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On the eve of the NLCS, I am sitting here typing away as a nervous wreck. Everyone around me, is predicting a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series. I hold my breath when they speak of it. I knock on wood. I cross every limb. Funny how superstitious one gets when the thing you want so badly is completely and totally out of your hands.
Could you imagine a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series? Torre against his old rivals. Manny against the team still paying his salary and the fans that turned against him. Wow. Emotions will run high.
But first we have to make it past the Phillies. They have a lot of lefties in their lineup. I wonder how we will match up considering our lack of lefty pitchers. Sometimes, the numbers kill me. Stats are an important part of the game. And on paper, this looks like it may be a tough series for us. The stats don’t cover heart and chemistry though. If we can pick up where we left off last week, I think we are unstoppable.
I can’t begin to express what it felt like to watch the Dodgers sweep the Cubs. All the media experts picked the Cubs in that series. That’s okay. Keep underestimating us. We don’t mind. It only makes for a better story in the end.
I leave you now with this YouTube video.
This has made me laugh out loud numerous times. If we win the World Series, I hope Joe Biemel, Manny, Russell, and Furcal remake this.
And here are some photos of the game last Saturday:
It is hard to believe that the season is over. Where does the time go? It really does speed up the older you get. To all my readers in your twenties: Enjoy it. Don’t rush. Bask in the glory of this time in your life.
I hate the end of regular season baseball. Not only because it means that we will shortly be without baseball, but also because it means winter is coming. That’s another thing about baseball that I love. I love that it is so representative of a passing year and time. The postseason brings fall. The offseason brings winter. Spring Training brings the promise of the summer and a clean slate.
The season has had its ups and downs but overall, it was a great reminder of what I love about the sport. With a little bit of hope, an amazing skipper, and a player with a big bat and a seemingly bigger heart, the boys in blue fought the good fight and made it to the postseason.
I just want to take a moment to thank St. Louis for their unbelievable hospitality during my visit. Thank you, St. Louis Cardinals and thank you to everyone who stood in line and supported the TOUCH appearance (Kent Loan and CJ – you are the best!). I truly had a wonderful time and will remember it with great fondness. I am such a lucky girl.
Here are some pictures from the event:
See you in the postseason! We’re back!
Four games against the Pirates, six against the Giants, and three against the Padres. That’s all that stands in the way of a trip back to the postseason, and everyone knows that all you have to do is be one of the eight these days and anything can happen. Obviously I am happy with a 4 1/2-game lead entering the Pirates series. Let’s take it one game at a time and GO BLUE! In the meantime, thanks for your continued comments and I wanted to pass along this press release for my upcoming appearance in St. Louis for TOUCH. I look forward to meeting more fans.
ALYSSA MILANO SHOWS OFF HIGH-END CARDINALS FASHION FOR WOMEN AT BUSCH STADIUM SEPT. 26
Sportservice, the Food and Retail Provider at Busch Stadium, Welcomes Actress and Fashion Designer Alyssa Milano for an Autograph Signing for her TOUCH Fashion Collection
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 12, 2008) – Cardinals fans purchasing their favorite team’s apparel will receive more for their money on Friday, Sept. 26. Thanks to the St. Louis Cardinals and Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the food service and retail provider at Busch Stadium, actress Alyssa Milano will be greeting Cardinals fans from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for a promotional autograph signing of her TOUCH clothing line at the Official Cardinals Team Store.
“I created TOUCH for women who love sports as much as I do and want to be comfy, but still stylish, while cheering on their favorite team,” said Alyssa Milano. “Cardinals fans are known for their passion for their team, and I was inspired to create the TOUCH collection for exactly that kind of fan!”
Milano, a celebrated actress best known for her role on the hit television shows “Charmed” and “Who’s the Boss,” created the women’s fashion line TOUCH by Alyssa Milano to give female fans a chic option for sporting their team’s logo. Major League Baseball and G-III Sports partnered with Milano to bring the TOUCH collection to baseball stadiums across the country, including Busch Stadium and select retailers.
