Sunday, January 31, 2010

KID CAN'T EVEN READ

I was sitting around yesterday when I decided to take a quick look at the newspaper sitting on my kitchen table. I browsed around for a few minutes before I stumbled upon the Police Log. I rarely read newspapers, but when I do I never read the police log. That is until now. I will now make sure to check it out anytime I have the paper available to me. I can't believe the weird stuff that is going on around me. This stuff cannot be real. I could probably fill this whole blog with outrageous stories from the log but because of time constraints I'll limit it to only two.

The first one I read goes as follows:
Resident called police to report someone from ******* was coming to his town to shoot him with a gun. Officers advised the caller to seek complaint in his town or he could come to the department to file a complaint.

I'm sorry, I hope this guy didn't end up getting shot, but it made me laugh when I read it.

The second one I read was my favorite:
Caller reported a man came to her door asking if she wanted to buy a $25 steak for $3. She declined the offer and the man got into a pickup truck and left the area.

What was this lady thinking? That's the best deal I have ever seen. That's like 90% off. Not even my grandmother, who has every coupon book in the world, could find a deal this great. If I happen to strike gold and this guy knocks on my front door tomorrow I'm buying 500 steaks, opening up a Ruth's Chris, and making straight cash homey.

Friday, January 29, 2010

"I WANNA GO FAST!"- RICKY BOBBY

My girlfriend is a horrible driver. I'm not joking. I fear for my life every time I step into a moving vehicle with her. She made an interesting statement today while we were driving to grab some pizza for dinner. After almost hitting two fire hydrants, a building, and three senior citizens, I decided I'd fill her in on the fact that that she was one of the worst drivers I have ever seen. "Matt, I'm a good driver! I haven't crashed in almost a year!" I'm no rocket scientist, but I don't feel that this makes you a good driver. That's kind of like a doctor talking to you before surgery and saying, "I'm a great doctor. I haven't killed anybody in at least six months." I'd probably look for a new doctor, just like I might start taking a cab to dinner.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

THANK YOU!

I would like to take a few minutes to thank everyone who has taken a moment out of their day to read my blog over the past few months. When I started writing on here a few months ago I thought it would be a cool avenue for me to keep my family and friends up to date with my baseball career. I actually had no idea what a blog was or how to write one until a teammate showed me his at the end of last season. I thought it was really cool way to interact with people and answer any questions they may have for me. I figured I would start one and have a few viewers visit each day. I never thought I would ever receive over 25,000 views in only a few months time. I really appreciate you guys reading and interacting. I wanted to take a minute to first thank you and also ask for your opinions. Is there anything you really like about the blog that I should do more of? Maybe there is something you hate and can't stand when I put it on here. Either way I would love to hear from you and what you think would make the blog better. If you have any new ideas that I have never tried before I would love to hear those too. You can e-mail me at mattantonelli9@gmail.com or you can leave them in the comment section below. Thanks again everyone!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

WHERE'S THE SUNSCREEN?

Hey how is everyone doing? I can't believe January is already almost over. The weather in Boston actually broke the 40 degree mark for the first time in what feels like two months today. I think I saw a few people heading down to the beach to soak up some rays, I'm not kidding. I am heading out for Spring Training in less than three weeks now. I honestly feel like I was just playing baseball a few weeks ago, I don't know where the time goes during the winter.

I decided that I am going to drive my car across country for Spring Training. The trip is a total of about 40 hours. I have five stops along the way so I am hoping that helps make it feel a lot quicker and easier. I'm stopping in a few cities that I have friends in so it will be nice to see a few of my friends that I haven't seen in a while. I decided to drive because I went the last two seasons without a car and it really is a pain in the ass walking everywhere or always trying to find a ride. I had my car in Lake Elsinore and San Antonio and not only was it more convenient but I hit a lot better that year than I have without my car. I could ship my car out, but the last time I did that the company stole all of my belongings that I put in the car and put 800 miles on it. Even though it happened more than two years ago I am still afraid to let any of those companies take my car across country.

