Hi guys. I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. Things around here have been basically the same as always. I actually get a chance to get a little change of pace starting tomorrow. The extended spring training season ended yesterday so I will get a chance to head back home for six days. It will definitely be nice to get out of this apartment for a little while and get ready to come back next Sunday to hit it hard for the next four months. Below is a video of me answering an email I received a few days ago. I am sorry if I haven't gotten around to your emails lately but I'm trying to space them out a little bit. Thanks for sending them in and I hope you enjoy the video.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Hey guys, I hope everyone is having a great day today. I continued the rehabilitation process this morning over at our spring training facility, with today marking four weeks since receiving my surgery. I am feeling better and better each day I show up to the stadium and hopefully will continue to progress leading up to my first game back on the field. Below is a quick video I put together talking about my progress over the past few weeks.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 4:54 PM
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Hey Guys, thanks to everyone for participating in the contest today. The correct answer to the question was 2632 games, and the first person to answer it correctly was Melissa K. Congratulations to Melissa for getting the question right and winning a new pair of batting gloves. Melissa, if you would email me the address you would like the gloves mailed to and also whether or not you would like them signed by me and I will send them out as soon as I can. Thanks once again to everyone who wrote in and good luck next time.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 12:11 AM
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
First person to correctly answer this question and send it in to either email@example.com or in the comments section below will win a free pair of my Nike batting gloves.
Cal Ripken Jr. holds the Major League record for most consecutive games played. How many games did he play in a row?
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 1:06 PM
Monday, May 24, 2010
Today I am heading over to Scottsdale, Arizona for a meeting with my doctor who performed my hand surgery. It has now been twenty-four days since I received my surgery and I have been out of my cast for two weeks. Over the past ten days or so I have been doing different types of exercises to strengthen and stretch my hand and forearms. I will find out today how well the recovery has been going, if I am on time, ahead of schedule, or not healing as quickly as anticipated. Speaking with our rehab coordinator it sounds like everything is healing the way it should be, but I will get the official word today whether or not I can start to swing a bat again soon.
Here is a picture of my hand I took today. It wouldn't win any beauty pageants, but it looks a lot better than it did only one week ago.
Also, don't forget about the contest tomorrow. Winner receives a pair of new Nike batting gloves.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 12:13 PM
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Hey guys! I'm going to be giving away a pair of my batting gloves to whoever is the first person to answer a trivia question on Tuesday, May 25th. The question will have something to do with the history of baseball. I'll be putting up the question once I get back from rehabbing on Tuesday, so once you know the answer send it in to either firstname.lastname@example.org or on the comments section of the blog. First person to answer correctly will win a pair of Nike batting gloves. I will sign them if you would like, and if you don't really like me then I won't. Good luck and check in on Tuesday for the question.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 1:22 PM
Friday, May 21, 2010
I want to take a few minutes to first congratulate and then thank Dirk Hayhurst, a former teammate of mine. Dirk and I played together for the Lake Elsinore Storm, San Antonio Missions, Portland Beavers, and San Diego Padres. While playing in all of these cities, Dirk was working on a book that he said would one day become a bestseller. Dirk and I had roomed together periodically during his time with the Padres, so I always knew he was a very talented writer. A few months ago, The Bullpen Gospels was released, and shortly thereafter named to numerous best seller lists. I want to congratulate Dirk on the success of his book and also thank him. I went and bought the book a few days ago and was pumped when I saw I had been mentioned. Yes, it was only one sentence, and he didn't use my name, just my nickname, but I still made it in a best seller so I'll take it. So thank you Dirk for speaking kindly of me and good luck with the Blue Jays.
