I survived the TRAFFIC JAM from HELL with a little help from Beady Eye and waited in a mile long line in the cold, but I have to admit it was ALL worth it in the end. The 2011 Philadelphia Union Meet & Greet was amazing. I am not sure if I was more excited to see the players or fellow supporters, but luckily I got to see both.
1) Meeting Zachary Pfeffer for the first time. Since Zach signed for the UNION on December 22nd of 2010 I’ve had the pleasure of becoming fast friends with him on Facebook. Since then I have become an Honorary Pfeffer. I’ve gotten to hang out with his cool parents Scott & Margie and his even cooler grandparents Carol & Sal at our Season Kickoff Party at Kildares in Manayunk… I’ve even had the pleasure of interviewing he and his twin brother Jared for Section133.com. It was great to finally meet Our Kid in person. He is one of the nicest people you will ever meet… though he is a bit shy!
2) Finally getting to meet Sheanon Williams. Well actually I met him at the Sons of Ben “Help Kick Hunger” party last year, but recently Section133 has struck up a special relationship with Sheanon and his Charity MILES4MJ. We recently threw a fundraiser for the charity (raising almost $900) and have plans to run in the Miles4MJ 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Sheanon is as nice as his throw-ins are long. His extended family Marty, Kristina, MJ, and girlfriend Hannah Whalen are just as nice and make up TEAM Miles for MJ.
3) Meeting Sebastien Le Toux AGAIN. This man hands down one of the best people you will ever meet in your life… go out of your way to meet him. He also has the GREATEST memory ever. When I approached Seba the first thing he asked me was, “How iz zee baby?” I was floored. I haven’t seen Seba since October 10th of 2010 at the Meet & Greet at Best Buy. 7 Months later and he still remembers meeting my boy Benjamin Franklin Mitchell… Possibly because I begged him to kiss my son on the forehead… Ben’s Soccer Baptism.
Notable Mentions: At the end of the evening fans were being ushered out of PPL Park. On the way out I noticed Danny Califf who I had managed to miss the rest of the night. I tried to stop for an autograph, but was told by the staff they weren’t letting anyone else in line. Danny remembered me from Help Kick Hunger (probably because I gave him a birth announcement of my son) and stopped the line to sign my picture of him slide tackling the crap out of some Chivas USA player.
p.s. We also have Jordan Harvey & Kyle Nakazawa scheduled to Lambeau Leap into Section133 when they score at PPL Park. To all the other players… much love. Just because I didn’t mention you doesn’t mean I don’t love you.
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The Introduction by Nick Sak
The Roll Call pt.1
The Roll Call pt.2
The Roll Call pt.3
Benjamin Franklin Mitchell v. His Signed UNION Ball