So far this spring we've had two games. Our first game was Sunday against the Houston Astros and our second game was Monday, a scrimmage against ourselves. I've had five at-bats so far, going 0-1 in our first game as a pinch hitter, and 1-3 with a walk, stolen base, and RBI in the second game. Although I've only had a few plate appearances I can definitely feel how much more comfortable I'm getting at the plate with every at-bat. It still feels weird when I think about the fact that these at-bats are the first ones I've had in almost a full year. It is kind of amazing when I think about it. I still can't believe I missed an entire season! I guess as much as it stinks, it is part of the game, and as Forest Gump said, "Shit happens...sometimes."
One thing I have noticed is how much I forgot what kind of toll playing every single day puts on your body. We have only been practicing and playing for about fourteen or so days in a row and your body starts to get some dings and bruises right around this time. Now that games have started we spend around six to seven hours on the field each day. It doesn't seem like it would be too bad, but when most of that time is spent on your feet running around, swinging, or chasing ground balls it starts to take its toll after a while. The cold tub and I are now on a first name basis.
Well, I'll keep everyone up to date with what's going on down here over the next few days. It's only 8 PM and my nice cozy hotel bed is calling my name. I hope you all have a great week!