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Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Rays’ trip to Milwaukee may turn into a ghost story

Some Rays are not sleeping easy this week.

The Rays are staying at the historic — and supposedly haunted — Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Which means the players who are easily spooked and/or into paranormal interactions are a little concerned.

Yandy Diaz, the Cuban infielder with the bulging muscles, is one of the players most afraid of ghosts. And he made the mistake of letting that be known, so naturally his teammates seized on it.

A print-out of a cartoon ghost was taped to Diaz’s locker in Detroit on Sunday with the Spanish word cuidado — “watch out” — written on it.

Diaz considered moving to a different hotel, but was assured he would have a room in the new — and thus not haunted — tower of the landmark hotel that was built in 1893.

“All I want is (to not) have any ghosts in my room,” said Diaz, via team interpreter Manny Navarro.

Outfielder Roman Quinn said he heard stories of several “encounters” from his former Phillies teammates who made regular visits: Of seeing the impression on a bed of a person sitting there, of clothes being placed in one spot and moving around the room when the player stepped out, of people in hallways disappearing on second look.
Ji-Man Choi has been quoted about seeing ghosts at the Pfister (and other places) in some detail. The experiences are even included in his bio in the Rays media guide, which says he “is terrified of ghosts and believes to have had many encounters with them, including hugs and whispers.”

Choi says now that there was some miscommunication with a previous interpreter that got picked up repeatedly, that he was more concerned with how “dark and a little sketchy” the Pfister looked when he stayed there with the Angels as a rookie in 2016 than it being haunted.

“If I see a ghost,” Choi said last week through interpreter Daniel Park, “I’ll say ‘Hi’ to him.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2022 at 11:12 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: ghosts, poltergeists, spirits, supernatural

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   1. The Duke Posted: August 09, 2022 at 01:09 PM (#6090844)
Ghosts are spooky! And I don't respond well to spooky behavior
   2. Itchy Row Posted: August 09, 2022 at 03:40 PM (#6090881)
he “is terrified of ghosts and believes to have had many encounters with them, including hugs and whispers.”
That was no ghost. That was Harold Reynolds.
   3. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: August 09, 2022 at 04:52 PM (#6090900)
Ghosts are spooky! And I don't respond well to spooky behavior

Well done.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2022 at 05:01 PM (#6090904)
I think no team should be crowned champion until they spend at least one night in a haunted hotel.
   5. sunday silence (again) Posted: August 09, 2022 at 05:03 PM (#6090905)
Man who gets hugs from ghosts? I want a hug from a ghost.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2022 at 05:11 PM (#6090907)
You can get more than a hug from a ghost.
   7. sunday silence (again) Posted: August 09, 2022 at 09:10 PM (#6090966)
I guess Caspar might be a hugger.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: August 09, 2022 at 09:44 PM (#6090983)
Pfister Hotel - I have stayed there and.... very much enjoyed the experience.

also, "Pfister? I barely know her!"

[and now you don't have to post that old chestnut]
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 09, 2022 at 09:52 PM (#6090986)
This story has been written about 1,001 times. I've stayed in a variety of rooms at the Pfister over the years (I would rather stay at the Iron Horse Hotel) and there's certainly a material difference in staying in the original building vs the mid 20thC tower. Some amazing Victorian art on display in that hotel. Love the lobby. The original building (Romanesque) is gorgeous. I don't recall seeing any ghosts, but kind of like the Parker House in Boston, you know you're in an old ass hotel.
   10. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 10, 2022 at 12:53 PM (#6091050)
"Pfister? I barely know her!"

That's because she ghosted.

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