Over the past few days I believe I may have set some kind of Spring Training record for most innings played/viewed. On Thursday I watched and played in both split squad Major League games. The first one was played at home at 2 PM against the New York Mets. When the game ended a few of us jumped on a bus and drove an hour for our night game against the Houston Astros. Once that game ended we headed back to Viera, arriving home around midnight. The next morning we played an eighteen inning game against Team Italy. A few of my fellow countrymen noticed my last name on the back of my jersey and tried to speak some Italian with me. I think they failed to notice the "Irishness" of my skin and the fact that there was not a very good chance I was from the homeland. Anyways, today we played an intra-squad scrimmage that went twelve innings. I'm no mathematician, but I think that's something like 48 innings in three days. I know it's probably a record for me, and I'll put it up against almost all other Spring Training three day stretches. Tomorrow is back to reality as we are heading to Jupiter, Florida to take on the Florida Marlins at 1 PM, where nine innings is going to feel like a half day of school.
As far as my play goes, over the past few games I've moved around and played a couple different positions while continuing to get use to playing again. I've played my normal position of second base a few innings, played a few as the DH, and played about six innings today back at my old college position of third base. It felt really weird being back at the hot corner, but one thing I really would like to do is get more comfortable at all the infield positions. As far as my hitting goes it's been a work in progress over the past few weeks. I'm still not feeling totally comfortable at the plate like I did last Spring Training, but I didn't expect to walk right back onto a field for the first time in a year and feel like I never left. I know over the next few weeks I will keep working on things and eventually find that comfort zone that I'm looking for.
Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I'm going to head out for some dinner before I hit the hay for another early morning tomorrow. These days really start to fly by when you're up early for ball and back in bed early for the next morning. Talk to you all later!