“The St. Louis Cardinals and Sportservice have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to providing St. Louis fans with the most innovative, fashion-forward apparel available. We’re proud to have been one of the front-runners in offering fans Alyssa’s wildly popular fashions,” said Loren Pawlitz, Sportservice retail manager at Busch Stadium. “Women appreciate the versatility of the TOUCH line because it’s both stylish and comfortable, and the pieces are hip enough to transition to post-game celebrations.”
Sportservice oversees all retail operations within Busch Stadium and was instrumental in bringing Milano to St. Louis for this event. Retail managers made the decision to carry Milano’s line in 2007, in response to fans’ needs. Milano’s TOUCH line is one of hundreds of retail options making the Official Cardinals Team Store one of the most diverse and authentic selections of Cardinals merchandise available.
“We’re thrilled to host Alyssa and are excited to see the fans’ reactions,” added Pawlitz. “Cardinals fans are some of the most passionate fans in the country, and we have no doubt they’ll convey this enthusiasm when they welcome Alyssa to St. Louis for this special event.”
Firstly, I just want to say thank you to all those who left words of support regarding SINGLE WITH PARENTS being picked up. I am extremely appreciative that ABC has given me the opportunity to be on the network and hope that you guys like the show. I can’t wait to start filming.
Now, on to why we are all here — VERY IMPORTANT SERIES THIS WEEKEND AGAINST THE D-BACKS! Oh God, it gives me heartburn. We’re a game and a half behind Arizona. There are 22 games left to go. You do the math. Dodger Dugout has listed our numbers this season against the D’Backs, so take a look.
And now I pose a question:
Do you think it is a coincidence that the Dodgers have been winning ever since Jeff Kent, the supposed “clubhouse cancer,” hasn’t been in the clubhouse?
P.S. I was being sarcastic in my last post about the K.M.I.L.A.F. Jeeze, tough crowd. But Manny did wave to me from the dugout Wednesday night so if he keeps that up, I may just defer my weekly paychecks from SINGLE WITH PARENTS to help the McCourts out. Yup. Team player here. Again…sarcastic. (My weekly paychecks probably couldn’t even pay for Manny’s dreadlock maintenance.)
Even though by my amateur estimation there will be (something like) $50 million freed up in salary, there is a lot of talk that the Dodgers won’t be able to keep Manny in L.A. next season, because his free agency price tag might be too steep.
How about this for an idea on how we can afford Manny next season? For every home game remaining, we should pass around a collection basket at the stadium. You know, like the collection baskets at church. We can call it the “Keep Manny In L.A. Fund.”
Let’s say the Dodgers average 48,000 fans for the remaining 20 home games, and everyone puts $10 into the “Keep Manny In L.A. Fund.” That’s $480,000 a game and $9.6 million total. Add that to the $50 million in other contracts that will come off the books, and you have 59.6 million. That means the McCourts only would have to come up with another $40.4 million to reach the $100 million contract Manny most likely is seeking. Piece of cake.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to give him up. The energy he has brought to the team and the stadium is something that I haven’t felt in a long time. It’s amazing how one MANny can make a difference. And not to mention, how he can get us to wear these ridiculous wigs:
I was in the middle of writing an entry blasting the Dodgers for not doing anything significant before the Trade Deadline and then, out of nowhere, my cell phone chimed alerting me of a text message. I expected to look down and see an MLB Text Alert saying, “Yup Alyssa, the Dodgers are lame,” but low and behold, instead it was an MLB alert that read, “Alyssa, the Dodgers got freaking Manny Ramirez!” Well, that’s not really what it said but … wow.
Now I am getting an email. I’ll be right back.
Ummmm. Okay. There were two emails in my inbox. One was an email from a friend/baseball insider that said “Congrats. Might be an interesting dynamic with Torre” and the other was from my Dad and he said, “I can’t even imagine Jeff Kent and Manny in the same clubhouse but I’m glad Ethier is safe.”
Oh, the drama.
Hold on. Another email.
Okay. Boston is paying the remainder of Manny’s contract. We didn’t have to give up Kemp, Loney or Ethier. We now definitely don’t have to play Jones (release him).
Oh. Another email. Hold please.
I’m back. It was Kevin Kennedy. His email said, “This is a difference maker. We will win the division.” From his mouth, to God’s ears. I love Kevin Kennedy. I love him. He is so passionate about the Dodgers.
