Reunited in Sunny Florida
Hello again fans. Another week has already come to a close. It seems like yesterday I was driving into Tampa but I have already been here over a month and there is only one more week before Spring Training officially starts. This week another group of guys arrived early to get ready for the season. Many of my teammates from last year showed up and it was great to see them again. It is an interesting situation because you build some good, close relationships with your teammates over the course of the season, due to the fact that you see them every day for at least 5 hours, you ride on long bus trips together, spend the night together, eat together, you do just about everything together. Then at the end of the season you just leave and typically don’t see each other for another 5 month. So I spent a lot of time catching up with friends this week.
Practices are gradually getting longer to get us ready for Spring Training, where we will be on the field from 9am till 4pm. My shoulder is continuing to get better. I am throwing and hitting off a tee now, and each day my shoulder feels a little better than it did the day before. I am anxiously waiting for the day that I get to take batting practice. It has been exactly five months since I have taken batting practice and that is one of the things I miss the most.
This weekend was another eventful weekend for me; I am trying to do as much as I can right now because soon it will be all baseball. On Saturday one of my friends invited me to go to the Yankees game against the Twins. I had actually really wanted to go to a Spring Training game because I had never been before. It was really exciting because as a Minor League player you don’t get a chance to see many Major League games because you are always playing. After that, I went out to the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, about 30 minutes outside of Tampa. The Strawberry Festival is an annual event that started as a celebration of the new harvest and is now ranked as one of the top festivals in North America. It is a fun event with carnival rides, exhibits of agricultural, fine arts, and history, as well as concerts at night. I splurged and had some of their famous strawberry shortcake, which I have to say is the best I have ever had. Finally, I went to the Third Day concert that night which was really fun.
Thanks for all of the comments and God Bless!