Despite being the backup catcher of the Seattle Mariners, Jason Phillips is just an ordinary guy. Which explains why was perusing the Safeco stands just over a year ago looking over some of Seattle’s finest talent. The catcher, who spends more than half of his gameday in the bullpen, finally met eyes with a business woman entertaining clients.
“If we go extra innings, I’m gonna make a move,” Phillips said. “If we go to extra innings, that’s gotta be a sign.”
The game with the Oakland A’s went into extra innings. Phillips grabbed a baseball, scribbled his number on it, got the woman’s attention and tossed it to her. And for the rest of the game, he was left to wonder how she’d respond. He couldn’t wait to return to the clubhouse and check his messages. Naturally, the game would drag for 15 excruciating innings.
But by then, she had sent him a text message: “My name is Molly. Nice to meet you.” –Seattle Times.1
And now Phillips and Molly Ray will be getting married Sunday. In the Mariners bullpen, about 90 minutes after their matinee game ends. I wonder if they’ll consummate it in those little bullpen cars. Are those even around anymore? If I was a relief pitcher, I’d take that damn car everywhere. Hey guys, I’mma make a quick run to Wendy’s. You want anything? If coach asks, tell him I’m takin’ a dump. Oh, and congrats. Or something.