« Will Hanley's new theatrics rile opponents? | Main | All-Star Game is finally here for Gaby Sanchez »

Marlins All-Star Gaby Sanchez arrives in Phoenix

   Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez is experiencing his first All-Star Game and who better to describe it than his wife Judy, who is along for the trip and has agreed to share her first-hand observations:

    The second Omar Infante caught the fly ball by Jason Michaels to make the final out of Sunday's game, it was officially time for the All-Star celebrating to begin.

     Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros, it was a nice way to close out the first half.

    Gabyphoenix  We hustled out of Sun Life Stadium, rushed home to get our bags, and met up with Gaby's family to make our 7 p.m. flight to Phoenix. We were in full-out party mode, very excited to get in all of the fun and parties that awaited us in the desert. But, after an hour and a half layover in Dallas, we slept  the second leg, arriving in Phoenix at 3 a.m. our time. Needless to say, it was time to sleep, not party. We walked out of the plane and were welcomed by a crew of men in All-Star Game shirts, eagier to assist us with everything. This was a first. Now Gaby was big-time.

      The crew was very excited to see Gaby. Not sure if it was because he's an All-Star or because he was the last player to arrive and their long day was over. The airport was completely decked out with the All-Star Game logo, from the floors to poles to the merchandise in the stores. Of course, the stores had been closed for hours by the time we got in, so no All-Star Game towels or umbrellas for us. Upon exiting the nice, air-conditioned airport, we were greeted by 100 degree weather (and this is at midnight) and an Escalade. Cold water bottles and cold towels were distributed. Nice, but a tad excessive. We are from Miami, after all. We know heat.

      Once we arrived at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Gaby checked in with the All-Star staff. He got his itinerary, got fitted for his All-Star ring and received his first round of free stuff -- from the NL All-Star hoodie, to the backpack to the goodie bag filled with candie and wine, among other things. We were now stocked with merchandise bearing the 2011 All-Star Game logo. Glad those stores were closed at the airport.Allstarfloor

      As Gaby was finishing up, his hands full of door prizes, the Mets and Giants players walked in. That's when we knew it had been a long day because they had played the Sunday night baseball game at 8 p.m. It's hard to identify players sometimes when they are out of uniform. Jose Reyes is an exception. I'd recognize his hair regardless of the clothes he wears.

      Also making his way through the line was Giants manager and NL coach Bruce Bochy. Bochy, who chose Gaby for the All-Star team with one of his manager's picks was directly responsible for getting Gaby to Arizona, so we were happy to meet him.

      We were escorted to the room and Gaby was happy to see the "congratulations" balloons and the custom All-Star Game M&M's awaiting him. After unpacking, admiring the exquisite room that's equipped with a bathtub and a shower, and figuring out the game plan for tomorrow, we finally got into bed at 1:40 Arizona time (4:40 a.m. for us). A long day, but definitely a fun one. Tomorrow the real fun begins with batting practice, the Home Run Derby, and the gala. Can't wait!

      -- Judy Sanchez

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

SB

Great stuff, thanks for posting this!

Glags

Not only is she hot but very smart. Nice piece. Good for Gabby.

laurelbowie

Really good job, Judy. I know some sports writers who'd better be looking over their shoulders.

edwin pope

Judy is a sports reporter for the Herald...

Stan M

Don't the funds from the All Star game go toward the ML players pension fund. If that is so, then players who don't want to go (excluding injuries) should not qualify for the retirement fund. Just my opinion.
Although I dearly love baseball, I haven't watched the game in years. Have watched the HR contest though. Would like to hear if I'm alone in this.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
I'm just the opposite. I usually end up watching the game, even when I tell myself I'm going to read a good book instead. But I can no longer stomach the Home Run Derby.
I'm glad that neither Stanton nor anyone else from the Marlins is competing in the Derby, because I really think there is plenty of anecdotal, if not scientific, evidence that it takes the gas out of some players and maybe messes up their swing, too. Look at Hanley — he came in second I believe in last year's Derby and he hasn't really been worth a sh*t since. He tailed off in the second half of last season and this season has been a disaster. I say, let somebody else's gorillas go out and pound their chests in that thing. I'll read my book and those who enjoy the derby can watch it and have fun while the Marlins, except for Gaby, get some much-need rest.

