Thursday, September 30, 2010

NOBODY LIKES A LIAR

Hey guys! I wasn't planning on writing a post until I get this cast off on Monday, but I figured I could take my time and write while I watch the Padres game tonight. Plus, there is an important message to this story, probably something your parents told you over and over again when you were young. No, its not "stop picking your nose and eating it" although my parents probably told me that a lot. It's that, "nobody likes a liar" and I would definitely have to agree with them. So, with that being said I wanted to share a quick little story about not telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Ever since I went under the knife back in April to repair a broken bone in my hand I've spent a majority of my summer wearing either a cast or a brace or something that is big and ugly and covers half of my left arm. One thing is for sure, the people at the brace factory definitely didn't have any regards for your "coolness" when they built these things. They also don't believe in subtlety. I might as well have broke my wrist, elbow, and shoulder with the brace I wore. Anyways, back to the story.

One thing that I learned pretty quickly after surgery was that people were going to ask me mostly everywhere I went what happened to me. Waiters at restaurants, baggers at grocery stores, my friends at Bed Bath and Beyond. People see a huge brace on your arm and figure something crazy happened to you. The first few times I told people that I broke my hand, the next logical question was, how? I guess I underestimate the average person's curiosity. "Playing baseball" I would say. "You get hit by a pitch?" It's about this time when I would figure I should have made something up. "No, I actually just took a swing and it broke one me."

At this point I wish I had been hit by a pitch, or ran into by a base runner, or even hit by a truck for that matter. When you tell someone you broke your hand by swinging a bat they look at you kind of like the way I look at people when they tell me Snooki from The Jersey Shore is attractive. This is where the questions begin. "You can really break your hand just swinging?" No, I made it up just to confuse you so we can sit here and discuss it for the next fifteen minutes while my Lettuce Wrap and Chang's Spicy Chicken gets cold! "Who do you play for?" "What position do you play?" "You play professional baseball?" What type of underwear do you wear?"

I've learned that maybe most parents weren't 100% right with their teachings way back when. Maybe it is OK to not lie, but not tell the whole truth sometimes. It was working wonders for me for a good amount of the summer. I scrapped the whole, "playing baseball" and went with something that would put a quick end to the crazy looks and follow up questions. For now on when I get the question asking what happened to me my answers are, "pickup football game, street hockey, tripped, fell down the stairs, got attacked by a bear, sky diving, drive by shooting." I honestly went three good months without any more questions, any more puzzling looks, any more of anything. I ate hot food and I was happy. Then I went to CVS last week.

I walked to the register with my cast on and put down a few things I had bought. Two kids who looked about fifteen years old were behind the register and they both looked at me. "Hey man, what happened to your wrist?" I didn't even think about it, but it was the first thing that came to my mind. "I broke it in a skateboarding tournament." Weird, because I don't know a thing about skateboarding and I can't even balance on one when its not moving. "You're a pro skateboarder, that's awesome!" Although I obviously wasn't a pro skater I figured it would be a lot easier to just say yes, grab my bags, and head out the door than to try and figure out what to say explaining that I wasn't. "Ya man." The kid looked back at me all excited, "That's sick dude, we're both trying to becoming professional skateboarders too! I've been skating since I was three! What type of board do you ride?"

Shit. "Ummmmmmmmmmmm." I had no idea what to say. I didn't know any skateboards. I didn't know anything about skateboarding. I passed with flying colors when I told people I had been attacked by a bear, but this skateboarding idea had just blown up in my face. "I ride all different ones." Sweet, good answer. They both looked at me puzzled. "Well, what's your favorite type of board?"...Shit again. "I like them all. Depends on how I'm feeling I guess." I felt like a pretty big idiot. What does that even mean? I don't know if they thought I was lying or not, but they kept firing.

