Back in the Books
Hello Fans, this week I continued my throwing program and completed another phase in my throwing program that consisted of 50 throws at 60 feet. My arm continued to feel a little bit better so this upcoming week I will be moving back to 90 feet. I have increased my swings and I am hoping that I will be able to take batting practice this week as well. It is amazing how far I have come over the past 5 months when I look back at where I have come. The progress has been so slow that sometimes I forget that I am making progress. I remember after coming out of my sling 4 weeks after surgery I could barely move my arm. I distinctly remember saying to myself and to others that it will be a miracle if I can ever lift my arm above my head or throw normally again. When I evaluated myself day to day, the progress was too small to notice, but when I looked at the progress I made week to week or even every two weeks that is when I see the improvement.
This week I spent a lot of time reading and working on school work. School work? That’s right; I am taking a couple of classes online right now because I want to continue my education and eventually graduate. I am actually taking a study break as we speak to write this blog. I have wanted to finish the Government course before Spring Training, but I didn’t quite make it. O well. I also, finally, picked up a book that many people had been insisting I read, “Beyond Belief” by Josh Hamilton. The book is about Josh’s childhood, his fall into drug abuse, and eventually his incredible comeback and where he found “The Strength to Come Back”. The book lived up to the hype that so many people had built. I finished the book in a few days, most of that reading done in one afternoon. If you are interested in a true story of baseball, heartbreak, overcoming amazing odds, inspiration, or encouragement I would strongly recommend it.
Well, tomorrow is the first day of official Spring Training, which marks the beginning of another season. Over the next month our performance will determine where we will start the beginning of the 2009 season. So I can say with fairly good certainty that the guys are resting right now, getting ready for the upcoming week. Everyone has arrived now and completed their physicals, which were finished this morning.
Next week I will give you a report on what Spring Training is really like. Have a blessed week and thanks again for reading!