carlos

I hope Gaby & Family, took their passport
to Arizona, we would not want them to get
arrested there, by being latin

laurelbowie

Didn't know Gaby married a Herald reporter. Good for him. We newspaper journalists are the only real journalists left in the world.

edwin pope

Judy also is a personal fitness trainer with her own business..

spitballer

Judy should start her own blog!!!! great stuff

Arizona Resident Sick of illegals

carlos...hahaha..trying to be funny,or are you another ignorant Spanish guy???

P.T. Barnum

Home Run Derby is nothing more than a publicity stunt for MLB,and a boring one at that...Just another way to extract money from the Suckers that pay to watch Batting Practice.The public.by and large are Suckers and there's One Born Every Minute...

Stan M

LB,
Whereas I watch the HR derby, I completely agree with your assessment of its effect upon thosen that participate. It should be much shortened.

don

Great reading all the tid bits and workings ofbthe all star game good
job judy give us more
don

carlos

Hey sick of illegals, Am I liying, or your laws
have nothing to do with illegal, only have to do with a bunch "RACIST.

carlos

you people fit, back in germany, in 1932

Marlins Fans

Carlos..get lost ..we only discuss the Marlins and Baseball here...your not welcome here,so beat it...

carlos

Oh gee honey, I know i have no rights
to have an opinion, buttttttttttt, you are the gestapo, and i have to be scare, what ever you said, but guest what?, the trust is the trust.
you people are bunch "racists"

Samsons Boyfriend

Hey Gang..good to go into the Break with a streak going..5 games under,with a good chance to go over .500 facing the Cubbies,Padres and the Reyes-Less Mutts..Like Our Odds..Hope Gaby gets an at bat in the ASG...For the locals Shooters in NMB tomorrow nite is hosting Marlins Fans...good Marlin give away stuff and tickets to games..Billy and Mermaids there also....

Samsons Boyfriend

Forgot that its the old Shooters location on the Intercoastal...Now called Duffy's ...sorry .showing my age..

Samsons Boyfriend

Clark..on the story about the Marlins closing the upper deck...what about Bark in the Park on Aug 12 Fri nite against Giants...dont mind sitting with the Canine dogs on the 100 level that nite as have already been exposed to the Philly crowd last week and the Canine crowd would be an Upgrade..

Clark

Good question, SB. I checked with the Marlins and they said they WOULD open the upper deck for Bark in the Park on Aug. 12.

-- Clark

Samsons Boyfriend

lb...could easily get a foul ball for winner of this months contest, but was thinking of something bigger..Have enjoyed giving Foul balls to kids over the years..its a small priceless token of their day at the game..the kids never forget it and their parent{s} come up to me like I gave them a hundred dollar bill. ..Its pretty Cool and makes me feel good..Have to think of another Prize for the winner of Our Contest..

Samsons Boyfriend

Thanks Clark..All the Canine Marlins fans are looking forward to Bark in the Park,especially against the Giants that nite...

Stan M

LB,
Couldn't watch it this year. Turned it off after 5 minutes. It's just become too "showey" and I have always had trouble with that "back, back, back" guy from ESPN. He trats baseball like it's football with all of that rah rah crap.

Samson,
Of course I've never met you but do know that you go to many games. Yesterday they put the camera on a fan who looked like he eats nails for breakfast and remarked that he goes to many games. He looked like Delilah would love him. Considering your name, was that you? If so, I will immediately become humble in any correspondence with you.

laurelbowie

Samson,
You're right. A ball means a lot more to the kids than it ever would to us old farts, and it's great that you go out there and make their day.
As far as the contest is concerned, I don't think anyone needs a real prize. I think the unbridled adulation and undying respect of our peers will be all the reward the winner needs.
Keep up the good work.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
I'm not sure when the damn thing started — around 8:30 or something. But a little after 11 I switched to ESPN to watch Sportscenter and the Home Run Derby was still going on. I couldn't believe it! Ten minutes later, I tuned in again and everybody was celebrating like Robinson Cano had just hit a walkoff homer in the World Series. How silly.

