Next was an EKG test where they strap a bunch of electrical things to your body to make sure your heart is beating correctly. After that I went to Internal Medicine where they check your pulse, heart beat, throat, ears, and that uncomfortable thing where you've got to cough. If everything checks out OK here you move on to another doctor that checks any past injuries you may have encountered. I hurt my leg last year and missed almost two months because of it so the doctor made me do a few exercises to make sure it was healed. Next they check your shoulder strength, hip mobility, and knees to ensure they are all fully healthy.
When you finish here you head over to weigh-in and take your height. Last year, I was measured at 72 and 3/4 inches. Somehow this year I was measured at 72 inches. I know I'm getting older, but I didn't think I would already start shrinking. I weighed in last year at 217 and this year at 204. Losing weight was actually something I was trying to do this off season, so I am happy where I am at right now. Two years ago I got caught up in trying to get big and strong because I thought it would help my power numbers. It actually ended up hurting my power numbers, along with my speed and agility. I was probably better off playing football at that point than baseball. This year I feel so much faster, and my body is moving a lot better.
After we take our height and weight we do a quick "sit and reach" to test our flexibility. It reminded me of 5th grade when you had to do the "sit and reach" along with a pull-up contest and a mile run. I use to kick ass in that mile run by the way, but I'll save that story for another day. We follow this up with a quick test of hand/grip strength and then a vertical jump test. The last thing in line is to take a pee test. The pee test is one of the weirder things we go through during our physical. They give you a cup and follow you into the bathroom. You have to pull your pants down around your knees while a guy stands about 3 inches from you to make sure you are the one to pee in the cup. We are both standing in a tiny bathroom, I don't know who else could sneak piss into my cup for me. Either way, those are the rules and if you want to play you've got to follow them.
The worst part about physicals for me is blood testing. I've never been able to give blood easily. It's not like I faint when I give it, but back in the day I would come really, really close. Whenever I walk into the room with all the nurses and needles I start to get really nervous, but try to act as cool as possible, thinking maybe I can fool all of them into thinking that I'm not scared at all. I haven't been successful with this method to date. As soon as they tie that tube around my arm they always ask me the same thing. "You don't like giving blood very much do you?" I guess I'm bad at pretending. "Shit, how did you know?" The good news was that blood work was postponed. The bad news is it was postponed until tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to it.