Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Hello everybody how are we? I've now been home for two days and I've been able to do a few things that I hadn't been able to the previous six months or so. I enjoyed my first night home by spending it in Boston's North End eating some good Italian food. I actually wasn't a big fan of Italian when I was younger, which couldn't have made my grandparents very happy, but as I've gotten a little older I've started craving it more and more. I didn't go with anything too crazy, just a simple fried calamari for an appetizer and a chicken parmigiana and ziti with marinara. Man, it was good! You know, going into Boston for the first time in more than sixth months got me thinking. I think because I'm from here I take the city and everything it has to offer for granted, but it really is a beautiful place, especially this time of year. I guess I'm used to only hanging around here in January when its 20 below and I'm freezing my you know whats off. Last night was warm with a nice breeze and it was awesome to walk around and enjoy the city. Good times.

Yesterday morning I got a work out in for a few hours. As you guys know I am not allowed to lift any weights with my hands, so I did a lower body workout and a lot, and I mean ALOT of running. Don't worry I wore my brace on my hand so we are all good. It felt great to get back at it and start working hard again but my body is definitely feeling it now. It feels kind of like my hamstrings have detached from the bone and my feet spent the day walking on hot coals. I guess that means I finally did something productive, which is a good sign.

Last night I went on a hunt for the new XBOX 360. During last off-season my XBOX received the red ring of death, so I haven't played very many video games in the last six months. I am usually addicted to the thing, but somehow I managed to survive without it. The problem is that Madden 2011 just came out and I am still addicted to football and especially that game. I went to two Best Buys, a Walmart, a Target, and a Game Stop in search of the new system and they were sold out everywhere. I had no idea it was going to be this tough to find a new one. Hopefully today will be my lucky day.

Switching gears a little bit, has anyone watched the first episode of Hard Knocks on HBO featuring the New York Jets? The show, and especially their head coach Rex Ryan, have been getting a lot of attention ever since that episode aired, and it hasn't been a lot of positive attention. I know a lot of people have been shocked at the amount of F-bombs dropped over the first sixty minutes of the show and I was wondering what you guys think about it? For me personally, I don't like the Jets for the simple fact that they are in the Patriots division. I'm hoping they go 0-16 this season, but I can't lie. After watching that episode of Hard Knocks, Rex Ryan might be one of my favorite coaches in the league. I know a lot of people don't like the language he uses and think he's one cocky son of a bitch, but I really like his attitude and I think I'd love to play for the Jets. I know Mother Teresa probably wouldn't have wanted to play linebacker for Rex, but I think as long as the player's don't carry that stuff into more public places like interviews, or in their everyday lives interacting with fans than its all good, and HBO isn't exactly PBS. Let me know what you think!

Other than that I've just been enjoying time around the house with the family and girlfriend. It is definitely nice to be home but I am looking forward to getting healthy again and getting back to Arizona for another two months of baseball! Enjoy your day everyone.


  1. You either love or hate Rex Ryan. Being a Chargers fan, I know I am supposed to hate him after what his team did to us last year in the playoffs, but man, after watching that episode, I love the guy.

    He is honest and tells it like it is, and in this day in age in sports, that is needed. He is the opposite of the Chargers coach, who doesn't say or do a damn thing.

  2. re: a lower body workout and a lot, and I mean ALOT of running ... fantastic! Way to go! Way to *pound* it!

    So ... what's your goal for the workouts? Get stronger? Get faster? Get more flexible? All of the above?

    Have the Padres given you any guidance?

    Any and all investments you make of time and effort now into getting stronger/faster/more flexible will return dividends next Spring Training ...

    Remember ... the Padres need *YOU*!!!