Friday, June 26, 2009

YOU'RE OUTTA HERE

Good luck to my dad, Jack Antonelli, and his 14 and under Boston Jr. Rams this weekend when they play in the AAU Super Regional Tournament. Postseason play is always an exciting time, especially when it comes to AAU baseball. The Rams will look to improve on their already succesful season, and Coach Jack will attempt to break the AAU record for ejections in a single season, currently at 27. Doing so would put him not far behind Bobby Cox and his Major League record. Go Rams and Coach Jack!











Wednesday, June 24, 2009

TAKE YOUR PICK

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A few weeks ago I was asked some questions about myself to be displayed on our website.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

STAY OUT OF THE TRAINING ROOM

I've been asked about 1,000 times in the last few weeks where I was for the first month and a half of the season. It's funny to see how many people notice you're missing, but have no idea where you've gone. I missed about half of Spring Training and about thirty-five games of the regular season after hurting my leg at the end of February. I actually have no idea how I hurt it, other than perhaps on a routine dive I attempted during one day of practice. I left the field that day with what felt like some tightness in my lower leg, nothing serious at all. It wasn't until the next morning when I woke up and tried to get out of bed that I realized I had a serious problem. There was a sharp pain in my leg whenever I would bend my knee or even walk around my apartment. I was tested in every way possible from X-rays and MRIs, to bone scans and cortisone shots. Nothing seemed to be showing any kind of noticable injury or working to eliminate the pain. I flew out to San Diego to receive a scope on my knee in an attempt to go inside and find the source of the problem. Luckily, before they cut me open the doctor decided to try a second cortisone shot in a different joint of my leg. Almost as soon as the needle struck my leg I could feel the difference. I squatted down on the floor and for the first time in more than two months I was pain free. I was able to fly back to Arizona that day and begin my rehab at our Spring Training Facility. I spent the next few weeks playing with our Extended Spring Training team, a collection of very young first or second year players, along with other injured Major and Minor League guys. I met back up with the Portland Beavers on May 12, in Oklahoma City for the start of my season. I've been able to play in almost every game since returning to the lineup without any further problems. I wouldn't say I'm 100%, but this is the closest I think I will get this season. After spending almost three months in the training room my leg might have to fall off before I ever decide to go back on the DL.

Monday, June 22, 2009

MY FIRST POST

Hey guys! This is Matt Antonelli of the San Diego Padres. I've created this blog to help stay connected with many of my family, friends, and fans, and keep everyone up to date with my career. If you have any questions or ideas to help make my blog better don't hesistate to let me know.

Here is a little background information about myself for all of you that don't know. I grew up and currently live in Peabody Massachusetts, a city of just over 50,000 people about fifteen miles north of Boston. I went to high school at St. John's Prep, a Catholic school home to about 1200 students, where I played four seasons of football, hockey, and baseball. After completing my junior year of high school I took unofficial visits to Georgia Tech and The University of Virginia, and official visits to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. I decided to attend and play college baseball for Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from 2004-2006. After my junior season I entered the 2006 Major League Draft and was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 1st Round (17th overall). I have spent the past three seasons working my way through the minor league system. I have made stops along the way in Eugene, Oregon, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lake Elsinore, California, San Antonio, Texas, and Portland Oregon. On September 1st, 2008 I was fortunate enough to make my Major League debut at 2nd base against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a day I definitely will never forget. I am currently playing my second season for the Portland Beavers of the Pacfic Coast League (AAA). I am continuously trying to improve my game in hopes of receiving another shot in San Diego.

I plan on keeping everyone up to date with how the season is going and everything else that is going on in my life, so feel free to check in!