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‘Ready for Love’ bachelors take Miami


The Ready for Love guys were ready for some baseball Tuesday night.

The three stars of the NBC reality dating show — Tim Lopez, Ben Patton and Ernesto Arguello — were front and center as the Marlins took on the Washington Nationals. Each bachelor threw out a pitch.

“I have always been a big fan of baseball so to be on a professional mound was really surreal and fun,” said Lopez, who plays with the band Plain White T’s and lives in Austin. Though the native Californian’s loyalty lies elsewhere: “I’m not gonna lie. I’m a Dodgers fan.”

After the action, Arguello — the only local of the bunch — took his pals over to a viewing party of their NBC show at his boutique guesthouse, Stay With Me At Lincoln, on Lenox Avenue.

Incredibly, the process — wherein top matchmakers found them only the most compatible mates to choose from — worked. All are in relationships.

“I think each one of us is happy,” said Lopez. “We found people, although some of us are on different levels than others. We are all going at a different pace.”

So no engagements?

“Um, there’s only so much we can talk about!” said Patton, the CEO of Integrity Transitional Hospital in Denton, Texas, north of Dallas.

Arguello thinks Ready for Love beats out a show like The Bachelor because the bachelorettes were hand-selected and tested on compatibility.

“There’s a whole new dimension so that’s why it was successful,” said the Miami Beach resident. Added Lopez: “I think the girls they had on the show for me were some of the most amazing I’ve met in a long, long time.”

The men not only met the mates of their dreams but got to hang out with producer Eva Longoria.

“She was a sweetheart,” said Arguello, a philanthropist and entrepreneur. “We all became great friends. We confided in her, and she’d confide in us about her relationships.”

Patton agreed: “Eva was terrific — very, very involved in the whole process. She helped us feel like this whole thing wasn’t a joke and made us comfortable.”

We were curious if the often hectic Miami Beach dating scene was what drove Arguello to tackle a reality dating experience. But no.

“I’ve met great girls here. I just haven’t found love,” he said.

The men took advantage of the warm-weather scene while visiting Arguello’s hometown — though certainly not the singles’ bars or pickup places. More like a round of golf at The Biltmore.

“We did Miami right,” said Lopez. “I don’t think we’d be able to replicate this experience.”

Look up!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a blimp.

To realize a Despicable Me 2 sequel is in the works, fans need only look skyward to catch Despicablimp, in the midst of a U.S. tour.

Cruising at an average height of 1,000 feet, the promotional material takes the form of a giant, air-filled minion, one of the movie’s characters who assist evil genius Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) who changes his ways after becoming the caretaker for two orphans. The sequel, out July 3, also features Al Pacino, Miranda Cosgrove and Russell Brand.

Weather permitting, the blimp will fly over North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines Sunday rom 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. From noon to 2 p.m. at the Village of Gulfstream Park, there will be a flyover and meet and greet with minions.

The Despicablimp will also makes it way over the Bank United Center in Coral Gables Thursday night in honor of the Telemundo Latin Billboards awards. Arriba, arriba!

Model citizen

Niki Taylor will once again partake in the annual March for Babies event April 27 at Tropical Park. The mother of four, who grew up in Pembroke Pines and now lives with husband NASCAR driver Burney Lamar in Tennessee, will also be visiting family when down in South Florida.

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