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    Start Your Day with O.J.- Volume 3

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    By John Gast & Ohmed Danesh

    The Phillies Experience


    For those of you who do not know, we recently played the Phillies in an exhibition game. Yes, the actual 2008 World Series and 2009 National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies. For a few years now the Seminoles have attempted to schedule a game with the Phillies, however, for the past two seasons it has not worked out. So, for almost all of us this was our first opportunity to meet and play against these big leaguers.

    Normally, when we arrive at the field for a game everyone takes their time getting dressed, maybe play a few rounds of cards and will barely make it out in time to stretch. This day was different. No one even changed out of their travel clothes because as soon as we arrived we were informed the Phillies were about to start hitting on the field. Huddled around the turtle, we gawked as Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and others took their hacks. We stood there in awe watching their every move not really caring how childlike and star struck we looked.

    After about an hour of watching and chatting with the players, we realized we better start getting ready for the game. The game of course was just for fun and did not count toward anyone's records or stats. We knew we were playing for something more important...the ability to bore our children and grand children with stories about playing against major leaguers.

    We didn't win, and although a loss always hurts a little, I think we all got over it rather quickly. Whether someone performed well or not they knew they had just experienced something rare. We just played against the guys we see on "Baseball Tonight," night after night. Though there are no tangible items from this experience (besides a few autographs), the memories from that day are priceless and will never be forgotten.

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