Over the last few weeks I have really started to put it into overdrive with my hitting and working out. I have one last push for a few more weeks before the real baseball starts and I am really excited to get things going.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

YOUNG BROADCASTERS

On Wednesday night I took a trip down to Natick, Massachusetts to visit the Young Broadcasters of America, a school that teaches young kids the skills needed to become a broadcaster. I was able to be a guest on one of their hour shows where we talked about baseball and my career, football, hockey, and many other things. I really had a good time working with the kids and learning from them. Check out their website at http://youngbroadcasters.com/new/

Friday, January 22, 2010

FOOTBALL PICKS

With the football season quickly coming to an end we still have two weeks to take in some great games. Last week I went 3-1 with my playoffs picks. I am confident I'm going 2-0 this week. In the first game of the weekend I'm going with the Colts over the Jets. I think the Jets have been playing great and really have some momentum going, but I don't think it is going to be enough to get by Manning and the Colts. Reggie Wayne will get stranded on "Revis Island" but Clark, Collie, and Garcon will provide enough to get by the Jets who will be lucky to score more than 10 points. In the night game I'm going with the Saints over the Vikings. I think talent wise this is a very even game. If the game was in Minnesota I would be going with the Vikings, but because it is being played in the Superdome I have to go with the Saints. The Saints just don't lose in that building and I think that trend continues this week. The only way the Vikings win is if Jared Allen and company can get to Brees and bring him down more than five times. I don't think that's going to happen. Leave who you think will win this weekends games in the comment section below!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

MAIL BAG

Andrew from Massachusetts asks:

Matt, I wish you luck during the upcoming season! I was just wondering what travel is like for a professional baseball player? Do you guys fly everywhere or do you take team buses from city to city?

Hey Andrew, thanks for the question. A few weeks ago I received a question about living arrangements in the minors and how that works. Travel kind of works like our living arrangements do. It really depends on the team you are playing for and the league you are in.

For my first year and a half in the minor leagues, from short season single-A through double-A we strictly took bus trips. Usually after a game is over you would shower, pack up your stuff, and jump on the bus for the next city. We would drive through the night, sometimes for three or four hours and other times for twelve or thirteen hours. If it was a close trip we would pass the time by watching movies or playing cards. I bought one of those little wireless air-cards so I could pass the time on the Internet. They are pretty cool, but when your driving in the middle of no where the service gets pretty shitty, which only pisses me off for the rest of the drive. If it was a long trip most of us would pass the time by sleeping. Some guys bring sleeping bags and sprawl out on the floor. I go with the rest your head against the window approach. It isn't really comfortable, but if you remember to bring a pillow or sneak one out of the hotel it isn't too bad. (Sorry La Quinta)

I always said I couldn't wait until I was able to stop taking buses and fly from city to city. That was until I got to Triple-A the following year. I have heard it said that the Pacific Coast League has the worst travel schedule in professional sports, and I totally agree with them. Most of our flights are very early in the morning, usually around 6:00 a.m. That means we need to be on the team bus to head to the airport around 3:45 a.m. Almost all of our flights are connecting flights. The toughest part about flying is if you have a series out east. By the time you arrive in Memphis or Nashville you have to go straight to the park and get ready to play. You learn how to drink a lot of Red Bull come July.

The best travel is obviously in the big leagues. You have your own chartered flight. You don't have to go through security. You get real food on the flight and not a bag of three year old cheese nips. And the best part of all is once the game is over you jump right on the plane and take off. You don't have to worry about getting up at 3:00 a.m. for your flight. Anytime I feel tired in a workout or don't want to go hit for a 5th day in a row during the off-season I think about those Triple-A plane flights and head running out the door to get working.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CELTICS GAME

You guys already know how much I love the Patriots. I just love football. I'll watch any two teams play it doesn't really matter, but I live and die with the Pats. Another love of mine is the Celtics, although not to the extent that I love my Patriots. A few days ago I was able to go watch the C's play against the Chicago Bulls. I went with a friend of mine that works for a local newspaper.

We had the opportunity to get a media pass which gets us "back stage" if there were a stage at a basketball game. Before the game we had a quick few bites in what I guess was the media lunch room. I figured I'd be eating some soup with a much older crowd of journalists before heading out to the game when suddenly members of the front office, television commentators, coaches, some players, a few cheerleaders, and my main man Tommy Heinsohn walked in. I don't know what the hell is wrong with me. Most 24 year olds would have snuck over and grabbed a seat next to one of the Celtic's dancers, or maybe with Rasheed Wallace. I went for the 75 year old ex-player before I was born now turned TV broadcaster.

