When I started my blog about one year ago I really only did it for one reason. I wanted to have a way to let my family members and friends know what was going on with the season and give them an easy way to see how I was doing in games. I was in Portland, Oregon at the time playing for the Portland Beavers, and being on the total opposite side of the country can make it tough to keep in contact with everyone from back home. The three hour time difference doesn't seem like a big deal, but when you are at the field from 1:00 PM to almost midnight every single day, and flying all over the country about ten times a month it makes things a lot more difficult. I figured a blog would make it easy to communicate no matter what time of day or what city I was in with lots of people at once.
After a few months I noticed the blog began spreading around to people from all over the country. I started receiving emails and letters from people and fans asking me questions and telling me they enjoyed that a professional athlete was blogging. Everyday I found that more and more people were reading the site, which was awesome. The one thing I noticed was that I wasn't getting asked so much about what was happening in baseball games, but I was getting a lot of questions like, "What music do you like? What are some of your hobbies? Did you ever eat your boogers as a kid? Are you afraid of turtles?" Random stuff like that. I realized that people were interested in what goes on outside of the field, not just that you went 1-3 with a double the night before.
It was also cool because I realized I could interact with fans other than just when I was at the field. I know I'm only in the minor leagues and I'm not a star player like some of the great players in the MLB but I still think its cool to have a chance to talk to people and fans from all over the country, especially younger kids. Unfortunately this year hasn't turned out the way I hoped and I've been hurt most of the time. It's given me more free time than I've ever had before and I decided to spend a lot of it interacting with you guys.
With this in mind I started to try and branch out and talk about topics other than baseball and I guess it kind of lead me to where I am today, making fun of people and screaming into a camera. Some people think I'm funny, most people think I'm crazy, but it has still been fun and I appreciate everyone reading and commenting over the past year. Maybe one day I will be playing baseball again and I can spend some time talking about my sport, but until then, you know what really grinds my gears? Let me tell you.