March 2009

Hump Day

Hey everyone,


Sorry it has been so long since my last post. Games have started, so we are at the field for a while longer. Also, we have been having meetings almost everynight.  So I have been exhausted and coming home and going to sleep really early.


The name of this post is from a comment from one of my fellow teammates today.  He said to me that today was “hump day.”  Having no clue what he was talking about, I asked him what he meant.  He explained simply that today was the day that you have to get over the hump. Where you have finally hit a little bit of a wall, and there are only a couple weeks left of camp. So get past today and its all downhill til camp breaks.  I really liked his point and his reasoning, so I decided to share it with you.


As for spring training, we are into our second week of games.  I have thrown once, 3 innings against the Blue Jays. I throw again tomorrow, this time it should be 4 innings, and it is against the Blue Jays again.  One of the big things that I can say about camp this year is that there is definitely an aura of competition in the air. Everything is upbeat, and there are alot of things being accomplished everyday. I am really excited about the productivity so far this year. I think its going to be a surprising year. Only my opinion though. It is absolutely a different atmosphere this year.


Thats it for now, but if you guys have any questions about spring training feel free to ask.


Until later,




Welcome back everyone,


I am sorry for the layoff, but now I am back.  I had a greast week with my girlfriend and I am sorry that there wasn’t much posting while she was here.  For this post’s agenda we will talk about spring training, the WBC, and of course March Madness.


Ok so spring training has just about hit it’s full stride. We start games on the 19th, which is very exciting, we get to see a team in a different uniform.  Since I last posted, the pitchers have thrown live batting practice sessions, and even simulation games.  Yesterday I threw about 2 innings, or around 40 pitches.  It was really good to finally face some live hitters.  They have also broken us up into our 5 day rotations, and separated the starters from the relievers. That way the starters can start to extend some innings and get into the in-season workout routine.  The relievers will be able to monitor their work loads and get ready to pitch in games. 


The World Baseball Classic has been very exciting thus far. With the Netherlands upsetting the Dominican, the Aussies beating Mexico, and Korea playing good baseball. Japan has emerged as a powerhouse, and I am hoping that the Americans can pull out some victories to come out of the loser’s bracket. Puerto Rico is also playing very good baseball, it will be a very good game tonight between them and Venezuela.  I will definitely be watching.  I would like to see Snell pitch well tonight.


Now on to my favorite topic, March Madness.  I would like to first point out that Clemson got shafted, they deserve to be a better seed than a 7.  I also thought that Memphis should have been a 1 seed, and that Missouri did not deserve to be a 3 seed.  I don’t think that the big 10 deserved to have 7 teams, adn the pac 10 should not have had 6 teams.  But I guess that’s why I am a baseball player, and not a NCAA Basketball analyst.  So here are some things that I am throwing out there. Who was the biggest snub out of this year’s tourney?  Who will be in the final 4? Who will be the national champion?  Who is going to be this year’s cindarella story? If you have any other questions feel free to ask them.


Some of my opinions to these questions are that Virginia Tech is a pretty big snub. I think they are a better team than a Minnesota or a Wisconsin. My final 4 has Memphis, UNC, Duke, and Wake Forest.  You can call me an ACC homer if you want to.  I think that Wake matches up well with all the teams in its possible path. I still think that UNC is probably the most talented team in the country, and thats who I will probably pick as my National Champion.  I think VCU has a chance to be a cindarella, they are pretty darn good.


Final point, to all the Irish out there, have a happy St. Patty’s day. Have fun, and of course be safe.


Until later,




Hello Everyone,


Well to start things off, my girlfriend comes into town tomorrow night, so I don’t know how much time I will be able to spend on the computer for the next week or so. Lucky for you guys groundhog day officially began today. So there shouldn’t be too much info I can give you.


Secondly, March madness is just about a week away. Oh boy am I excited, I love this time of year.  I can’t wait for selection day, after that I get to make my bracket.


So today we had a bunch of people show up, its really starting to feel like spring trainng. I think there are about 120 or so people here now.  Something overwhelming is the amount of new faces, there are so many new people. It is gonna take some time to get to meet/know all of them.  Today I threw another bullpen. Right around 55 pitches this time, starting to really build up the stamina.  I have to admit, I was pretty worn out towards the end of the bullpen.  Now I have 2 days off, then I throw a live bullpen session, to real hitters, pretty exciting stuff.


In less fortunate news, Jarek Cunningham tweaked his knee, and might have to miss some serious time.  Its very unfortunate for him and the organization if he has to miss an extended period of time. He’s a really good ball player.


Next, what does everyone think about the Terrel Owens deal? Was it the right decision? Where will he end up next? Input and opinions are appreceiated.


Lastly, if anyone has seen a good movie lately, feel free to pass on some information. I will probably try to see a movie with the old lady while she is here. Looking for all the feedback I can get.

Also, I almost forgot. The United States kicks off their classic with a heated battle against Canada. This should be a very good game and I am very excited to watch it.  I think it will be a good test for the Americans, we should get a good indicator of what to expect from them with this game.


Until Later,