Erin Wright, Y! Philadelphia editor
That old phrase "Have your people call my people" has taken on a whole new meaning when it comes to one member of the Phillies team.
John Mayberry Jr., who has been a hit on the field, is looking to extend his winning streak -- at least when it comes to romance. According to an article in the New York Post, the outfielder is reportedly smitten with actress Antoinette Nikprelaj, who recently did a turn as a sexy mermaid in the latest installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise.
The 27-year-old slugger isn't calling up the stunning actress, however, and asking for dinner and a movie. It seems he's outsourced that job, relying on his agents to make the introductions and possibly facilitate a meeting. The Post said it obtained e-mails written by an agent in the baseball division of Creative Artists Agency -- the firm that reps Mayberry -- that were sent on to Innovative Artists, the agency representing Nikprelaj.
If the e-mail quoted in the article is any indication, the agent wasn't too happy in the role of pseudo-Cupid:
"I hate to even be sending you this e-mail, and I'm quite embarrassed to say the least, but we have a young client on the Philadelphia Phillies who asked us if we knew any agents at Innovative Artists and could connect him to Antoinette Nikprelaj.
"I know you're not a dating or set-up service, but John Mayberry Jr. (Phillies OF) would love to meet Antoinette or invite her to a baseball game sometime. Would this be possible?"
A bio of Mayberry, in which his Stanford education featured highly, was reportedly also sent to Innovative Artists.
No word on how -- or if -- the agent's inquiry was received, but looks like it may be a moot point, anyway. Seems the lovely Ms. Nikprelaj is married with a daughter. Maybe she has a single sister?