I snuck a few peaks over at him every few minutes, eating his Chinese spare ribs and kung-pow-chicken, then opening up a few fortune cookies. Have you ever seen Billy Madison, when on Valentine's day Billy receives a card and looks up to see Principle Max Anderson staring at him? It kind of reminded me of that...I was the Revolting Blob. I'm sorry but Tommy is the man. I've watched over 1000 Celtic's games and Tommy has announced pretty much all of them.

I finished my meal, threw my plate away, and walked out the door to the media sign-in table. I had to sign in and receive another pass to be allowed to walk court-side. While waiting for my pass I looked to my left and Tommy stepped next to me to grab his pass. Here was my chance to say something cunning, funny, memorable, or even just, "Hi Mr. Heinsohn, it's a pleasure to meet you and I love watching you on TV every night." Instead I was transformed into little nine year old Matt Antonelli with my wicked cool 3rd grade comb over and lisp that would make the great Iron Mike Tyson Jealous. "Hi there."...Hi there? What the @&!# was that? I could have said pretty much anything else and it would have been cooler than, "hi there." I received a, "hi" in response. At that point an older lady walked over to Tommy and asked for an autograph, which he gladly signed and then chatted with the woman for a few minutes. I grabbed my pass and walked out to my seat. I'm an idiot.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO

I just can't seem the figure out what the hell is going on with electronics in today's world. You would think since its 2010 things would work better today than they did say back 15 years ago. I'm not so sure that's the case. I'll give you three quick examples. It started off a few days ago. It was the night of the national championship game between Texas and Alabama. I turned my attic into my "man cave", a little sports room with a good TV and eight chairs where we can watch the Pats games on Sunday's and some movies during the week. Well, I wanted to watch the game and my sister, who is two years younger than me, wanted to watch a movie. After arguing for a quick minute we decided I got the TV since it was a big game and I had friends coming over. She decided to watch her movie on my XBOX 360 which is downstairs. Anyways, five minutes into the game my television shuts off. I turn it back on and five minutes later it goes off again. The process repeated like eight times before it stayed on for good. It's 2010 TVs shouldn't be shutting off. It's not like the TV is old I bought the thing three years ago.

The next morning I woke up and went downstairs to play some NBA 2k10 on my XBOX. I turn the thing on and three red rings show up on my console. I have heard about this before but never had it happen to me. Turns out my XBOX shit the bed and I have to send it in to Microsoft for them to fix. Remember in the "old days" when your Nintendo wasn't working? All you had to do to fix it was blow into the cartridge or smash the game against the wall and bang it was fixed. In 2010 you got to package the system up and send it back in. I probably won't get the new one back until the all-star break.

Since I couldn't watch TV upstairs and now couldn't play XBOX I went to jump in my car to run some errands. I started my car and the check engine light is on. I only have 18,000 miles on the thing so I don't know what the hell it could be. I opened up the glove box and read the stupid manual they give you with the car. It says if the check engine light is on you can't ride the car more than ten miles or the car may go into "shut down mode" preventing you from going anywhere. My car has now been sitting in my garage for two weeks. Sweet.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

FOOTBALL PICKS

Since I don't have my Patriots playing anymore I've got to find a way to make this weeks games more exciting. I'm picking the winners of the four games this weekend and you guys pick who you think will win. Leave your winners in the comment section. Sorry I'm doing this so late I know the games start in only a few hours but I just thought of it. Whoever gets the most teams right gets a high-five. We aren't doing spreads because that's too much like betting so I got to stay away. I'm going with the Vikings over the Cowboys, the Colts over the Ravens, the Saints over the Cardinals, and the Chargers over the Jets. I know, you think I only picked the favorites, but I just really like home teams in the playoffs that play in a dome. And I think this week just spells the end for the Jets. Anyways, leave your answers below if you see this before the start of the first game tomorrow.

Friday, January 15, 2010

FRIARHOOD INTERVIEW

Hey guys! I did a quick interview of five questions for Friarhood a few days ago, a website dedicated to the Padres. If you want to check out the whole interview go to:

(Friarhood) First give us some insight into life as a top prospect for the San Diego Padres.

(Matt Antonelli) There is nothing I'd rather be doing than playing baseball for the Padres. The Padres are a great organization and playing professional baseball is something I have been working towards since I was young. I am just working really hard everyday to make myself a very good player that can help the Padres be successful and win baseball games.