"Oh, OK. What's your name so we can follow you?"...I wish I could have seen my facial expression at this point. Names started running through my head in no particular order. Peter, John, James, Brian, Billy, Bobby..."Bobby Thompson" He looked back at me with a weird expression. 'Please, don't tell me that's an actual professional skateboarder', I thought to myself. "Cool dude, I'll be sure to follow your career! Good luck!" And with that I walked out of the store. I have no idea how this all happened, but now I felt bad because I've got two new fans that are going to run home and try and track down a fictional skateboarder named Bobby Thompson. Maybe even tell their friends about it. I guess I should have listened. Boogers are bad for you, and nobody likes a liar.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

VIDEO MAIL BAG

Hey guys how are we doing today? I wanted to put up a video mail bag today since it is still hard for me to type with this cast on. I can't wait until Monday when I get this damn thing taken off. I hope everyone enjoys their week, and I am sorry but the first 30 seconds or so of the video was cut off by Youtube. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

NFL PICK 'EM WEEK 3

Hey guys! How are we doing today? I got to keep the typing short again cause my hand is a little sore, but I wanted to put my picks down for this weeks games. Last week I was 33% correct. Still pretty damn bad, but it was an improvement from week one. (Who would have thought the Chiefs and Bucs would be 2-0 and the Vikings and Cowboys would be 0-2) Just to clarify, I am doing this for fun and do not suggest you take my picks and put your weekly paycheck on it. Also, if you are going to say my picks stink you have to put your picks down before game time. Everyone is an awesome Monday morning quarterback! Now that I have that out of my system, good luck to everyone and enjoy your Sunday!

Picks are in red.

Date & TimeFavoriteSpreadUnderdog
9/26 1:00 ETAt NY Giants-3Tennessee
9/26 1:00 ETAt New England-14.5Buffalo
9/26 1:00 ETAt Baltimore-11Cleveland
9/26 1:00 ETPittsburgh-2.5At Tampa Bay
9/26 1:00 ETCincinnati-3At Carolina
9/26 1:00 ETAt New Orleans-3Atlanta
9/26 1:00 ETSan Francisco-3At Kansas City
9/26 1:00 ETAt Minnesota-11.5Detroit
9/26 1:00 ETAt Houston-2.5Dallas
9/26 4:05 ETWashington-4At St. Louis
9/26 4:05 ETPhiladelphia-3At Jacksonville
9/26 4:15 ETIndianapolis-5.5At Denver
9/26 4:15 ETSan Diego-4.5At Seattle
9/26 4:15 ETAt Arizona-4.5Oakland
9/26 8:20 ETAt Miami-2.5NY Jets

Monday Night Football Point Spread
9/27 8:35 ETGreen Bay-3At Chicago

Friday, September 24, 2010

RECOVERY FROM SURGERY

I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who wished me good luck before my surgery and sent me "get well soon" messages after it. I really appreciate the support. After being back home from surgery for two days I decided to make a video letting everyone know what's going on.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ADVENTURES IN THE O.R. PART II

Hello everybody! Since I only have one hand, once again, I made a video of my surgery today. Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NOW SHE'S EATING MY CLAMS CASINO!

Hi guys, how are we doing? The last time we talked I was waiting for word from our doctors on whether or not I'll be receiving surgery this week. Well, I just got word that all the doctors are in agreement that surgery is the best option for me, so I'll be going under the knife this Wednesday.

I had a feeling this day was coming for a while now. Back in April I had surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in my left hand. At the time of that surgery we knew that it would be beneficial to get the broken bone taken out, but we weren't 100% convinced that the surgery would totally heal my hand. At the least it would be the first step in a possible two or three step process to get me back on the field playing. This Wednesday should be that last step to get me back out there without any pain.

After receiving an MRI last week we found that there is a ganglion cyst in the side of my hand/wrist that we believe is causing a lot of the pain on the side of my hand. Besides removing the cyst on Wednesday, the doctor will also be able to clean up any other damage that has been done over the past year or so and also make sure I won't have any other problems in the future. I am really excited to get in there and get it back to normal. It has been a long, long six months since I've been able to play and its about time to put all of this injury stuff behind me.

