Tuesday, August 10, 2010

YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT GRINDS MY GEARS

I've received a bunch of emails lately asking me why I decided to write a blog and also how I started with the idea of my "Grind My Gears" videos, so I thought I'd take a few minutes to explain. First off, I didn't really come out with the video ideas myself. I sort of borrowed it from "Family Guy" one of my favorite shows on television. Sorry Peter.

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.

16 comments:

  1. Good stuff man, I enjoyed it. Get healthy! See you at Petco Park!

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  2. O shit I'm flying Southwest next week for the first time. This is gonna suck.

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  3. O shit I'm flying Southwest next week for the first time. This is gonna suck.
    At least I'm good at interviews.

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  4. There's always something that will grind your gears; AnonTalk has taught me that the hard way.

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  5. I dont know if you have ever been on a train but it is the same thing. You dont have assigned seats on train so I always try to be the first on so I can get a window seat then I'm not gunna lie, I lay down and pretend I'm sleeping so that noone sits in the seat next to me. It's mean but when I am on a 4 hour train ride from Philly to CT I do not want to sit with someone and be cramped the whole time! It works every time!

    Oh and P.S. Brad says Hi!!

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  6. Really, if I were hopping on to a southwest plane, and there were limited seats... just a few middle ones.. do you think I'm going to choose to sit next to the nerdy guy who's hoping I'll sit there? Or the giant lady with the frizzy hair? No, I'm going to sit next to the nice looking professional baseball player. It's only logical.

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  7. Hey Matt, I appreciate your writing and video blogging and how you can be so open and honest about the peaks and valleys of your career thus far. I think it does a lot for shifting fans' perceptions of athletes from spoiled superstar to hardworking everyman - though I don't want to put all that pressure on you, haha. Even though I can't imagine the frustration you've experienced, I feel pretty certain that your hard work and perseverance will pay off big time as soon as you're back healthy.

    Seriously, though, what do you like more, Mexican food or Chinese food?

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  8. I think there's a certain psychology to choosing the middle seat. If you scoop it up on a flight that isn't filled to capacity then people tend to ignore your row as an option because either way they'll be sitting too close to you. They just move on down the aisle. Of course this is a huge gamble to take....you could get stuck in the middle, which is a truly horrible experience.

    What grinds my gears is the guy who takes the middle urinal in a public restroom but not for homophobic reasons.....there's just too much potential for splash and I'm always wearing flip-flops. Take the end, guy!

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  9. Hey matt i know your probably bored while waiting to play baseball again, and im not actually sure if your in AZ still but you should go to the scottsdale gun club, you can shoot whatever you want its a blast! (haha...a blast)

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  10. oh and you should video tape it!

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  11. Matt, this is the BEST one yet.......................LMAO!!!!!! Keep em coming.

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  12. Hahah if I ever see you on an ariplane I'm gonna ask for the middle seat ;) well I hope your hand will hurry up and get better!

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  13. lol well I appreciate that

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  14. haha why thank you!

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  15. HA! I liked this one, probably your best yet. I know the feeling on the plane thing. I always have my iPod so I don't have to talk. Hmm, if I make a grinds my gears video would you just want me to email it to you?

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