Holy cow! Ding.
Another email. Jeeze. Sorry. Be right back.
It was Rachael (my brother’s sweet girlfriend). The subject said, “OMG”. Her email said, “M A N N Y” and that was it.
So, where was I? Oh yeah. Okay. Big bat. Didn’t have to give up much to get him.
When I was in Boston last year doing the postseason coverage for TBS, I met Manny in the parking lot. He rolled down his VERY tinted window of his VERY expensive car and said…
DEAR GOD PEOPLE STOP EMAILING ME!!!! I’m writing over here!!! Hold on a sec. So sorry.
Ha! It was a very disgruntled Red Sox fan/friend of mine. Ha! He is so bitter. He said, “Manny is now YOUR headache.” Paging Dr. Bitterman. Dr. Bitterman, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
Anyway, Manny rolled down his window and said “Hi Aleeeeesa. How are you?” I told him that it was nice to meet him and he smiled and rolled up his window and that was it. Kind of an anticlimactic story but it was cool to get to meet him.
I LOVE BASEBALL!!!!! I FREAKING LOVE IT!!!!
I leave you now to go reply to all those emails in my inbox regarding our new outfielder. Talk amongst yourselves and let me know what you think.
Well, there’s no question that Casey Blake will potentially produce more than Andy LaRoche or Blake DeWitt. Could another trade be in the works now that we have a surplus at third and we didn’t have to expand payroll to get Blake? The Indians will pay the remainder of his contract. He is a free agent after this year.
P.S. Last night’s win was a great all-around team effort.
P.P.S. Andre Ethier (who just posted a new restaurant review to his MLBlog) deserves to play every day. If we aren’t going to give him that chance here then let’s trade him (even though that would bum me out) so he gets that opportunity someplace else.
I really can’t put into words what the last week has been like for me. It goes beyond baseball. It goes beyond TOUCH. Sure, it starts with both of those things that I am blessed to have in my life and ends with love and family. In between are the spectrum of memorable moments and a game that blew me away.
As my regular blog readers know from my previous post, my trip actually started last week in Philly where the fans and the Phillies organization took very good care of me at Citizens Bank Park. I always get nervous before a personal appearance for Touch. I think, “Oh God. What if no one shows up and there’s only a couple of people?” And to be honest, I’m always surprised when people do show up. So to all who did, thank you. I so appreciate the support. And to all the female fans who have embraced and donned Touch, I promise to continue to put out collections that make you proud to wear the brand. The icing on the very delicious cake was that I was given a ball signed by the entire Phillies team and the Cardinals bullpen signed a hat for me. Hellllloooo? I was so excited — I squealed. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t add that I made an inspiring new friend named Megan while there. Megan, if you are reading this, it was such a pleasure meeting you and your parents. You are the bee’s knees and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
After the game on Thursday we drove to New York and checked into the hotel. I slept like a rock. On Friday, I went shopping with my Aunt Toni. I met her at her store in Soho. It’s the Korres store. Korres is a Greek natural beauty line. Guava Body Butter. Yum. We then proceeded to do some sprint shopping in the area. Friday night, Aunt Toni took me to see the musical Spring Awakening (Buzz: Facebook | Myspace ). All I can say is: “Wow.” It is such a special show. The cast is unbelievably talented. If you are ever in the New York area you should definitely check it out. There is nothing more inspiring than good theater. On Saturday, I went with my cousin Jesse to see my Nanny Honey. We had fun. Saturday night, the rest of the family arrived from Los Angeles for the All-Star Game festivities. I was happy we were all together. I am very close to my family and due to us being spread out on two coasts it’s rare when we are all in the same room. This was the first time in years that we were and I was on cloud nine.
On Sunday, I had an appearance at the DHL All-Star FanFest! Oh God, I love FanFest. If you have never been, it is a huge display of everything baseball. There’s vendors, activities, memorabilia, all under one roof. While I was doing my signing, my brother got me a pin with some Yankee Stadium dirt in it!!! I am going to frame it in a shadow box and hang it with my Jackie Robinson at Ebbets Field photo. I thank everyone who stood in line. Thank you, New York.
