Good Morning, Philadelphia
Monday, June 11, 2007
I am with the team in Philly for the next two days (flying home after the game tomorrow night), and I received a few strange looks on the plane yesterday afternoon (like, "what are you doing here?")
I travelled with the team on almost every trip from 1991 to about 1998 or 1999, so it didn’t seem strange to me.
I haven’t seen the new ballpark here and wanted to scout it out a bit. I can say hello to Aaron Rowand and Freddy and then head back to Chicago.
Last night, Ed Farmer, Herm Schneider, Chris Singleton and I eschewed the final Sopranos episode (my wife said it was very ordinary) and headed out to a late dinner at Capitol Grille. AJ, his wife, Jim Thome, JD, John Danks and Toby Hall were also at a table.
Singy was star-struck by Patty LaBelle, who dined next to us. Herm leaned over and said to Patty, "he wants to meet you," pointing to Chris.
Chris and Ed walked over to say hello and talked to the stage and screen star, who was very polite and friendly.
Farmio entertained us, telling stories about his first spring training as a rookie with the Indians in Tucson, Arizona. I can’t imagine a big league club using the visiting "clubhouse" at Hi Corbett for six weeks, but they did.
It seems Farmio’s pitching coach hated him and the two butted heads (can you imagine that?) Great stories all around.
Marinanne Rowand came in and was waiting to meet Aaron for dinner. The Phillies team plane from KC was later given the long game, but he was just a few minutes behind us when we left. I’ll see him today at the ballpark.
Then, I returned to the hotel to see the end of the Braves game, which they won in interesting fashion.
All-in-all, a good evening.
If you wonder what we do on the road, it usually amounts to this (at least for the PR guys):
-field calls from Philly media looking to talk to Jim Thome about his return
-Answer emails via my blackberry
-Talk to office several times
-Catch up on some sleep and some work-related reading
-Have two conference calls, one with consultants we use and the other a weekly staff meeting in Chicago
-Workout (I am proud to say that I’ve lost 14 pounds since spring training but unfortunately, will still need that high bllod pressure medicine … is it the job or genetics?)
-Head to the ballpark (later today than usual for me. Usually, it’s by 3:30. Tonight around 5:30 because of conference calls). Pat O’Connell is on the trip to handle the daily media requests and duties.
-Check in with Ozzie and the clubhouse
-Take in the game (I am going to sit in the stands for this one)
-Bus back to the hotel
-Answer any late-night emails/calls
Tough life …