It's really weird because I've been asked by a lot of people over the past year or so why I seem to keep getting injured so much and why can't I get back on the field. The truth is I went almost my entire life without ever being injured or missing any games, and for some reason the last year I've come down with two injuries that have taken a full year of time away from me. Going back a few years, I never missed a high school game in baseball, hockey, or football. I played in 160+ straight games in college. I played my first three seasons of professional baseball without ever being placed on the DL. Then all of a sudden last season I had a knee issue, my hand issue, and I caught the swine flu. Then this year my hand continued to hurt and only got worse to the point where I couldn't play anymore. I know you cannot predict injuries but I feel that once I get this thing fixed I'll be good to go and can put the past two years in the rear view mirror.

Anyways, starting Wednesday I will be in a cast for about two weeks, so I probably won't be doing too much typing on here. I will make a few videos to let everyone know how things are going and how it went with my surgery. I am also planing on doing a trivia give away again in the next few days or so and will let everyone know in a few days what we are going to do. I hope everyone has a great week and enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

NFL PICK 'EM WEEK 2

Hey guys! So it is week 2 in the NFL and I'm going to pick my winners again this week. Last week I didn't do so well, but I'll give myself a pass since it was week 1 and a totally new year. I'm hoping I improve this week, but if I don't I may just give it up. I was right 27% of the games last week. Ouch!!! I'm shooting to beat 50% this week. We will see what happens. Send in your picks in the comment section below and see how much you can kick my ass. Good luck! My picks are in red.

Date & TimeFavoriteSpreadUnderdog
9/19 1:00 ETAt Cleveland-3Kansas City
9/19 1:00 ETAt Green Bay-13Buffalo
9/19 1:00 ETBaltimore-2.5At Cincinnati
9/19 1:00 ETAt Tennessee-5Pittsburgh
9/19 1:00 ETPhiladelphia-6.5At Detroit
9/19 1:00 ETAt Dallas-7Chicago
9/19 1:00 ETAt Carolina-3.5Tampa Bay
9/19 1:00 ETAt Atlanta-6.5Arizona
9/19 1:00 ETAt Minnesota-5.5Miami
9/19 4:05 ETAt Oakland-3.5St. Louis
9/19 4:05 ETAt Denver-3.5Seattle
9/19 4:15 ETHouston-3At Washington
9/19 4:15 ETAt San Diego-7Jacksonville
9/19 4:15 ETNew England-3At NY Jets
9/19 8:20 ETAt Indianapolis-5NY Giants

Monday Night Football Point Spread
9/20 8:35 ETNew Orleans-5.5At San Francisco

Friday, September 17, 2010

DON'T PUT IT OUT WITH YOUR BOOTS, TED

Hey guys, what's going on around the world today? Times have been a little crazy at my house over the past week or so. I started to get back into shape this past week by running a lot and doing a lot of lower body workouts. I would love to get back to my normal workout routine and start lifting total body, but I still am not sure when I will be able to use my upper body yet, so I have been holding that off until I get a definite answer. This hand is really driving me nuts. I've rested it forever and I still can't tell if it has gotten much better. Over the next day or so I have to make a decision on the path I'm going to take as far as my hand goes, and I'm not really sure which way to go. Let's see what you think.

Right now I am stuck between getting surgery next week to remove a cyst that is in my hand, or not getting surgery. Actually, I take that back. We are not 100% sure that there is definitely a cyst located in the hand. MRIs are not always the easiest thing to read and they are not always 100% correct. One time they will show one thing, and the next time whatever it is that you thought you saw has seemed to disappear. Plus, different doctors will read the same MRI scan completely different. The opinions on the cyst have been mixed by doctors, so I really don't know what to do.