After the signing, I went back to the hotel, took a little nap (or tried to) and then started getting ready for the MLB.com party. I didn’t go to the prom. (No one asked me. True story.) But I would imagine the same prep work applies. Under eye pads, grooming, plucking, applying, combing, painting, spraying, blending, and after what seemed like an eternity, I was ready to go. My parents and Aunt came into our room to see us off and take pictures (really like a prom). My brother, his girlfriend Rachael, my cousin, my boyfriend and I piled into the car and off we went.
Now, let me tell you this… MLB.com knows how to throw a party. There were thousands of people there. All the servers and dancers wore TOUCH, Wyclef Jean performed, DJ Jazzy Jeff was spinning and it was just a great all-around vibe. I co-hosted the party with Joba Chamberlain. Ummmm. I am pretty sure there isn’t a nicer human being on the planet. He was such a great guy. The highlight of the entire party was when my cousin realized that Derek Jeter was sitting right next to us. Jesse is a lifelong Yankees fan and to see his face when he realized Derek was five feet away was absolutely priceless. He got so starstruck. My second favorite moment was seeing Joba dance while standing on a chair. That big man has some moves. I said to him, “You are a really great host.” He replied, “I have to pick up the slack for you.” I was tempted to jump up on the chair next to him and challenge him to a dance-off but, alas, I didn’t for fear of the press making more of that moment than what it would have been. I can see the headlines now: “Alyssa and Joba doing the lambada” or something lame like that. I mean, I digress. Have you heard the new one???? That I dated Tom Glavine? I literally met him once briefly in passing. Anyhoo, back on target, we left the party at 3 a.m. when one of my blisters from my shoe started bleeding. Blisters are the barometers of a great party. Many thanks to Noah Garden for allowing me to be a part of such a special night and the blister.
Here are some pictures from the party:
(That’s starting AL All-Star catcher Joe Mauer of the Twins in the bottom photo, and the one right above that is me with Joba and Noah.)
On Monday, it was time for the State Farm Home Run Derby. I brought my brother on the field for batting practice. After I was done doing my on-field press, we got a picture on the field. We are dorky. We are getting quite a collection of pictures of the two of us at different ballparks. It’s always a surreal moment for me to be on the field. I look around, seeing all my heroes do what they do, and count my blessings that somehow in the midst of life, I am part of this sport in the very, very small way that I am. I know all the sports journalists by name now. We hug when we see each other. The players graciously say “hi” as they walk by. It’s such a totally weird and yet amazing experience. Thank you, God.
How about Josh Hamilton’s historic first round of the derby? His longest home run was 518 feet, and that was his 18th of a record 28 baseballs that he would hit out that round. And what an amazing story this guy has. To see the New York fans give him a standing ovation gave me goose bumps. That performance was the highlight of the derby for me. When we were ready to leave, the amazing John, Ray and Mike security team (thank you for being so good to me and my family) walked us out. And lo and behold, there (again) was Derek Jeter. I literally bumped right into him. Why is this so special? It was special because my cousin Jesse was with me. Derek was kind enough to take a picture with him. You had to see Jesse during the car ride home. He literally stared at that picture the entire drive. Baseball will make little boys out of grown men. It’s one of the things I love so much about sports. It gets you in a place that you didn’t think existed anymore.
On Tuesday morning, at 6:15 (ugh), hair and makeup arrived to get me ready for my segment on TOUCH for Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” I went on around 8:45 and the gang over there was awesome. I had a great time doing the show.
I went back to hotel for a nap and then it was time to get ready for the game. We listened to sports radio on the way to Yankee Stadium, and the hot topic was Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon’s supposed comments about feeling he should close the game over Yankees great Mariano Rivera. (I find it really hard to believe that Papelbon would say such a thing, so I am going to choose to believe he was misquoted.) Cory and I were on the field again for batting practice. I did my TOUCH push for media. When it was all said and done, and as I was leaving the field, I turned around and just took a moment to breathe in Yankee Stadium and say a fond farewell to The House That Ruth Built.
