Friday, March 5, 2010

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Yesterday was our first game of the spring against the Seattle Mariners in Peoria, Arizona. I really can't believe baseball games are starting already. It feels like I was just playing in games a few weeks ago and yet it's already the start of a new season. We ended up losing yesterday's game against the Mariners 9-3. We actually played a pretty good game and were tied 3-3 until they scored six runs in the bottom of the 8th to break it open. I went into the game in the bottom of the 5th and played the last 4 1/2 innings. I ended the game going 0-2 but was pretty happy with how the game went. In my first at-bat my timing was still a little off. Hitting is really all about rhythm and timing, and both needed an at-bat before they got accustomed to baseball again. I ended up grounding out to 2nd on an inside fastball, a pitch I was a little late on. My second at-bat went much better. I hit a pretty hard ground ball to 3rd, but unfortunately for me I hit it right at him and he threw me out.

In today's game we had a rematch with the Mariners and this time won the game 9-3. Obviously it was a great game for us. Our pitchers all threw well and we had a big inning where we scored 8 runs. I went into the game in the bottom of the 4th this time around. I ended up going 1-2 with a single to left field. It's always good to get the first hit out of the way. Both days so far have been absolute great days for baseball, around 75 degrees and sunny. You really can't find better weather anywhere else in the country than what it is right now in Arizona. You can tell the crowd is filled with a lot of Seattle people down from Washington to catch some warm weather. They go crazy every time they get a hit or make a nice play in the field. They also have this super fan that plays a trumpet every time a Mariner comes up to the plate. It's pretty funny, but after playing them four straight games my head might start to hurt. Tomorrow we will face off with the Mariners again and I believe play them one more time on Sunday before we get to move on to another team.

8 comments:

  1. Are you sitting in a dugout with a laptop and a Wifi, I swear that game got over only like 30 minutes ago. :)

    Way to get the hit out of the way! FYI, Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Posada, Nick Swisher, Jimmy Rollins, Lastings Milledge, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ortiz, Youkillis, Erik Aybar, Jason Bay... all went 0 for 2 or 0 for 3 yesterday.

    Now you have more hits in Spring Training than Joe Mauer, J.D. Drew, Jed Lowrie, Adam laRoche, Pujols, Rollins, Ryan Howard, B.J. Upton, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Posada, Swisher, Rafael Furcal, Andre Ethier, Carlos Quentin....

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  2. I hope that super fan guy stays in az, I'm not sure I could handle him at every m's game this year. Glad you got some p.t. the past few days.

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  3. A TRUMPET! This gives me some great ideas for the 72 home games at PGE Park this year.... I bet all the players and fans around me would love it! Thanks for the great idea Matt!!!! And I am right behind home plate, I could blow it the WHOLE time we are at bat.

    I kid, I kid. I'd have to kick my own butt.

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  4. Haha I'm pretty quick

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  5. Lol yeah I think he's just a spring training guy

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  6. Please don't lol

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  7. Finally we would see some baseball, i like this spring games cause almost every guy has the chance to play and you have the oportunity to look at some prospects in the organization. How did you had feel with your improvments so far?

    by the way thanks a lot for answer my question on mail bag!

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  8. Yeah the spring is pretty cool. I feel good about everything I have worked
    on so far. And no problem, thanks for sending in the question

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