The real question is, do I take a chance and get surgery and hope that it is a cyst that we think we see and are able to remove it and hope the pain goes away? Or, do I start to rehab, lifting weights, and hitting, and hope that there isn't a cyst in my hand and the pain goes away and never returns. I want to get this thing fixed, but obviously I want to be sure about what we are going after in this surgery, because I don't want to get cut open for a second time for something that isn't really there.

Over the next few days we are going to have to decide what exactly we are going to do to try and attack this problem. I believe the doctors will talk tomorrow and see what they think is the best course of action to take. Hopefully whichever way we go is the right way and I can get back out on the field. If not, I'm taking my "running on water" skills and moving to Sweden.

Other than that, I haven't been doing too much lately. I would love to be able to go outside and take some ground balls and swings, but that probably won't happen for a few more weeks. Instead, I'm stuck in my house playing video games, watching movies, and sports. That's the one weird thing about the baseball off season. While I am at home with no job during the days everyone else is off to work, so there isn't anyone to hang out with. Maybe I'll return to my high school and college routes and wash some dishes down at the local dinner, or maybe even bag some groceries at my all-time favorite one-stop shop for everything, Wal-Mart. Actually, I think I'll go play some Madden. Everyone enjoy their weekend!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

YOU KNOW WHAT GRINDS MY GEARS

Hey guys! I haven't done a video for a while of what really grinds my gears, so here you go. I hope you enjoy it and everyone have a great week!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

NFL OPENING DAY

With the NFL season starting tomorrow I wanted to pick some winners before the day begins. Below are my picks of who I think will win each game. The winner's are in red and I am using the spreads. If you want to pick your winners leave them in the comments section below and we will see how we do. I know it looks odd that I didn't pick the Pats, but that's only because I think they are going to win by a field goal. Don't worry, I haven't lost the faith. Anyways good luck to everyone and I hope you all enjoy your Sunday, the best day of the week! Thanks and go Pats!

NFL PICK 'EM (PICKS IN RED)

Date & TimeFavoriteSpreadUnderdog
9/12 1:00 ETAt NY Giants-6.5Carolina
9/12 1:00 ETMiami-3At Buffalo
9/12 1:00 ETAtlanta-1.5At Pittsburgh
9/12 1:00 ETAt Chicago-6.5Detroit
9/12 1:00 ETAt N.England-5.5Cincinnati
9/12 1:00 ETAt Tampa Bay-3Cleveland
9/12 1:00 ETAt J-ville-3Denver
9/12 1:00 ETIndianapolis-1.5At Houston
9/12 1:00 ETAt Tennessee-6.5Oakland
9/12 4:15 ETGreen Bay-3At Phily
9/12 4:15 ETSan Francisco-3At Seattle
9/12 4:15 ETArizona-3.5At St. Louis
9/12 8:20 ETDallas-3.5At Wash

9/13 7:00 ETAt NY Jets-2Baltimore
9/13 10:15 ETSan Diego-4.5
At K.C.


Friday, September 10, 2010

IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?

Hey guys how are we doing today? I just got back from the doctors and I'm starting to get things figured out a little bit, I think. I've spent the last week scheduling appointments all over the city of Boston and traveling from hospital to hospital getting MRIs and speaking with different people to try and find out why after four months of rest my hand is still not feeling right. After my meeting with a hand specialist in the city we have figured out what is probably the cause of everything and how we can get rid of it. I am hoping this is the answer to my problems and I will be able to get back on the field in hopefully another month or so. Here is a video of what went down over the past few days. Everyone have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?

