Monday, March 15, 2010

GAMES 10, 11 AND WORLD RECORDS

Today I was made aware of a feet accomplished for the first time in the history of sports. I actually have no idea if this has happened before or not. I'm sure it has been, but I'll pretend it hasn't until I know for sure. In yesterday's game in the 9th inning and a man on first there was a ground ball to our shortstop for a 6-4-3 double play. The shortstop was Lance Zawadzki a native of the great state of Massachusetts, the second baseman was myself, also a member of Massachusetts, and the first baseman was Nate Freiman, a third member of the Bay State. I am not sure, but that might be the only "all Massachusetts" turned double play. I don't know who I have to call to find out for sure, but I want in to the Guinness book of world records.

On Saturday we had an away game against the Oakland A's. I came into the game in the 5th inning and ended up with three at-bats going 1 for 2 with a sacrifice bunt. We entered the top of the 9th losing 8-4 but found a way to string some hits together and take the lead 9-8. The A's tied the game in the bottom of the 9th on a two out home run. We were shut down in the top of the 10th and in the bottom of the 10th two things happened that I have never seen before in my baseball career. With one out and the bases loaded we decided to take our left fielder and bring him into the infield to play with five infielders and two outfielders. I have seen this happen once on TV back when I was younger, but I have never experienced it first hand. Our new 5th infielder traded in his outfielder's glove for his first base mitt but was positioned where the 2nd baseman would usually play and I was shifted almost directly behind the pitcher. After two pitches the 1st base umpire called timeout and made our new 1st/2nd baseman remove his first base glove because there is only one allowed on the field at any given time. I had no idea this was even a rule. I figured if you wanted to use a goalies glove you could as long as you felt you could catch a ball with it. We ended up striking out that hitter, but lost with two outs in the bottom of the 10th 10-9.

In Sunday's game we played the Cleveland Indians at home. This was probably our most complete game played this season, winning 5-3. I got into the game in the top of the 6th inning and finished with one at-bat going 0 for 1 with a broken bat ground ball to third. I've used this bat since the beginning of Spring Training so I was a little upset when I felt the thing break in my hands. Baseball player's are some of the most superstitious athletes in the world, so if something is working for you, whether it be your bat, the way you put your socks on, or the number of times you tap your toes while standing in the batters box, you want to keep doing it. I'm hoping my new bat has a lot of hits in it.

Today we have our first night game of the spring against the San Francisco Giants at 7:05 PM.

5 comments:

  1. "whether it be your bat, the way you put your socks on, or the number of times you tap your toes while standing in the batters box"
    I've always worried about the superstitious but absent minded baseball player, not remembering anything they did but wanting to do it again.

    Who knew about the 1st base mitt rule? And who was paying that much attention to call it? I'm with you, I would have thought everybody could have a catcher's mitt on if they wanted and the mitt was approved.

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  2. Matt, I grew up with your father in the old neighborhood in West Peabody. I have tried several time to no avail to reach you. Your father and I played a lot of ball together when he came from the old country, much of it in his backyard and mine. I went off to St. John's Prep like you and so your father and I lost touch. I have followed you since you got drafted and saw you play live for the first time on MBL network yesterday. How can you and I talk live for a moment because I'd love to connect and see how I can connect with your father. Please reach out.

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  3. thanks Matt. good luck I'm rooting for you. look forward to talking with your father.

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  4. Hey Matt,

    I'm really enjoying your blog, and am cheering for you from home.

    This post caught my eye about the MA double play. I had the opportunity to visit St. John's in Shrewsbury last month to assess their "Xaverian Sponsored School" mission, and had the opportunity to meet a number of students. Anyway, one of the student's last names was a senior whose last name was "Zawadzki" and he was the shortstop on the Pioneer's baseball team. When I saw that name in your post, I said to myself, they have to be related. If so, he was one of the nicest kids I met during my entire visit...really made a great impression on me as a respectful, sincere young man...if he's related to Lance, you can pass that on.

    Take care, Matt, and keep the updates.

    Chris Lynch, SJP

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  5. I think your world record might just stand up to scrutiny. I don't see any 3 Mass born players being on the same team (1900 on) nor any of them playing SS, 1st or 2nd. This is pretty cool. I dub thee the "MASSive Turn" or the "3-5-1, 6-4-3" .

    I suspect (and demand) a possible TOPPS Baseball card with that neat factoid!

    "MASSive Turn" and the "3-5-1, 6-4-3" is hereby copyrighted and has been internationally trademarked.

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