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Miracle News and Player Profiles!

 

Our beautiful stadium--Home of the Spring Training MN Twins and Fort Myers Miracle!

Our beautiful stadium--Home of the Spring Training MN Twins and Fort Myers Miracle!

 The Miracle are currently 34-19 and in FIRST PLACE IN THE FSL SOUTH!  We’re (not that I technically play but…) 6 1/2 games ahead of the Charlotte Rays, our I-75 rival.  After a few bumpy games in the past week or so, including a season long 3-game losing streak, we’ve (again, there is no jersey bearing my last name on the back) beat Clearwater the past two nights by 1 run a piece.  LHP Spencer Steedley is 4-0 with an 0.67 ERA and Ben Revere is hitting .339 through last night.  The All-Star game is coming up on June 20th (and it’s @ our stadium!) and we have a record 8 All-Stars on the South team, including, P David Bromberg, P Spencer Steedley, P Carlos Gutierrez (will not play due to AA promotion), C Danny Lehmann, OF Ben Revere, SS Chris Cates, OF Chris Parmelee, and IF Steve Singleton. 

I am doing short, fun player profiles on our All-Stars, and have 3 to share with you all that I did yesterday!  

1616.jpeg.300Name: Chris Cates

My family: The most important people, ever.

Best concert I’ve been to: Keith Anderson

Playing baseball at Louisville was: Awesome and unforgettable

Best road trip city: Tampa, because it’s my home town

I have always wanted to: Host my own talk show

I’m known for: My height

On a day off I: Go home and spend time with my family

Favorite food: Pizza

Day or night: Both

Fort Myers is: Nice

 

1627.jpeg.300Name: Ben Revere

Funniest teammate: Chris Cates

Best dressed on the team: David Bromberg

The next car I buy: Lamborghini

Team with the best uniforms in FSL: Charlotte Stone Crabs

Lexington, KY is: No place like home

My family: The love of my life

Favorite city: Atlanta

After a game I usually: Eat

Best advice: Play hard every day

Favorite dessert: Twizzlers 

 

1630.jpeg.300Name: Steve Singleton

California: Beautiful

In my refrigerator: Gatorade and a watermelon

Biggest pet peeve: Floating debris in my water at restaurants

Best Halloween costume I ever had: Officer Jones from Reno 911

Early Bird or Night owl: Early bird

Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

If I could be anyone, I would be: Tiger Woods

Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi

Siblings: 1 brother

iPhone or BlackBerry: iPhone

 

I will hopefully finish up the other 4 today and get them posted soon!  

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Peace, Red Sox, & Rain

 

 

Amanda, Alicia, Me, & Sarah before the game!

Amanda, Alicia, Me, & Sarah before the game!

Just a couple new pictures from work and life!  We had “Party in Polyester” (aka 70’s night) @ the stadium the other night (I think I thought I was Disco Barbie) and I also went to the Rays-Red Sox game a couple weeks ago.  Also, after an EPIC tarp pull on Wednesday, (in which the tarp did NOT make it across the field…it got stuck, thus forcing the cancellation of the game…which would have been cancelled anyway due to the torrential downpour), I documented the aftermath of our field…. enjoy!

 

Gary (Media Relations Director) and I! Peace :)

Gary (Media Relations Director) and I! Peace 🙂

I also had a good time @ The Trop… made a road trip up to Tampa with Amanda (game-day intern), Josh (Food and Bev asst.) and Caity (fellow friend, blogger, and Twitter’er.)

 

Amanda and I tailgating in downtown Tampa!

Amanda and I tailgating in downtown Tampa!

So, the grounds crew said they “were already planning on ‘re-sodding the infield’ but we I have a high suspicion the tarp pull on Wednesday night might have had a hand in this mess: 

 

Weather: Sunny. Infield: Gone

Weather: Sunny. Infield: Gone

Progressing…

 

Weather: Looming clouds.  Infield: Coming along

Weather: Looming clouds. Infield: Coming along

Wruh-Wroh…

 

Weather: Torrential downpour waiting to happen Field: Grounds crew still on it..

Weather: Torrential downpour waiting to happen Field: Grounds crew still on it..

Sh%#!

 

Weather: Torrential hurricane-like downpour aftermath. Field: Pitching mound sliding towards Visitor's dugout...

Weather: Torrential hurricane-like downpour aftermath. Field: Pitching mound sliding towards Visitor's dugout...

No worries, the grounds crew has been hard at work today.  Good thing… we have a home-stand starting on Wednesday!

Happy Friday Funday!

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Chris Parmelee & David Bromberg Feature

 

Parmelee and Bromberg currently play at this beautiful field, Hammond Stadium.

Parmelee and Bromberg currently play at this beautiful field, Hammond Stadium.

Our second Miracle program comes out soon, and our Media Relations Director, Mr. Gary Sharp, graciously allowed me to write a feature on a couple of our players.  After a few tweaks and constructive criticism from my editor ( initials G.S…), I am happy with my story and am looking forward to writing more of them!  As an IU School of Journalism student, I’m just trying keep up on my writing and hopefully display what I have learned while there…see mom and dad, I really do go to class! 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy getting to know two of our great players..our team is full of them!

 

 

LET-M-M

 

 

inor league baseball is a job. It’s a commitment. It’s fun.  For two Fort Myers Miracle players from California, it’s a passion.

Chris Parmelee, the Twins first round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, has had a passion for the game of baseball since he was four-years-old, playing catch after school with his dad.

“You know the kids you see at the park playing catch with their dad two or three times a week?  That was me, but every single day. All I could think about was baseball,” said the Chino Hills native.

Parmelee credits part of his love for playing everyday to the team chemistry of this year’s Miracle.  Between watching countless movies on road trips and getting together off the field, playing with same guys day in and day out has become fun.

