My second of three injections into my knee is tomorrow. †And even though it’s just past 8PM local time, I’m already getting nervious. †I have a thing with needles…
Well the Cavaliers are champions of the ACC Baseball world. †Stunning the 8 team field as the 6 seed, the Cavs pulled off two come from behind wins, demolished the UNC Tar Holes, and beat Florida State in dramatic fashion to take home the hardware. †It was awesome to follow and made me proud to be an alumni of the program. †It’s going to be an even better feeling after they advance out of their regional. †
It’s been a while, huh? ¬†Yea I know I said I’d call and everything but I was so busy. ¬†I was thinking about you the entire time. ¬†I really missed you. ¬†Really!
In the middle of our first road trip, I’m realizing that triple-A – although it’s just one step away from the big leagues – is still very much the minor leagues. †Let’s just say this trip to Tacoma brought back lots of memories from last season while I was still playing in the California leagues. †The bus broke down on the way to the field yesterday! †As if it wasn’t going to be an experience in the first place – after all, we had two players standing in the aisle and another up front by the driver – our twenty passenger bus became covered in a cloud of smoke on the I-5 forcing us to pull over. †We sat in the shoulder for about thirty minutes before help arrived in the form of our strength coach’s rented Toyota mini-van which began shuttling players to the field from the site. †It was quite an experience. †Hopefully today the trip to the field will go a little bit better.
And so it begins! ¬†After a quasi-opening day last night when we travelled 45 minutes south to play an exhibition game against our California League affiliate, the Stockton Ports, it’s finally time for the season to begin. ¬†For me Opening Day is like Christmas – it’s the only other day of the year I’ll lose sleep the night before due to excitement. ¬†Last night was no different. ¬†So after being in Arizona since the middle of February, we finally get to lace ’em up and take the field in one that actually counts.
And so on this day, the 5th of April, it has been decided that I will return to California for my second full season of professional baseball. †This year however, in stead of returning to Stockton, Ill make my home a little further north on I-99 in Sacramento as a River Cat. †Im really looking forward to playing in the Pacific Coast League at the Triple-A level. †Ive heard a lot of pretty good things about the fans and the community so Im excited that I was able to break camp with the Sacramento squad. †Now if I could only decide on a walk-out song…
Salutations sports fans! †We’re coming down the home stretch of spring training out here in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona…and it can’t end soon enough. †The desert sun, early mornings, and long days have taken their toll. †The days have started to blend together. †And everyone is itching to get the season under way and start playing games that actually count!