Monday, September 21, 2009


I just arrived in Phoenix after another long six hour flight from Boston's Logan Airport. I've made this exact flight at least twenty times in the last four years and you definitely don't get used to it. I'll usually try to pass the time by reading all kinds of different books and magazines, listening to music or watching movies on my I-Touch, and playing games on my computer. Yeserday I went to Barnes and Noble to buy a few books for the ride. I bought "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch and "The 50th Law" by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Robert Greene. I have always enjoyed reading non-fiction books on just about anybody. I like finding different thoughts and ideas from other successful people's lives that I can apply in some shape or form to my own life, whether it be helping me with baseball or with everyday life. I read about one-hundred pages of 50 Cent's book on the plane, and I've got to say it is a good book. It talks a lot about the doubts and fears that everyone possesses and how to not allow them to get in the way of your dreams and aspirations. I am looking forward to finishing it over the next week.
Tomorrow is the first day of workouts and I am interested to find out how the next month or so will play out. I really have no idea what is in store for me, except for the fact that it will probably involve a baseball in some way. I will be staying in a hotel within walking distance of the park which is really convenient. I will probably still rent a car for the month though so I don't have to walk to the same four or five restaurants around the area. It will also be interesting to see who I have for a roommate. That is the one tough part about Fall Baseball and the Minor Leagues in general. The hotel rooms are usually very small with two beds practically touching each other and one bathroom for two grown men. One perk about the Big Leagues is every player is given their own room in a luxurious hotel. You never have to worry about your roommate waking up too early in the morning or staying up too late at night, or if he wants to watch an episode of The Bachelor when you want to watch Monday Night Football. I can't really complain about that though, because as many of the players in Triple-A will say when someone complains about stuff they don't like, "If you don't like it, play better." I'm excited to start bettering my play starting nice and early tomorrow morning.

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