Thursday, February 4, 2010

MAIL BAG

Jason from San Diego asks:
Hi Matt! Good luck this season. I hope you have a great year! I had a quick question if you wouldn't mind answering. I know most of your games start at around 7:00 p.m. What do you do when you are not at the field? What time do you usually get up, go to bed, that type of stuff?

Thanks for writing Jason. I get this question a lot. The first time I was talking to someone and told them at 1:30 p.m. that I had to go because I was walking into the stadium they thought I was making up an excuse to get them off the phone. Most people figure I walk into the stadium at 6:00 for a 7:00 p.m. game. I'll give you a quick rundown of what my day usually consists of during a home game since away games are a lot different.

The game has just ended. It's about 10:00 p.m. We come into the locker room, listen to a quick victory song, and start to change out of our uniforms. For the sake of this example I'm playing in triple-A since I have played more than 200 games there and that place is freshest in my memory. Dinner is served buffet style, usually chicken cordon bleu or a cheesy pasta from Applebees. I'm the world's pickiest eater and think tonight's food tastes quite similar to my dog Rico's "Scubby Treats" so I pass on dinner and head for the showers.

Once every three games or so I'll get a quick weight lifting session and a stretch in before I shower just to make sure the body is feeling alright and stays healthy for 162 games. Plus my life motto is "Big Arms Big Paychecks" (Stolen from the show Hogan Knows Best, before Brooke sabotaged the program) I'll get dressed and head out to pick up some dinner. I love this pizza place right outside our stadium, even though its like $20 for a large cheese. Sometimes I'm in the mood for PF Chang's. I'm a real simple guy. If I like something I can eat it every night over and over again and never get sick of it. After dinner I'll head back to my apartment. It is usually around 11:30 or 12:00 a.m.

Last year I became addicted to online poker..."what a loser". I wasted a good amount of nights playing that stuff. I wasn't too bad, winning money from my pretend friends I met online. I actually won like $4 playing at some 5 cent 10 cent tables. Real good use of my time, I know. I love watching movies, so I would usually catch a flick around midnight or 1:00 a.m. to put myself to sleep around 2:00 a.m. My bedroom didn't have a TV so I ended up turning my living room into a studio apartment by dragging my mattress out there.

I'm a bad sleeper, so if I make it to 10:00 a.m. I consider it a victory. Once I get up I make myself breakfast, two cinnamon-raisin bagels with cream cheese. Every single day I have this for breakfast. Well, at least 300 days a year. I'll eat my breakfast while I catch up with some people on the phone, watch Sportscenter, or play a quick game of Madden, Fifa, or NBA 2k9. My XBOX serves a lot of purpose in my life, which is why I'm so pissed it broke on me a few weeks ago. Now it's about 12:00 and getting close to the time I need to head to the field. I'll take a quick shower and get dressed. Since I don't have a car I'll either take the Max, which is kind of like a train/bus I guess, or I'll walk to get food. I'll either get lunch at Chipotle, a bar called the Kingston, a sushi place I can't seem to remember the name of for some reason even though I had lunch their over 50 times last year, or Panda Express. Not exactly the lunch of champions, but I don't have a real lot of options. I usually grab my lunch and head over to the field to eat it around 1 or 1:30.

As you can see, I really don't get anything worth while accomplished during my days. They go by so fast it is unbelievable. After I finish my lunch I watch a little more TV before getting dressed and hitting in our batting cage. Batting practice starts not too long after that and goes for about an hour. When batting practice ends we come in, take a shower, grab a little snack, and usually have an hour to relax before we have to get ready for the game. At 6:30 I head back out to the field to throw, stretch, and get everything ready for a 7:05 first pitch.

That's it. That's my day. Hope you're still awake and that helps.

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