Baseball in November
A couple days ago one of our catchers, Matt McBride, walked into the clubhouse with a Starbucks coffee. This isn’t that unusual considering we have early games most of the time, but what made it unique this time was that the cup Matt had in his hand was the “Starbucks Christmas cup.” My only thought was, how is there Christmas stuff already going up and we are still playing baseball? After a season that started for most of us in late February, it has definately been a long year. A lot of games have been played, plenty of movies have been watched on the bus trips or plane flights, and way too much BP has been shagged, But, each day out here you experience something different here in Arizona. It may have something to do with the wonderful weather or ballparks we are playing in, but I really think it is watching so many good players that are in this league. Its been really fun to see some of the guys you have heard or read about compete on a daily basis, and after playing with them for a while, I’m pretty convinced that Chris Heisey and Matt McBride are the two greatest hitters I’ve ever seen. Both of those guys have been on fire since they’ve gotten here. Also what makes playing out here different is that we are playing with different organizations and guys that you have never played with before. You get a chance to talk to guys about what other organizations are like or how they throw a certain pitch or how to pitch to a guy they may have faced during the season. We have a pretty entertaining group of pitchers down in the bullpen that helps the game go by much faster. We talk about pitching and study hitters for the most part, but that’s tough to do for three hours straight every game. So Lee Hyde might bust out his Harry Carry impression, or Mike DeMark may break off into some random story, or Conor Graham will go off talking about thenew Call of Duty video game. Speaking of that, I have never seen more players show up tired to a clubhouse than what I saw today. Call of Duty came out at 12:01 last night and I’m pretty sure I was the only guy on the team who didn’t wait in line for it. Everyone spent the day talking about the levels and exchanging names so they can play online. I have never been a big video game guy, but I may have to get it to see what all the hype is about.
Less than 10 days of baseball left here. It’s been a great experience both on and off the field. I’ve made some great new friends and have definitely become a better pitcher over the past 6 weeks in this league. Thanks to all of you who read my blog and followed our team here in AZ. I’ m looking forward to going home for a few months before I pack it up again and head to Spring Training in Orlando!