“We definitely all mesh together really well.  Most of us have been playing together for a couple years and all the guys have a great attitude,” said Parmelee.

The soft-spoken 21-year-old’s dedication to the sport is obvious when he talks about his favorite part of the 140 regular-season game schedule.

“There is nothing better for someone who loves baseball to be able to play every day, and there is nothing better than putting on a uniform and going out there.  All I could think about all day when I was younger was playing baseball, and things really didn’t change as I got older,” Parmelee said.

To David Bromberg, the Twins 32nd round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, baseball gave him an opportunity.

“I hung out with the wrong people when I was younger and I was given a choice: either focus on baseball and start being around the right people or go no where.  I choose baseball,” said Bromberg.

Bromberg learned how to carry himself on and off the field, even when he’s not successful. 

“When I fail, I always ask how I am going to carry myself to the next start.  I’m a little upset at first, but I just think about what I did and remember that tomorrow, whether it concerns baseball or not, is a new day and pray the Lord be with me,” the tall right-hander said.

The Los Angeles native credits his dad, along with his baseball coach at Pacific Palisades High, Tom Seyler, as the men who have factored in his success, along with one special fan.

J.R. Bromberg, David’s 19-year-old brother, was drafted by the Twins in the 2007 First Year Amateur Player Draft, but now plays at Fresno State.

“We listen to each other’s games when we can,” said Bromberg.  “J.R. calls me up after a game, and I’ll call him after his.  It’s awesome to be able to pump each other up.”

At the end of the day, with the support of his family and coaches, the promising pitcher simply loves baseball.

“I love the game, the fans, and being on the mound.  The little fans are the best, and I’ll always take time to talk to them and sign autographs,” the smiling pitcher said. “ I just want everyone to know there is nothing else I would rather be doing and I’m happy to be here.”

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Spring Training is Here!

 

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It’s a breezy 80 degrees and sunny today here in Ft. Myers–what a great day to be working outside! I wear “work clothes” to work everyday but somehow find myself in my Nike running shorts and t-shirt by lunch…. there is lots of moving and cleaning that has to be done before Spring Training oficially starts. Today, I’m taking down the old billboards in the outfield–not a bad gig when the weather is this great!

New faces are starting to appear at the stadium–today it was the Twin’s clubhouse manager, “Hotrod,” and other guys from MN helping unload boxes and boxes of Gatorade and other clubhouse essentials. It’s nice to have a little activity down here–can’t wait until things really pick up tomorrow, when the Twin’s truck arrives with everything else for the clubhouse and players.

It’s amazing to me that I will be soon passing people like Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau down in the tunnel… as a sports fan, it’s hard to differenciate how I veiw them (sports celebrity) and how they view themselves (regular twenty-something-year-old).

Little boys dream of being like these guys the first day their dad’s teach them to play catch–I can’t imagine how Mauer feels knowing that every spring brings a new season of nights under the lights and every fall brings the opportunity of being Mr. October.

“You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you” -Roy Campanella

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Back!

Wow…I’ve been so busy!! We moved our offices from upstairs on the 3rd floor to down in the tunnel so the Twins front office can move in for Spring Training… that was some serious moving! Annnd we get to move it all back up in about 6 weeks. Anyway, I don’t have the Internet downstairs yet and I have been too tired when I get home so that’s why I am a little behind!

Anyway, my uncle Mike and my 90-year-old Grandpa are here for a little vacation until March 11th…. Actually, they already had this planned before I got this job, therefor, I’m the one intruding on their space. I was a little nervous at first, but it’s great hearing that I “sure look pretty” every morning before I go to work, and that my cooking is “perfect!” Good ‘ol G-Pa. He is such a sweet old guy! Having “guests” has improved my cooking– it’s nice to have people enjoy what you make! Last night, my uncle said it was “restaurant worthy.” I’m not sure about that, but I’l take it!

It’s also nice to have my Grandpa around, seeing that he is 90. I feel very lucky I get to spend this much time with him. He’s pretty funny and says the funniest things…partly due to memory loss and partly because he is catching up on all the times my Grandma didn’t leave him any room to say anything! Shout-out to G-Ma Helen….G-Pa and I (and everyone) love and miss you very, very much, 9-20-06.

My mom and Aunt TIsh get here in 2 weeks for a 2 week vacation… going to be a full house! Oh, I also joined a new gym and absolutely love ANYTIME FITNESS! I got my booty kicked tonight at class. If I thought I was working out hard before, I was sooo wrong. Their staff (props to chris, michael, & matt!) is awesome and I actually ENJOY working out now.

Hope everyone is surviving the cold and snow up North!

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I’m A Floridian!

If my title doesn’t explain it, I’m an intern… I earn a small paycheck, I happily make copies, and my title is actually an “administrative assistant.” I want to thank the Fort Myers Miracle for their efforts in making my job sounding as professional as possible :).

On that note, my job entails ‘administrating assisting’ the Minnesota Twins during Spring Training (Feb, March, April) and their single A minor league team, the Fort Myers Miracle (April, May, June, July, August).

I got my start last summer as a game day intern for the Miracle– I worked only on game days and danced my way through the season…literally. A Miracle game is not complete without the Chicken Dance and YMCA…classic baseball game entertainment performed by a selection of lucky game-goers and yours truly. Between planning and performing countless other on-field games, I decided I kind of liked this gig–enough to do a semester internship by earning school credit and staying until the end of the Miracle season for my second summer in Fort Myers…promotion: head intern!

You must be on the edge of your seats by now, so I’ll let the anticipation build until tomorrow when I am at the office 🙂

A quote I heard last week at the Florida State League Intern Boot Camp… “Don’t point the gun at him, he’s an unpaid intern!”

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