Friday, February 13, 2009
Oh yes folks. Manny Parra. He likes to party. According to this WSJ article...he's been known to hob-knob it with some pretty cool people. He's "in" with some of the people "in the know" with certain Vegas entourages. I'm going to say no more...read the entire article as it is a must read. Here's the parts on Parra:
On a recent night, Mr. Sabathia and Mr. Jones were joined by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Manny Parra. After watching a Kings game, they piled into a tricked-out party bus and around 3 a.m, unsuccessfully tried to squeeze it through a Jack In The Box drive-through to order more than $100 worth of fast food. Several weeks later, Mr. Parra and Mr. Jones went to the airport, caught a flight to Las Vegas on Southwest Airlines and, upon collecting their luggage, were whisked in a town car to the Palms casino. There, Mr. Jones high-fived nearly every staff member and shuttled Mr. Parra into the VIP check-in lounge. "I've never felt like part of somebody else's entourage until now," said Mr. Parra.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Mr. Jones watched the game from a black leather couch in the Palms casino's Playboy Club next to Mr. Parra, pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek and several young women, while waitresses in bunny ears and puffy white tails served Mr. Jones margaritas. After Larry Fitzgerald's 64-yard touchdown catch, Buffalo Bills center Melvin Fowler ran over from across the club to give Mr. Jones a high-five before plopping down and asking about his plans for the night.
Mr. Parra watched Mr. Jones and wondered aloud: "How does he do it? He's not the athlete, he's not the celebrity, but in a way, he is. Sometimes I think I'm too humble."
My god. Parra? Seriously? Parra rocks it out in Vegas? Parra knows people? Parra seems to me like the kind of guy that Braun and JJ make fun of when they go out.
Picture a scene out in some LA club this offseason. Braun's got a table and has invited JJ out for the weekend. They've got their whole crew out there. 5 dudes, 8 chicks at the table. Parra strolls up:
Manny - "Hey guys! Ready for spring training?"
JJ (says nothing...looks at Braun)
Braun (surprised look on face)- "Manny? Hey...dude...what are you doing here?"
Manny - "Well...I was out in Vegas this past week, I'm just kicking it now for an extra week out here. What do you guys think of Macha? I hear he's a hardass."
Braun (without missing a beat)- "Coaching is irrelevant. I'm hitting 42 bombs this year irregardless. Who were you out in Vegas with?"
Manny - "My guy Julian...and some of his chronies."
Braun - "Julian Jones?"
Manny - "Yeah...you know him?"
Braun - "Yeah...I do Manny. Hey listen, it's not cool to make that shit up (he stands up...immediately 2 security guards move to the table)."
Manny - "Wait...I'm serious man..."
Braun (to guards) - "Show this guy (Manny) the door please. (to Manny as he's being escorted out) You better win at least 15 this year you dead-arm by August chump."
Manny (kicking as he's getting pulled away) - "JJ...help!"
Braun (looks at JJ)
JJ (doesn't say a word for a minute...then leans over to girl next to him) - "Isn't Ryan the coolest guy you know?"