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M's bullpen catcher Jason Phillips is one smooth operator

Jun 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

Rob Dibble once threw a ball at a lady in the stands and all he got for
it was a couple of decades of well-deserved scorn.  Mariners’ bullpen catcher Jason Phillips does
it and he gets married

“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.”

Now Molly and Phillips are getting married.

Four years ago Craig Burley of The Hardball Times determined that Phillips was the slowest player in baseball.  But while his feet are
slow, his moves are are pretty fast, no?

  1. Alex K - Jun 17, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    That’s so very, very awesome.

  2. RickyB - Jun 18, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    Met my wife in a similar fashion. She was a photographer for the local paper, I was playing independent ball for the local team in central Louisiana back in 1995. As I ran onto the field to start the top of the 2nd, I dropped a note in her lap (she was stationed right beside the dugout) asking her out. Got married three years later and still going. I did take quite a ribbing when a couple days after our first date, I was visiting a local school along with three other players and she was covering it for the paper. When my picture did not appear in the paper the next day and another guy’s did, I heard about it all day.

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