Hello fans. We are about half way through Spring Training and I can’t believe it. Time flies when you are working hard and having fun. The biggest news this week was we started playing games. Early this week we started facing live pitchers in practice then we progressed to scrimmaging, and the last two days we played the Pirates. On days that we play games in Tampa we will have practice in the morning, consisting of mostly team oriented drills, batting practice, lunch, the game (around one o’clock), then conditioning and weights. On days that we travel we usually just take batting practice, grab a sandwich to take on the bus, game and then travel back. So our days are a little longer now, sometimes not getting out till after five. The team I am playing/practicing with right now, Tampa Yankees, is looking really good. I am excited to be a part of such a talented group of players and I am even more eager to see if we can win a championship this year.
On Wednesday we had a shortened day, partly to give us a little rest since we are going seven days a week, and also to recognize the teams in our organization that won championships (this year our AA affiliate the Trenton Thunder and our AAA affiliate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees both won championships). We were off a little early so my roommate from last year, Carmen Angelini, and I decided to have a little cook out and have some guys over to hang out. It was a blast. We ended up having about 6-8 guys over, Carmen after some trouble getting the coals burning grilled some amazing chicken and steak, while I took care of the side dishes. It was really nice to have a relaxing home cooked meal with your teammates away from the baseball field.
This week I continued to rest my arm. My arm is feeling better than last week so I was able to start swinging again. Off the field, I spent most of time my time resting, which consist of hanging out, reading, and watching 24. Playing every day is already starting to catch up with me plus I am fighting off a cold and allergies.