Friday, April 9, 2010


Yesterday during practice was the first time I've picked up a bat in almost two weeks. The resting period was finally over and it was time to see how much progress my hand has made over the last two weeks. Towards the end of practice I grabbed my bat and headed over to the batting cage where I was allowed to take some swings off of the tee. It doesn't seem like it would be the most exciting thing in the world, but my favorite part about baseball is hitting, so I was excited to swing the bat again.

I started by swinging around 50% for the first ten to fifteen balls to make sure everything was feeling OK. I was surprised to see how good my swing felt. I figured it would take me a while to feel comfortable swinging again, but I felt really good right off the bat. I wasn't experiencing any pain so I kept picking up the pace for the next fifteen swings or so to see if I could get close to a game type swing without any pain. When I got to around 75-80% I could feel that my hand wasn't 100% healed yet. I still had a little bit of discomfort, and I am not sure if this is because my hand just isn't used to swinging or if it needs a little more time off. We decided that I will take the next few days off from hitting just to make sure everything is OK and we will see how it feels on Monday.

In the meantime we are doing everything we can to get it feeling better. Most of my mornings are filled with icing, heating, ultra sounding, stemming, stretching, messaging, strengthening, and any other ING word that pops into your head. I look forward to the day that I won't have to worry about anything and will be able to play pain free. Until then, the training room it is.

Quote of the week-

One thing I love to do is read non-fiction books, especially about great people of history. Lately I have been reading a lot more since I've been unable to practice because of my hand. I came across a quote that I really like and I thought I would share it with you. I find it to be very true.

If you think you're beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
It's almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you've lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will,
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are,
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life's battles don't always go,
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can!


  1. Haha we do try a lot of different equipment and stuff that is for sure

  2. Hey nate what's up dude? Look at you still working hard at school. I would have failed out by now lol. Keep up the good work and good luck with ur exams. Give me a shout when ur tests are over.

  3. Is everybody coming out the woodwork right now and all of a sudden being a "hand expert" and telling you what you need to do to heal, like Accai Berries, Honey, Natural Warm Springs, that kind of stuff?

  4. Matty,

    I was just checking the web to see how you were doing. Thought I would say hi on your official blog. Hope everything is going well. I'm tied down with law school exams for the next few weeks, but I'll give you a call sometime soon.

    Take it easy bud,


  5. Hey Matt, just read a book with you in it. when you get here to Portland, there is a gift certificate for a used bookstore waiting for you.