Tuesday, March 22, 2011

STAY OFF THE TRACKS

Hey guys, how are we all doing today? The baseball has continued here in Viera, Florida over the past few days as I've been back and forth between the Minor League and Major League games. It is crazy to think that the Major League season starts in only a little more than a week, and the Minor League year starts about a week after that. I've now been in Florida for a month, and time has really flown by.

Over the past two days I've had some interesting things happen to me. Yesterday we made a two hour bus trip down to Jupiter, Florida to play the St. Louis Cardinals. After a bunch of interesting episodes of balls being thrown at batters of both teams, the benches cleared as player's from each team ran onto the field after one of our batters was hit for the second time in the game. There were no punches thrown, but there was a lot of pushing and shoving and also a lot of jawing at each other. I wasn't in the game at the time so I made sure to quickly make my way from the bench towards the middle of the action for a front row seat. I'm glad no one got hurt or did anything stupid to warrant a suspension, but it definitely added some excitement to the afternoon. I've been in a decent amount of bench clearing episodes so far in my career, but never have I seen one during a Spring Training game. The video below is what most pitchers do when they see me charging the mound. Like I always say, "stay off the tracks when the trains coming through."



At today's game we were making our way to the home dugout when we saw a player from across the field sprinting for his life towards us. It turns out he was being chased by a swarm of bees. I swear I have never seen so many bees in one place in my life. The swarm had to consist of over a thousand bees, and they all were moving in a pack towards our team. We all ran from the dugout and towards cover like a bunch of school girls, but the bees decided to hang out for about fifteen minutes on the field. The game was delayed a good while until finally they decided they had enough and moved on. It was the first time in my life I've had a game delayed because of bees. This is the type of stuff that starts to happen when you've been at Spring Training long enough.

On a side note, a few games ago I got drilled by a fastball right in the ribs. It was one of those "deer caught in headlights" moments, when even though the ball was coming right at me I didn't really know where to go. To get an idea of what it felt like, check out this video below of a reaction quite similar to mine.


In all seriousness, I hope she is OK. Everybody have a great day, and if you happen to know this lady tell her I apologize.

13 comments:

  1. Back in 2009 your former parent club had a game delayed because of a swam of bees at PETCO Park.

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  2. Yeah I remember that...I was in the minors at that time

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  3. speaking of your former parent club, did i miss out on the signed shirt you were giving away once you made the choice to go to the Nationals. I wish you had stayed in San Diego. So do you have a chance to play over that no contact no power Desmond fellow? I hope you arent stuck in the minors again. Best of luck for a healthy year.

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  4. If I were Carpenter, I would pick someone besides Nix to throw at...that dude looks like he could put a hell of a beat down on someone.

    So me and my wife are taking in some spring training games for the first time in Peoria and I am amazed at how freaking crazy people are for autographs. Like stalker crazy. Anyway, I'd like to say thanks to you on behalf of the normal fans out there and appreciate the time you take to sign stuff for us

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  5. Wow! That was a very hard fall. Thanks Matt, good luck big man!

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  6. Very hard fall, it sounded like she couldn't breath anymore. Is that what it felt like when you got hit with the ball trying to get your breath back? I like your slideshow on the left of your baseball cards with the 2006 Bowman Chrome cards being my favorite. I have quite a nice collection myself and have one of the 2006 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractors numbered to 25 and several others.

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  7. Yeah I did give a signed shirt away but ill make sure to do that again at some point soon...and I should be starting the year in AAA

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  8. Yeah he is huge lol...and there are a lot of crazy autograph seekers out there for sure haha

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  9. Thanks man

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  10. That's cool...it didn't hurt that bad but it stung for a few minutes lol

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  11. Wish there had been some more bench clearing fun at the game I went to. I love that excitement as long as no one gets hurt!

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  12. Haha for sure

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  13. Comette4u/ChristineMarch 23, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Yep! That's weird alright. Like some planetary convergence with Jupiter I suppose. Stay healthy and work on those reflexes!

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