(FH) After spending limited time on the field in 2009 what has this off season been like for you? How is your health heading into Spring Training?

(MA) Last year was a really weird year for me. After not playing the way I wanted to in 2008 I was looking forward to putting everything behind me in 2009. Unfortunately, I got banged up in Spring Training and had to miss the first month and a half of the season. I had never been hurt before in my life, so not being able to play with my team was really uncomfortable for me. I really didn't know what to do and I felt horrible about not being out there. When I joined the team I felt good for the first few weeks but ended up hurting myself again and missing a week or so because of it. I tried playing through the pain but ended up getting the flu and missing 16 games because of that. It was really just a bad year health wise for me, but my body feels the best it ever has right now. I am really looking forward to putting all that stuff in the past and having a great year this year.

(FH) What is one aspect of your game that you worked on this off season that you are excited to see payoff on the field in 2010?

(MA) I have worked on a lot of stuff this off-season, but the one part of my game that I have really focused on is my hitting. It has been really frustrating to not hit well the last two years. Hitting was always something that I had done well during my baseball career, so not hitting well for so long was extremely frustrating. I know my swing is in a much better place right now than it has been in the past.

(FH) What has been the hardest adjustment with pro ball?

(MA) Adjusting to pro ball was more difficult my first year or so than it is now. The real adjustments come with the travel and the amount of time you are playing baseball. In college you play 56 games over almost five months. You come to pro ball and are thrown into a 150 game or so season. It takes a while to get used to playing that many games over a season. Now that I have been through three seasons 150 games feels very normal to me.

(FH) During spring training last season Corey Brock wrote a piece about how you were using video to help keep your swing consistent. Is that still a tactic you are using for 2010?

(MA) I got into video two years ago when my swing started to break down and I still use it today. Video is something that a lot of players use to make sure their swing stays the way they want it. The thing about video is to make sure you don't go crazy with it. If you put your swing in slow motion and look at it 500 times you can find something that you might think is wrong with every part of your swing. There are a few parts of my swing that I like to look at to make sure everything is happening the way I want, but I make sure not to overdo it.

(FH) With David Eckstein coming back for this season, do you expect to compete for the starting second base job in Spring Training?

(MA) David is a really great player and more importantly just an awesome guy. I feel very fortunate to be able to learn from him. He played great last season and I know he will do the same this year. I am going to Spring Training to play the absolute best baseball I can play. I don't really worry about who is behind me or who is in front of me. I am going to play my best baseball and let everything else take care of itself.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

TRIVIA WINNER

Hey guys, how is everyone doing? I just wanted to let you guys know that we do have two winners for today's question. The answer to the question is 51. I hit 18 home runs in my three years at Wake Forest and then hit 33 as a professional, 32 in the minor leagues and 1 with the Padres. Congratulations to the two winners, Josh and Matt. One thing I need is for Matt to send me your e-mail address so I can find out where to ship the bat. You left your answer in the comment section of the blog. Thanks a lot guys I appreciate you all participating.

TRIVIA QUESTION

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And yes I know it is mathematician. Every time I say mathemagician people yell at me. I just think it sounds cooler. Don't forget, send your answer to mattantonelli9@gmail.com or leave it under this question in the comment section. Whatever is fastest for you.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

BASEBALL CLINIC

We will be holding a baseball clinic on Martin Luther King Day for all players 7-12 years of age. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. for ages 7-9 and 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. for ages 10-12. It will cover all aspects of the game including hitting, fielding, and throwing. The cost of the clinic is $50 per player and will take place at Strike One in Danvers, Massachusetts. It should be a great time for the kids to get out of the house and play some baseball. If you are interested please e-mail me at mattantonelli9@gmail.com.

Monday, January 11, 2010

BASEBALL SEASON

Well, it is officially baseball season. I can't believe how fast the off-season is going now that football season, at least for me, is over. The Patriots played their worst game of the year at exactly the wrong time and got bounced from the playoffs. I am not exactly sure what my Sundays will now be devoted to until I leave for Arizona. I will probably still find myself watching football and cheering for the Chargers.

Today I got some hitting in and did some baseball lessons. Below is a few swings I took during the day.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A GAME?