Below is a picture of Dirk and me during "Mullet Night". He thought my wicked cool hairdo resembled his a bit.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 7:32 AM
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This was a post that I wanted to put up here a few months ago during Spring Training but for some reason forgot. I'm not sure why it is, but I get called Mark Antonelli a lot. I know Matt and Mark are semi close, but they are two pretty different names. I don't go around calling Billy, Bobby, or Tom, Tim, but for some reason a lot of people call me Mark. The craziest thing is that I get announced as Mark in a lot of ballparks that I have played in. I've gone entire games from the 1st at-bat until the last with, "now batting #9 Mark Antonelli." The announcer has the lineup card right in front of him, which makes it even more mind boggling. The fact that I get called the wrong name a lot doesn't really bother me, it just makes me wonder why it happens so much.
A few years ago I was invited out to San Diego during the off-season to take part in Friar Fest. While I was out there we had a charity lunch with an organization that made homemade cookies for all of the players. I was called up to grab my cookie, and when I looked down at it, this is what I saw. I couldn't help but laugh.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 7:47 AM
Monday, May 17, 2010
Hey Matt, we fans don't hear much about what players do while on the DL. Can you give us some insight on what you do to rehab and why in AZ?
Hi Dan, thanks for your questions. Over the past few weeks I have been putting up videos on my hand progress and what type of things I've been doing, but I've never really explained where or when I do it. To help you understand a bit more about the rehab schedule and why I do it here in Arizona and not in San Diego, or Portland, I will go a bit more in depth about the entire rehab process.
First off, we have a minor league and major league rehabilitation coordinator that is in charge of helping any injured player get back to good health as fast and efficiently as possible. Our major league rehab coordinator is stationed in San Diego, so any player that is with the big league team that gets hurt will stay in San Diego and work with him. Any player that is in the minor leagues is sent to Peoria, Arizona, to our spring training complex where our minor league rehab coordinator is located.
My surgery was almost three weeks ago and I had my cast removed about four days ago. Now that my cast is removed I meet every morning with our rehab coordinator at around 9:30 AM to begin the rehabilitation process. Recovery time for a broken hamate bone is typically 6-8 weeks, but can sometimes run up to 10 weeks. This is a rough estimate of how my rehab program will go, but things can quickly change depending on how good or bad the hand is healing.
The first two weeks were spent in a cast. The next two weeks (weeks 2-4) will be spent regaining mobility and strength in my hand. As you can probably guess, my hand was extremely stiff when they removed the cast, so we have to spend a lot of time stretching and going through different range of motion exercises to regain that motion. At the same time we start strengthening exercises. The exercises are really simple due to the lack of strength my hand has right now. As the days pass we add more and more weight to my exercises until the strength returns to its normal state.
The following two weeks (weeks 4-6) I am allowed to hold a bat in my hands again, if the doctor clears me to do so. I have a meeting with my doctor on May 24 to decide if the hand is healing properly. These two weeks will be spent getting used to hitting again. I will work on slowly building back strength in my hand. The first day or so will be spent taking dry swings, which is just swinging a bat without hitting a ball. If that feels good the next few days will be spent hitting of a tee, followed by hitting soft toss, and then on to batting practice. It is probably a few days of each until we finally get to batting practice. If the hand continues to feel good I will be allowed to face live hitting, which is our pitchers throwing game like speed pitches to me.
The final two weeks (weeks 6-8) if I have passed all of the tests and still feel good I should be allowed to start playing in rehab games here in the Arizona Rookie Ball League. After a few weeks of games if I am still feeling good I should be ready to ship out to Portland and begin my season.
This is the game plan for the next month and a half. Hopefully I did OK explaining the rehab process, and hopefully it will all go to plan and I will be back playing in games again soon.
