Thursday, November 12, 2009

MAIL BAG

Jake from Massachusetts asks:

What went through your mind when you first faced Greg Maddux, a superb control pitcher and future Hall of Famer?


Thanks for the question Jake. A lot of people don't believe me when I tell them, but the real answer to that question is "nothing". It was really strange. I flew to Los Angeles at 6:00 A.M. the morning of the game from Tacoma, Washington, where I was finishing up my Triple-A season. I arrived at the ballpark right from the airport and figured I wouldn't even be playing since I just got called up. I got called into our manager's office and he let me know that I was in the starting lineup. Before it could all sink in it felt like it was close to game time. I was hitting 8th in the order that day, so I didn't get up until the 2nd inning. In the bottom of the 1st their lead-off hitter hit a hard ground ball to me. Once I made the play and threw it to first for the out I could feel myself really relax. When I got up to bat it felt no different than any other game I had played in during the year. I really felt comfortable in the batters box. I was hitting well in Triple-A for the last month, so I think that helped out a lot. I hit a line-drive single to center field on the third pitch for my first big league hit. It didn't really sink in until I got back to the hotel later that night and received a lot of text messages and calls from my friends asking me what it felt like to play in a Major League game. Now that I look back on it, I'm not sure if there's another pitcher in the game I would rather get my first hit off of. Needless to say, it's something I will never forget.
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