Can we talk about the All-Star Game Hall of Fame Celebration (above) for one brief moment? I mean, what can you say? I had 16 friends and family in the crowd and everyone was weepy. It so exceeded any of my expectations. Forty-nine greats took the field for pregame introductions and walked to their former positions where they stood with this year’s All-Stars. I was in awe looking out and seeing all those legends together on one field. They included: Hank Aaron, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Rod Carew, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Goose Gossage, Tony Gwynn, Reggie Jackson, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harm
on Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, exec Lee MacPhail, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Cal Ripken Jr., Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount. I am kind of at a loss for words in trying to articulate how utterly moving the ceremony was. It was a perfect tribute to not only baseball, but also to the ballpark itself.
And that game? Russell Martin made the Dodgers organization and fans very proud as the sole representative from the team. He looked like a goalie on a couple of those plays protecting home plate, and he kept the game alive with the tag after Nate McLouth’s throw from center (video). A Hollywood writer couldn’t have written the game drama any better. A 15-inning battle and Michael Young won it for the AL just as he did a couple of years ago. Yup. It has now been 12 years since the NL won behind then-Dodger Mike Piazza. And even though I am a Dodgers fan and would love to see the NL win an All-Star Game and get home-field advantage for the World Series, I am happy that my goodbye to Yankee Stadium, where I saw my first baseball game, ended in a win for the home team.
At heart, I am still that little girl from Brooklyn walking around the streets holding my parents’ hands. I haven’t changed much. I look back on my life — and all that I am blessed to have experienced — and it truly all seems like a dream. Just like those two words burned into the barrel of Hamilton’s bat in the derby: “The Dream.” During this trip, walking the same streets of Brooklyn as a 35-year-old woman, being surrounded by my family at Yankee Stadium, it reminded me of those early days.
And so with time, baseball has changed and grown…but at heart, it hasn’t changed much either.
Thank you, Yankee Stadium. It was love at first sight.
P.S. Thanks to the readers who defended me and my loyalty to my fans. Despite what this person who posted negative things believes, the first thing I do in the morning is read the comments on this blog and the Celebrity Loop message boards. It’s my way of staying connected to the community we have all built here and there. I am always in the house. Pinky swear.
Thank you for your patience while I was filming the pilot. I had a great experience. Hopefully, the love I have for the rest of the cast will translate into a fun and funny pilot to which ABC will respond positively. We have a working title. It’s not the absolute, definite title yet but the working title is: Single With Parents.
Right before we started filming, I took the cast and the producers/writers to a Dodgers game. It worked out perfectly that I had a suite that night (I get four suites a year as part of my ticket package). We had a great time and it was lovely to be able to share my passion of baseball with everyone. I wanted to share this picture of Annie Potts, Beau Bridges and me at the game.
By the way, Beau is quite the Dodgers fan. In fact, when we were shooting, if there was a game going on, I would keep tabs of the score on my iPhone and would ask Beau if he wanted the score. He would plug his ears and say, “DON’T TELL ME!!! SHHH. I am TiVoing it!”
So much has happened in the world of baseball and the Dodgers since my last post that I don’t even know where to begin. The firing of Willie Randolph (not sure how I feel about that) and John McLaren; Bud Selig saying that “instant replay” in baseball is inevitable (booooo!); Brad Penny on the DL (I wish you a speedy recovery, Brad); Hiroki Kuroda has tendinitis; the news that Raffi won’t be back until after All-Star break; and the extremely sad news that the Baseball Hall Of Fame lost a beloved board member with the passing of the extraordinary Tim Russert. In this picture, he was moderating the President of Red Sox Nation candidate debates last year in Boston. I bet he’s watching Jackie, Roberto, Babe, all the greats, up there in heaven’s ballpark. Your insight will be missed, Mr. Russert.
I owe everyone an apology for not posting in a while. I am knee deep in shooting my pilot and needless to say, I am stressed and the time has quickly slipped away. Did I mention the stress? Oye. The stress.
My stress reliever is usually baseball. In fact, sometimes when I can’t sleep because my mind is racing, I close my eyes and think about being at the stadium. I create game-winning situations. I think of the sound of the bat cracking. And you know what? It usually works. Ah baseball, I can never be mad at you.
So I have a favor to ask of you all, for the next few weeks please keep me posted on what’s going on with the Dodgers and around MLB. I would really appreciate so I don’t feel completely out of the loop.