I was speaking to a Yankees fan yesterday and he was talking about the old Yankee Stadium and what a great place it was to go and watch a ballgame. I have had the opportunity to watch dozens of games at Fenway Park, and as many of you know that live in this area or have seen a game know it is a really unique experience. While I have played in and seen games in hundreds of stadiums during my life I was wondering which stadium you guys think is the greatest ball park in the country? I never had the chance to watch a game at Yankee Stadium, something I really wish I had the chance to do.

There are also a ton of big league parks I wish I could watch or play in throughout the country. Wrigley Field is one place I would love to go to. Whenever the Cubs are playing on TV it looks like more of a party than a baseball game. I imagine it would be an awesome place to take in a game. I was wondering which stadium you guys think is the greatest place to watch a baseball game at. It doesn't have to be a Major League stadium either. I have been to a bunch of minor league and college stadiums where although they might not hold 30,000 or more people they still have a really awesome atmosphere.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

TRIVIA GIVEAWAY

On this coming Wednesday I am going to ask another trivia question and the winner will receive a signed game used bat that I used during the 2008 season. I have two bats to give away so the first two people to answer the question correctly and send it to mattantonelli9@gmail.com or leave it under the comment section of the question will win. Both bats have small cracks in the handles from game use.
















Thursday, January 7, 2010

WINTER WORKOUTS

I had the chance to work with the baseball team from my high school yesterday. It is nice to see them getting together in January and working on their game even though there's still a few months to go before tryouts start. With the weather being so cold up here the season starts only a few weeks after tryouts begin. Our high school team hasn't won a state championship since my freshman year so I am hoping this is the year. Its weird that my allegiance to my high school is stronger than my allegiance to my college. When I go to Thanksgiving football games and hockey games and we don't win, or I hear that the baseball team gets knocked out of the state tournament it still upsets me even though I graduated six years ago. I am really looking forward to being able to work with the team for another month or so before I go back to Spring Training. After their workout I was able to get in a little work out of my own.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

OLD DAYS

A look back at the beautiful baseball fields of the North East, and some ugly fielding mechanics. Ever wonder what it is like to play on a field with no water?


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Monday, January 4, 2010

FENWAY WORKOUT

I found this video on my video camera a few days ago. It was shot during the summer after my sophomore year at Wake Forest. After my freshman and sophomore years I was fortunate enough to play in the Cape Cod League for the Falmouth Commodores. I hope that anyone who plays college baseball is able to spend a year playing down the Cape. It really is a great time and an awesome learning experience. This video is of a workout I did at Fenway Park. Every year they choose a few guys to do a workout for the Red Sox. The day turned out great for me. My uncle bet me $100 to hit a ball over the monster. You can hear them laughing after I hit one over. Also, check out how tight my pants are. I have no idea how I squeezed myself into those things or why I thought they were comfortable. It looks like I painted pin-stripes straight onto my legs.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

PLAYOFFS????

I hope everyone had a nice New Year's holiday. I was able to enjoy three days doing a baseball camp for young kids in the area. We have received about a foot of snow over the last few days so I have been hanging out at home and watching a lot of movies and TV. Today I got to watch my Patriots lose to the Texans. I don't care so much about the loss because it really doesn't matter all that much, but Wes Welker looked to have torn his knee up which is really sad. Its got to stink working so hard the entire year to make the playoffs, and then a week before they start not being able to go out and help your team. That's the nature of football I guess.

I was wondering what you guys thought about NFL teams sitting players to rest them for the playoffs. I have heard a lot of people from cities all around the country complaining that a team they need to lose is playing a team that is resting players for the playoffs and they think it is unfair for their own team.
First of all, if you're the head coach of a team that has clinched the playoffs and you think that resting some hurt players to get them prepared for the playoffs will give your team the best chance at winning a Super Bowl then rest them. I hate how teams that are fighting for a playoff birth and are 8-7 or 7-8 are complaining that some teams are sitting their players. If you didn't want to be in that situation then you should have won more than 7 or 8 games. That's just how I feel on the subject, what do you think?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

HIGH SCHOOL HITTING

It is always funny to look back and see what you looked like as a player back in the day. I recently found a few videos of myself during my Junior year of high school at St. John's Prep. My swing has really changed since those days. I wish I had more at-bats to show, but I only have a couple. I don't know exactly what I was thinking when I took my practice swings. I guess I was trying to stay warm in the cold April air. I have no clue.


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