About a month ago I was in San Diego for a checkup with my doctor to see how my hand was doing. I had a little free time one day so my girlfriend and I spent the day at the San Diego Zoo. I posted a video of our experience on my blog back in July so if you missed it you can check it out there. Anyways, if you've ever been there before you know that the zoo is huge and if you walk it would take more than a few hours to cover the whole thing. They have one of those things that holds about three to four people, goes about 100 feet in the air, and gives you a great view of the zoo. Most people would gladly take the load off their feet and jump on board, but I'm afraid of heights, so it turned out being a full three minutes of trying not to piss my pants. You always hear, "Just don't look down!" Well that's a bunch of bullshit. I closed my eyes and still couldn't wait to get off the damn thing. The sad thing is, they really don't go that high. I don't know what it is about heights that scares the shit out of me.

When I was younger I wouldn't go in glass elevators, so if my family was staying in a hotel with one, we were taking the stairs. When I go to a mall I don't even like looking over the railing from the 2nd floor. Even if I happened to somehow fall off I'd probably be able to walk away unbroken. You like Ferris wheels? Forget about it! How bout roller coasters? I'll be over at the whack-a-mole or shooting hoops trying to win a giant stuffed Stewie Griffin. You want to go skiing on something other than the bunny slopes? I'll be drinking hot chocolate. Want to take a hot air balloon to view the city? Taxi! Man, being scared of heights sucks. This got me thinking of all the things I'm afraid of and boy are there a lot. Here is a list of just a few.

Heights, spiders, snakes, pretty much any reptile, the dark! Maybe I'm nuts, or maybe a lot of people have similar fears. List your fears below so I don't feel like such a pansy. Thanks!

Before I leave you, I was in the mood to sing so here is my rendition of Burning Up by my favorite group The Jonas Brothers. Enjoy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

HAPPY LABOR DAY

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend and enjoyed the good weather, especially if you live in my neck of the woods. We were expected to get crushed by hurricane Earl this weekend but it turned out to only be a rain storm from about 1 AM to 7 AM on Friday night. Other than that we've had beautiful 80 degree weather for the last three days. Hopefully we can keep that streak going into this week.

I made a video talking about a couple of random things and also answering a few emails I've received lately. I also got my camera lady back, which is a plus! I hope you all enjoy!

Friday, September 3, 2010

QUESTION OF THE WEEK!

Hey guys how are you today? Thanks to everyone that checked out my "How to run on water" video and leaving comments. I know many you probably have realized by now that I skipped my medication that morning, but I did survive so that's a good thing. I at least got to work on my tan a little bit, but judging from the video it didn't improve at all.

So I've been told a lot lately to, "go outside", "do something with your life", "get some friends!" I've actually been doing a lot of stuff lately, but my life will get a little more busy again starting this Tuesday when I head back to the doctor. My hand still feels like it isn't as healthy as it should be so I'll be visiting a hand specialist in Boston to get his opinion on what is going on. I am now four months out of surgery and I still experience some pain while doing things. I am really hoping that they find out what it is because I would really like to get back on the field and doing some stuff. I will let everyone know how things go on Tuesday.

We are also getting a visit from hurricane Earl later today, and if you watched TV you would think it will be the end of the world as we know it. I'm guessing we get some rain and maybe 30 MPH winds. I'm sure everyone is rushing out to their local Stop and Shop buying enough bottled waters to kill a small horse and more than enough canned goods to last through a nuclear war. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Here is the question of the week I received last week in my email. Let me know your answers in the comment section below! Thanks and have a nice holiday weekend!

If you are trapped on an island and can only eat one food for the rest of your time there what would it be?

I am having a really tough time coming up with an answer for this one. I'm stuck between Cake Batter with cookie dough from ColdStone, cheese fries from Outback Steakhouse, calamari with Thai chili sauce from Ruth's Chris, or Tootsi Maki rolls from Ra Sushi. Dammit, speaking of things that could kill a small horse, give me the cheese fries! Let me know what you would eat in the comment section below!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

HOW TO RUN ON WATER

My email has been flooded with questions on how it is possible. My front door is bolted shut to keep reporters out. My address changed. My phone number unlisted. Until now. I let you all in on my secret to success. Enjoy.