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Extra Innings

 

Back at School! .... yes, it is a fixer-upper!

Back at School! .... yes, it is a fixer-upper!

 

Wow, it has been far, far too long since I let all my readers (yes, plural…Mom, Dad, Hillery) hear about the ins-and-outs of MILB. For times sake, yours and mine, I will just quickly re-cap basically the rest of the summer:

-The All-Star Game was great–so much fun!  (side note: our entire party deck was destroyed in an HORRIFIC storm the night before the game…with a quick cleanup and a few repairs, we were still able to have a few beer/drink remotes on the deck. )

-The Miracle went through a couple weeks of EXTREMELY long games (4-41/2 hours each) that made for some REALLY long workdays.

-The Miracle made several roster moves, and even had a member of the 2008 Miracle “make it”…. Jeff Manship was called up by the Twins in mid-August and has been pitching great!  Steve Singleton also got called up to AA  and had a great remainder of the season in New Britain.

-Speaking of Singleton, I might add that I was his partner during baseball camp  and got nailed directly in the shin which resulted in a nasty bruise…no defense on his part.  I was soon delegated to just throwing baseballs back into the bucket. 

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-Not only did I pass Econ (phew!), I also took Spanish II and Government….I highly suggest taking summer classes!

-One of the other interns (Taylor) and I became BFF’s (I know you appreciate ‘abbrev’s’, Hill) and I talk to her a few times a week while she is at school in North Carolina

-My roommate over the summer, Tracey, moved into a new condo with some girls she works with.  She still works on the beach at a resort, lucky her! (ROUGH LIFE, T-MONEY!).

-I moved back to Indiana on August 14th and got to spend a couple days at the lake with my family…great to see everyone!  I also got to go back up during Labor Day weekend with my family and some friends.  My wake-boarding skills were a little rough, considering it had been over a year since I had last been out on the water!

So, now we’re back to the present, and I am currently finding myself with about 45 minutes of extra time before my next class, which is highly unusual. I’m taking 15 credit hours, and my K300 Stats class has been one of the most challenging classes I have ever taken.  I wish I could say I liked challenges (and I do, just not mathematical ones), but when its detrimental to my GPA I feel a little disgruntled towards the subject.  Spanish III is also a challenge, but I try to remember that knowing Spanish is essential in the sports world, especially baseball. 

My schedule isn’t the best; I usually like to get all my classes out of the way by two or three in the afternoon so I have the rest of the day to work, study, or here lately, JOB SEARCH!  But, alas, that is not the case this semester and my classes start at one or later every afternoon, except for Friday (my 7th semester without Friday class!).

When I do have spare time, I’m an active member of IU’s Hoosier Sports Business Organization and volunteer in the IU Athletic Media Relations Department.  Oops, did I say spare time?  I wrote that last line almost two days ago, and here I am, on the 1st floor of IU’s library, procrastinating studying for my Stats test tomorrow.  So no, this is not spare time.  This is time being wasted.  But….as John Lennon said…”Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”  

So here’s to me, for wasting time.  And here’s to you, for reading this.  I thank you, and will be back again soon!

 

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FSL South 1st Half Division Champs!

1st Half South Division Champs!

~All-Star Game~

Chris Parmelee, Champion of the HR Derby!

Chris Parmelee, Champion of the HR Derby!

Hey fans (if there are any out there…)!   I know I have been a little here-and-there on my updates, but I am in the middle of taking Spanish II and Gov, on top of working,so life is a little busy right now! On a GREAT note, Econ ended well and my grade will transfer back to IU as I had planned. 

  Anyway, the Miracle wrapped up the first half of the season by clinching the FSL 1st Half Division title and hosting the 2009 Florida State League All-Star Game. It turned out to be about a 29-hour work weekend (Friday and Saturday) but it was a great time and the Miracle received compliments right and left about the production of the entire weekend.  The South lost the game, but our own Chris Parmelee won the FSL All-Star Game Home Run Derby!  Starlin Castro of Daytona was the MVP of the game, going 4-for-4 on night.   

Here are a few links to some interesting game recaps and photos!  

http://www.miraclebaseball.com/news/?id=7579  (Miracle Recap)

http://www.miraclebaseball.com/fanzone/index.php?cat_id= 

 http://prismpressgroup.org/?p=3775 (GREAT pictures by Prism Press Group!)

http://prismpressgroup.org/?p=3956 (All-Star Game overview and recap)

http://prismpressgroup.org/?p=3953 (HR Derby coverage)

Prism Press Group did a great job with their coverage of the game, and Dave Dorsey, of the News Press, had his story (the Miracle recap) featured on MiLB.com!

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Draft Review

IU Pitcher Matt Bashore

IU Pitcher Eric Arnett

IU Catcher Josh Phegley

 

Just a quick post to keep you updated after Day 1 of the Draft!  Highlighted is the TWINS PICK OF INDIANA HOOSIER PLAYER MATT BASHORE!  Congrats! Eric Arnett of the Hoosier was also drafted to the Brewers, while Hoosier Josh Phegley was selected by the the Chicago White Sox!

http://www.examiner.com/x-8981-Minnesota-Twins-Examiner~y2009m6d9-Twins-draft-review–part-one  (review of Twins picks)

http://www.indysportsnation.com/isn-060909-hoosiers-mlb-draft,0,1117643.story ( review of Bashore, Phegley, Arnett)

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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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J is for Jo!

My Roomie!! 

Trace and I last summer working for the Miracle!

Trace and I last summer working for the Miracle!

 Forgot to mention on my earlier spiel that I now have a roommate!  Tracey was an intern last summer with the Miracle and she just graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.  I am so excited to not come home to an empty house anymore!  Trace has an internship with Sunstream, a company that oversees multiple hotels and resorts between Naples and Fort Myers Beach, including The Ritz Naples. 

It’s going to be a great summer “OHHHH 9!”

 

LET-JLET-O

 

I have recently been asked a few times what the “J” in NJP stands for…and good guess, but no, it is not Jean!

It’s actually Jo, and before that, it was Elizabeth.  Yep, I formerly was Natalie Elizabeth Platt from about March of 1987 until probably about April of 1987.  Apparently, the couple that parent me thought Natalie Elizabeth Platt was too long of a name, thus legally changing it to “Jo.”  Eight  Nine letters to two… couldn’t find a middle ground there of five or six letters, mom? 

But that’s ok, because my mom’s middle name is Jo too. And my daughter’s middle name will probably also be Jo. 

As long as we’re on the topic, my mom’s top picks for my name were: 

1) Natalie

2) Caroline

3) Berkley —->  a name I used to think was hideous, but I think it’s kind of quirky now. 

And if I was a boy, Evan Michael.  That was after the fact that she wanted to name me Rhett and after the fact  my dad said “Rhett Platt up to bat” sounded silly. 

So here I am, NJP, or Natalie Jo Platt.  

🙂

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