Stan M

LB,
After all of our negative feelings, it's become fun to watch the games again. For me, Bono is a big reason. And I'm going to commit a mortal sin and offer some praise for the FO. The Bono trade looked awful; now it appears that we have our sparkplug. The Vazquez signing is starting to look better and better. The new manager has been doing all of the right things. LoMO and Hanley are hitting. Stanton incredibly leads the team in RBIs. Infante hes been a tremendous improvement and not signing Uggla now looks like it was a wise move. The bullpen, while far from top calibre, is still a tremendous improvement over last year. Dobbs and Cameron have both filled voids. Sticking with Hands might, just might have been worthwhile. Assuming that Coghlan comes back to somewhere near his rookie year, there isn't a regular that I would replace (maybe Infante if he doesn't resign). Of course there are improvements out there, but they are way over Loria's budget. I still can't stand Buck, but even he has been swinging better and Hayes looks like a fine #2 catcher and by next year should catch a larger percentage of games. At the end of May, I posted that the Marlins were the only ML team with 3 different players with an OBS of over .900. That's no longer the case, but the hitting talent is still there. For me, at least, it all provides hope for next year. Would you agree?

tanya

marlins fan for life!!! no matter what!!!! i live in phx now. good luck and congrats to Gaby and his family. GOOO MARLINS :)

Flav C

Stan, i agree with you regarding the last few games,it's been fun. I'm just not sold entirely because....I really can't trust the inconsistency of our rotation. Yes, Vazquez has been pitching a bit better of late but still, in June/July the only good offense he pitched against and did well was Texas. He went deep and pitched really well against Houston and Oakland, but we know those 2 teams can't hit a sick fly. He did somehow o.k. against the Phillies but didn't last more than 5 innings. And he was massacred twice against Arizona and once against the Brew Crew. Volstad is a true enigma. The kid showed on and off he has good stuff and with proper coaching can become a reliable #4or #5 in the rotation. But good pitching coach isn't exactly the Marlins forte'. I agree i would be more hopeful for next year if we had JJ 100% healthy (which is another question mark), someboy more reliable than Vazquez and better than average arms in the minor leagues. But i think i am asking too much.

laurelbowie

I'm excited about the second half of the season and into next year, not because I think the Marlins will set the world on fire — but because I don't have a clue how they're going to perform. It's like a really good mystery movie. Will Stanton learn to identify pitches and become the hitter everybody knows he can be? Will Hanley become Hanley again? Will LoMo and Coghlan and Petersen and even Gaby show the upside that's there? Can JJ regain even a hint of his old form? Who knows? The Cubs are starting to play better and the series coming up will be a crucial test. Are the Marlins really getting their act together or have they just been feasting on a really bad Houston team? We may find out real quick.
Hope Hayes catches at least a third of the games in the second half because he's actually a better catcher, and hitter, than Buck.
If and when Cogs comes back, Marlins are going to have a glut of outfielders. Guess Wise will go, but what do they do with Petersen (who's been promised playing time), Stanton, Morrison, Coghlan and Cameron? Who gets the short straw?

Oscar lanzas

I knew gabby at a very young age , I used to work for his dad at a store called pro sports.. Gabby is an amazing kid with great morals. His dad who was also a very good baseball player as well is an even better coach .. I'm not surprised by gabbys success the least bit, the kid was a hard nosed baseball player at 4 yrs of age... I'm really happy for him and his fam..

Samsons Boyfriend

Stan the Man..No,that wasnt me on T.V..Chris Berman,that back back back guy from ESPN,stole the back,back,back from Red Barber. Berman just exaggerates it...Yes,Flav C ,the inconsistent rotation will be the Marlins Achilles Heel in getting back in the wild-card race...Nobodys catching the Phillies..@ Oscar..Have met Gabys family and can verify everything you said is true..Wonderful Folks..Talking about the wild card,look at the Braves..Fredi is the same manager he was a year ago with Marlins but has the pitching now..Hoping his over-use of Venters and Kimbrel come back to haunt him in Sept...Hope the National League wins tonite,as I am a NL guy and dont want NY or Boston shoved down my throat in Oct.

