Sunday, March 28, 2010

GAMES VS. BREWERS AND CUBS

On Friday we traveled to Maryvale, Arizona to play the Milwaukee Brewers. I came into the game in the bottom of the 6th inning at second base. I ended the game going 0-2. In my first at-bat I got to face Trevor Hoffman. It was my first time facing him in my career which was pretty cool, even though he struck me out on his change-up. That pitch is no joke. It really looks like it comes out of his hand like a fastball but stops halfway to the plate. In my second at-bat I hit a ball pretty good to left field but it was caught around the warning track for the final out of the inning. We played another good game as a team winning 9-4.

After the game I was signing some autographs for fans down the right field line when I little kid around eight years old asked me if he could have my glove. I told him I wished I could give it to him but it was my only game glove so I had to keep it. I figured he'd understand and say thank you. Instead he looked me right in the eyes and said, "You stink!" I almost laughed at first but I just kind of looked at him weird and started to walk up the tunnel towards the locker room. After I walked a little bit I heard again from behind me, "You stinkkkk!" I was thinking about when I was a little kid. I would have been scared shitless to talk to a player, never mind tell him he wasn't any good. My dad always tells me that kids aren't the same as they used to be. I always tell him he's just old school, but I'm starting to believe him now.

Yesterday we had a split squad, a home game against the Cincinnati Reds and an away game against the Chicago Cubs. I played in the away game and started at 2nd. I ended the game 1-3 with a single, a slow ground ball to third that I beat to first. These hits kind of feel cheap sometimes, but earlier in the game I hit a line drive that their shortstop jumped and caught, so things even out in the end. The game was low scoring most of the way. It was scoreless into the sixth I believe until they hit a home run to take a one run lead. We ended up taking back the lead 2-1 before they tied it up at 2-2 where the game ended in a tie. Spring Training games only go 10 innings to make sure none of the pitchers are overused. We ended up winning the home game against the Reds 3-2.

16 comments:

  1. hahahahaha....gotta love kids these days.

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  2. I'm still young so I still try to get players autographs and equipment, some guys ignore me (those are the guys people are supposed heckle) but it's awesome when they acknowledge me. I just find it so awesome talking to major league baseball players.

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  3. I can't imagine asking for equipment, except for a ball. What do they think, 200+ dollar mitts just grow on trees in baseball? Also, doesn't he know, you have to offer a player a coke on thier way back to the locker room to get stuff? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj1oQ1tQ02M

    Go tell Ichiro and Johnny Pesky that you feel infield singles are cheap
    A. Johnny Pesky can't hear too well and will think you said "infield bingo are sheep."
    B. Ichiro's english isn't perfect and he will smile at you.

    So in summary, you won't suffer any repercussions for saying that. DAMN.

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  4. Hahaha where do u come up with this stuff lol

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  5. No kidding huh

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  6. Wow...I never would have thought to act like that at that age.

    If I had and my parents had heard me, I would have gotten smacked and told to, "Go apologize to Mr. Antonelli right now."

    You have to realize, like your dad, I was raised "old school" and could have only called you Matt at that age if you said it was ok.

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  7. Matt, sorry to hear you were sent to Portland, but looking forward to seeing you play here.

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  8. Hey thanks

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  9. Hey, sorry to hear about being sent to Portland. A whole bunch of my friends and I are coming up to watch you and the Beavers play on 11th though! Good luck this season!

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  10. Hey thanks a lot

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  11. Like others, sorry to see you're going down to Portland.

    Having said that, from seeing the article on mlb.com you're handling it like a true professional. You have chosen to look at it from the bright side and that's very commendable of you.

    It would seem that your parents did a fine job of raising you and I hope to see you in a Padre uniform soon!

    Good luck to you and please keep us all up to date on your blog.

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  12. Freakin' Out, I hate being at Triple-A sometimes, you can't be happy about seeing a player without about 30 tons of guilt for that happiness.

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  13. Maybe he was trying to be nice and to tell you to go take a shower because you "stunk".....bahahahaha.

    Kick ass in Portland. Make Eckstein drop bombs to keep his job.

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  14. Lol why do u feel guilty

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  15. Thanks I appreciate that. I will definitely keep writing.

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  16. Not guilt like it is my fault but guilt at being happy to see you play in Portland at your expensive of a failed promotion. Same guilt but in reverse over Kyle Blanks leaving Portland, he got what he wanted and I was happy for him but felt guilty that I REALLY wanted him to stay.

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