|So chocolatey, yes?|
Similar to the last Caravan stop story, Alison and I wrote this tag-team-style. The caravan stop in Lawrenceville took place on Friday 2/4/11 and it was right next door to the Gwinnett Braves stadium, so that was pretty cool. Sorry it took us over a week to get this up -- we both got sick and she was busy with school and I was busy with work and everything was crazy.
Alison: so, what time did we get there?
Alison: Ok, Cold o'clock. Got it.
Lauren: Also, rainy. Cold and rainy. And standing outside.
Lauren: (My butt is still cold.)
Alison: I'm saying. That's what you get for having a badonkadonk.
Lauren: hee heeeee
Alison: We were handed official Braves ponchos!!
Lauren: We were #131 and #132 in line, and I had my umbrella and the G-Braves staff was super-nice about handing out the ponchos.
Alison: yeah, it stopped because it was cold o'clock
Lauren: The nice cute dads in front of us made room, and a lady in front of them kept telling us how cold it was on her iPhone. Not helpful, lady!
Alison: Cute Dads were really nice. And one was also a "realist."
Lauren: They were fun to talk to. There were some kids behind us who kept us occupied in line too -- some UGA students and a couple of kids from Villa Rica. What up!
Lauren: It was totally a different Homer than last time around. ;)
Alison: Well, that's what happens when your bag is too big.... hahahhaha ;)
Lauren: It's true!
Alison: So our new bench coach was first. He was so friendly!
Lauren: Carlos Tosca! He had such a nice face. Kinda reminded me of my dad.
Alison: I had him sign the sticker they gave us instead of the ball in my purse. My hands were numb, and I just wasn't about to go digging anymore.
Lauren: I had him sign the sticker too.
Alison: And then, of course, I promptly dropped everything in between the coach and EOF...
Lauren: Your poor hands were purple. I tried to get you to wear my gloves! But noooo...
Alison: But then you wouldn't have gloves!
Lauren: We could have traded!
Lauren: AND I had my cute stripeys in the car
Alison: True. Oh well. Too late now!
Alison: anyway, I apologized, saying, "I'm so so sorry. My hands are just numb. I didn't mean to throw things at you!"
Lauren: It was cute. ;)
Alison: And the thing is, I was the first in line... for our section. There was nobody in front of me, so everybody was looking down the line at me. How mortifying.
Lauren: Good thing you're cute. :D
Alison: And EOF totally was looking at what I had in my hands before I dropped all of it. And it was a picture of him!
Lauren: No, Cory Gearrin thinks we're 22, remember? haha
Alison: Right. I'm still going with 17. :D ANYWAY!!!!!
Lauren: I'll take 22 because later someone asked me what college I go to. :D
Alison: EOF chuckled a bit at my dropping all my pictures and stuff
Lauren: He was in a really good mood! Glad to see he seems to be 100% healthy again. :)
Alison: Oh my gosh, he was so nice!
|Alison's EO autographed picture|
Lauren: So I handed EO two pictures, he said, "Hi, how are you," I said fine, smiled, and told him the pics were from Baseball 101. He actually looked at them then and was all, "Oh! Did you have a good time that day?"
|My EO autographed pics|
Alison: What a doll.
Lauren: Seriously a sweetheart. He didn't have to sign both my pictures, but he did, and it was nice that he talked more than, "hi, how's it going"
Alison: So, Kimmie was doing this head-cocked-to-the-side thing
Lauren: like a puppy?
Alison: like a cat. :P
Alison: And I smiled at him and handed him his photo and very brightly said, "HI!"
Lauren: I adore the photo you took to have him sign, with his gleaming spikes and flushed cheeks.
|Alison's autographed Kimbrel picture|
Alison: I don't really remember what else I said to him, to be honest. He seemed to like that photo.
Lauren: Well YEAH
Alison: He kind of paused to look at it before he gave it back.
Lauren: You should send him a copy, addressed to his new nickname. Like, an 8x10 :D
|My Kimmeh autographed picture|
Lauren: so when I handed Kimmeh his picture, I told him I took it in batting practice, and he stared at it for a second and I said something like, "So, I have a tendency to nickname people, and you have a couple of nicknames... but what do you want us to call you?"
Alison: poor kid looked horrified
Lauren: and you'd think I'd just asked him to divide 93845 by 13
Alison: I was already to Marteen, by this point.
Lauren: I think you were :)
Alison: it was pretty rad
Alison: it was scared-smiling.
Lauren: He was scared-smiling all day at Baseball 101, too. Poor kid. He doesn't need to be afraid of me.
Alison: well, what if it had been something embarrassing
Alison: and "Kimmie" is not particularly masculine... and neither is "Sweet Cheeks"
Lauren: That made me laugh, which made me cough violently. Thank you. :D
Lauren: Great eyes. The DIP was distracting, though. Gross.
Lauren: It's a serious addiction when you're dippin' in a grocery store in the middle of the day in February.
Alison: So... Marteen. I think it's pretty obvious who my "Braves Boyfriend" is. Though, just as a disclaimer, Martin Prado is NOT my boyfriend. I am NOT engaged to him. I am NOT actively trying to make him my own... my love... my precious........
Alison: And then I told him that he was awesome, and I'm glad that he's getting better, and that I took this picture, and I put it on Wikipedia...
Lauren: But he was so chocolate-y with chiclet teeth that it would be hard for most people to be normal in front of him. I'm glad I'd met him before, or I'd probably have been a little crushy.
Alison: So handsome that day, y'all. Seriously. Big smile, crinkly eyes
Lauren: We were hurrying through at this point because of the big angry swarmy security people. :(
Lauren: I handed him my picture, told him I took it in Chicago, and he said, "That's a great shot!"
|My Prado autographed pic from my Chicago trip|
Lauren: I thanked him, and told him to have a great season or something like that, and we ducked around the corner and out of the way pretty quickly.
Lauren: I guess that’s it. We both got a cold from standing in the rain.
Alison: I had to go buy new shoes because I was soaked. And we both got colds... and then we ate...
Lauren: And you drew a Brave on the table ;)
Alison: oh, yes. haha
Lauren: it seemed like there were 3x as many security people there this time around.
Lauren: I still don't understand how Marteen's first letter is an M
Lauren: aww, I forgot I drew a heart on the table :D