Stan M

Samson,
Red Barber was characterized by his restraint, which he taught to Vin Scully. I have no doubt that Berman is a sincere baseball fan, but he could be characterized by his flamboyance...and it simply doesn't belong on a baseball broadcast. If you remember "the 'ol redhead", do you also remember Connie Desmond?

Samsons Boyfriend

Stan the Man..dont know Connie Desmond..Am familar with Connie Mack,Connie Francis,Connie Stevens and Connie Lingus...sorry about the last one,couldnt resist...

Stan M

He was Barber's #2 man. A darn good announcer, but also a horrible alcholic. Died pennyless. Every year Dodgers used to have a per-season dinner at the Garden City Hotel on L.I. My dad attended for many years and he and Connie got along very well. I went once. Have photo standing with Roy Campanella and also one with Clem Labine. Can't find one with Sal (the Barber) Maglie. He grew a beard and was to shave it off as a stunt for Gillette and get a thousand dollars. How finances have changed. I remember how Phil Rizzutto used to work in a clothing store with Gene Hermanski in the off season. If you recall, Little Phil was always an impeccable dresser.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
Connie Desmond used to broadcast Dodgers games with Red Barber when I was a kid in the '50s, right?
Connie Lingus, Samson? The cat's got my tongue on that one.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
Sorry. You must have been typing the answer at the same time I was typing the question.

Stan M

LB,
A couple of stories from those days. I posted these a couple of years ago, but in case you missed them.
Schaefer beer was the Dodgers primary sponsor and Ballantine Ale was the same for the Yankees. Well, one spring the Yankees actually brought up a kid named Schaefer. When the kid came in to pitch in a Spring Mayor's Trophy game, Barber said in his laid back style, "I wonder how my compatriot over in the Yankee boooth is handling this young man's name." The other Dodger sponsor was Old Gold cigarettes. I was probably in my teens before I realized that other teams didn't call a home run an "Old Goldie". You would have to be really old to remember that when a Dodger hit a HR, he would round the bases, then go back to the screen behind home plate and Barber would slide a carton of Old Golds down to him.
I remember Rizzutto on his first broadcast introducing the coaches before the 1st at bat. He actually said, "...and there's the Crow (Frank Crosetti) down there at third flashing the take sign!" Also when Kiner's Corner was first broadcast, the show ended and Ralph kept staring at the camera. Finally he said, "If you turn that sign right side up, I'll read it."

laurelbowie

Stan M,
Great stuff. I do remember my aunt puffing away on Old Golds and telling me she had to smoke 'em because she was a Dodgers fan. She eventually died of lung cancer. I learned early in life that being a Dodgers fan could kill you.

Stan M

Two other TV surprises that I remember. Back in those days, KC, a former Yankee AAA city, was owned by a friend of the then Yankee owners. Many trades were made where the Yankees literally raided the KC team of its star players for a bunch of farmhands, etc. That's how they got Roger Maris. Well, the Yankees traded for KC's best player, a HR hitting outfielder named Bob Cerv. Rizzutto referred to Cerv as having been "brought up" from KC totally disregarding that KC was also a ML team and no longer a Yankee farm. One time on a Met broadcast, the other announcers had a photo shown of Ralph Kiner leaving a restaurant with Elizabeth Taylor on his arm. They asked, "Who is that woman with you there, Ralph?" Kiner, very embarassed remarked about how that was a long time ago and he was now happily married. No one today realizes what a prominent star Kiner was. Known as America's most eligible bachelor for a while, he also dated Janet Leigh (Psycho) for a while...the current star's mother. Kiner was much like Jeter regarding his star status and bachelorhood. His eventual marriage made headlines nationally.

The comments to this entry are closed.