Below is a picture of my hand I took today. If you think it looks gross, it feels even worse to the touch. I know it looks like I drew on myself, but the long line is where they cut my hand to open it up and the holes are from the stitches.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 1:29 PM
Saturday, May 15, 2010
A few weeks ago my girlfriend and I took a day trip up to Sedona, Arizona on our off day to check out the scenery. Sedona seems to be a popular place for players in the Phoenix area to visit when they have a day off of baseball. The landscape there is unlike most places I've been to in my life. It really was a cool experience, and anyone that lives in the area or travels here on vacation should definitely take a day trip to check out the city and its surrounding attractions. Below is a short video I shot while in the area. I hope you enjoy.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 6:49 PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
A few days ago my dad called to tell me about something ridiculous he had just witnessed on the local news. He was watching the mayor of Boston, Tom Menino, announce the unveiling of a statue of Bobby Orr, commemorating his game winning goal in the 1970's Stanley Cup Finals. Tom decided to recollect on a few "ionic" moments in Boston sports history. I'm no genius, and I've never been on Stump the Schwab, but I'm pretty sure Jason Varitek never kicked any game winning field goals for the New England Patriots. I wonder if Tom has ever read a local newspaper, turned on ESPN, or walked across the street to witness a Red Sox game? It is totally possible that the mayor is a big sports fan and just happened to mix up his words, but either way it still makes me laugh.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 1:31 PM
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
So I wanted to throw this up here yesterday but I forgot, so I will put it up a few hours before game 5 starts. First off, Rajon Rondo had an unbelievable game Sunday. It may have been one of the greatest games in Celtics playoff history. I love the energy and toughness that he plays with night in and night out. Although he put up something like 28 points, 18 rebounds, and 13 assists, this was my favorite play of the night. I don't know Anderson Varejao, and I am sure I would love the guy if he played for the Celtics, but he annoys the crap out of me. He is one of those all out hustles guys that seems to be everywhere, always getting to loose balls, getting under opposing players skin, and taking charges, (though most of them are flops) and it really drives me nuts. Anyways, this was probably the most proper form of pay back, and I suggest we try it on Lebron if he comes out super aggressive tonight and tries to put up 20 points in the first quarter. Give it a try what the hell.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 11:28 AM
Monday, May 10, 2010
Hey guys, how is everyone doing today? Personally, I am excited today because I finally got my cast off this morning. I really don't know how people who break their arms or ankles survive In those things for six weeks or sometimes even more. I've only had mine on for two weeks and it drove me absolutely nuts each and every second of it. Below is a quick video talking about what happened at my doctors appointment today along with some pictures of the surgery. My hand is still sore so typing is a pain. Thanks again for checking in and I hope everyone has a great day.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 2:40 PM
Friday, May 7, 2010
I was looking through my computer yesterday and found a few clips of me hitting during batting practice at this year's Spring Training that I didn't even know I had. Since I haven't been able to pick up a bat in almost a month now, I thought I would throw them up here. I figure if I keep watching myself swing, maybe when I pick up a bat again in a few weeks from now it won't feel like I haven't swung in so long.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 1:01 PM
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Below is a friend of mines reaction when Lebron called and told him that they had lost to the Celtics in game 2 and lost their home court advantage.
Hi guys, hope everyone is doing well today. Below is another video update since it has taken me fifteen minutes to type these last twenty words. Hope you enjoy it. Most of the video is a response to a question I received from a younger baseball player.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 12:09 AM
Monday, May 3, 2010
Hi guys. It is still very hard for me to type so I made another video to keep you up to date with my progress. Thanks for watching!
Below is a CT Scan of my bone prior to surgery. Although it is a little blurry thanks to my camera you can see the crack towards the left side of the bone.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 2:03 PM
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Today is a big day for both myself and Boston sports. The Bruins played an exciting game this afternoon against the Flyers and won on an overtime goal to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Tonight my Boston Celtics will take on King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. I never like to see a player injured, especially now that I am hurt and can't play for a few months, but if there was ever a time to hope a player might not be playing at 100% now would be it. I hope Lebron wins 10 more MVP's and even a few championships in his career, but if he wouldn't mind taking it easy for the next few games it would be greatly appreciated. I've been walking around the clubhouse ever since Spring Training telling everyone that the C's would beat the Cav's this playoffs, and I don't want to have to listen to everyone for the rest of the season if it doesn't happen. Either way it should be an awesome series.
Below is the few minutes that I appeared on ESPN First Take a few days ago. Thanks again to all that watched.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 5:01 PM