most). I wonder when Patterson will be back in our game? Although our bullpen has been fantastic. I was so happy for Bergmann the other night when he broke the hitting dry spell with is first major league hit (and pitched well to boot). That was so cute when they threw the ball to the dugout for him to save. Very nice.

I did wear my new pink baseball cap through most of the game. I started thinking maybe it was bad luck and took it off and rested it in my lap for a while. At that point is when they caught up in runs. But I think I was harboring silly superstitions since it didn’t help for the rest of the game!

Bad Juju weekend

Spent the weekend on the boat – couldn’t get the Nationals game in at night, but sat on the dock visiting with our new “neighbors” in the marina.

The next morning we cleaned the boat and locked it up and headed home. Ate lunch and went to the Nats game. They lost. More bad juju.

My mom tried emailing Gary through the Nats website, but didn’t hear any response. So I found the address for sending fan mail to particular players and sent a letter on Friday. I doubt he got it before the game, but just in case, I did mention we’d be there at Sunday’s game and where we sit.

So he was playing during this game too – so that was exciting. In fact, he hit a foul ball that went into our section, but was caught by the guy TWO STINKING ROWS directly in front of me!!! I was so bummed – I even went and told him my story that the guy who hit it was my first friend as an infant/toddler and it would mean a lot if he would let me have that ball LOL. No way was he parting with it! Oh well – I tried.

Man, what a great Nationals game last night!

My guy played the whole game (or at least from the 4th inning, when I started watching, on)… I got to see him catch and bat. Very kewl!! My husband and I were in a bar and I was hooting and hollering, but apparently we were the only ones really watching the game cuz no one else was, and there’s no way you couldn’t when…. The bases were loaded in the 8th inning, I said to my husband, “Man, a grand slam right now would be awesome! It would button up the game for sure!” And it wasn’t looking good – 2 outs. Wilkerson stepped up to the plate… and I held my breath thinking his fly was going to be caught… but over the wall it went. WOOHOO!! GRAND SLAM!! The first for the Nats. First full game pitched by Patterson and it was a shut-out. (See, my alternate catcher guy may not be so bad!) LOL.

So I found a “fan mail” address and instructions on their website, and dashed off a letter to my “first friend” which I’m going to go drop in the mail now. It probably won’t get to him before Sunday’s game (which we have tickets to go see), but oh well. We’ll see if he responds. I think it would be really neat to meet him. I almost cracked my joke about “we slept together but don’t remember it”… but decided to save that for in person *snort*. I don’t want him to think I’m some crazy fan who just wants to get it on with a baseball player. Egads!

I would imagine he doesn’t get much fan mail, so hopefully he’ll open it quickly.

I slept with a Nationals baseball player

When we were infants/toddlers LOL.

My mom just emailed me that when she saw his name (Gary Bennett) and heard he was born in Waukegan while watching a game, so she looked up his birthday. He was born a couple months before me. So she knew who he was/is – she was best friends with his mom and her husband was friends with my bio dad. I remember seeing his name in my baby book (gonna have to look it up when I get home). My mom says they were pregnant together and she thinks his mom is my godmother (lol I can’t believe she can’t remember for sure!). We used to get put down in the same crib.

So I dug out my baby book and sure enough, one of my first gifts was a sweater set from his family, he’s listed as my first friend, and BOTH his parents are my god parents. How cool is that?? Of course, we moved from there when I was about 4 and I have no memory of them other than one potty training incident at their house lol.

Small world – how cool is that?!

I mentioned it at work, but everyone kinda scoffed and said, “the *alternate” catcher? Big deal.” Well, I still think it’s really neat-o! I can’t wait to watch a game where he plays.