Sunday, May 29, 2011

PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES

Man, I can't believe how different life is once the season starts. I guess that's what happens when you haven't been in "baseball mode" for more than two years. Time works differently during the baseball season. I tell people all the time that I usually don't know what day it is, and sometimes what month it is. Although most people think I'm kidding around with them, I can assure you, right now is most definitely one of those times. There are no weekends during the season, so a Tuesday feels a hell of a lot like a Saturday, and since it's still raining everyday in Syracuse, it could possibly be February. It really is a strange feeling when everyday feels the exact same way.

I've been so busy lately that I just realized I haven't been on here in more than a week. I think that's some kind of record for me. I was on the road in Rochester, New York for four days and now have spent four days back home in Syracuse. During my time away from the field I've been working hard to lock down an apartment to live in. I've been in a hotel everyday since the middle of February, so getting out of one and into something that kind of resembles a house is a high priority for me. I'm hoping next week will be my last time in a hotel for a while. I can only hear "Housekeeping!" about two more times before I totally lose it.

Out of everything that goes on during the Minor League baseball season, there is really only one thing that truly upsets me, and it's happening tomorrow. It's plane flights. Triple-A is known to have one of the worst travel schedules of any league or sport in the country. Luckily the International League is a whole let better than the Pacific Coast League when it comes to travel, but every now and then we will have a trip from hell. Tomorrow morning we have a 3:30 AM wake up call to head to the airport where we will fly a connecting flight to Louisville, Kentucky. I'm still trying to decide if I should even go to sleep tonight after our game. I will probably get out of the field tonight around 10:30 PM, and by the time I'm done eating dinner it will be past midnight. It would probably feel better just to stay up through the night, but we have a 4:00 PM game tomorrow in Kentucky, so if I go that route I may be falling asleep at 2nd base during the game. Plus it's pretty tough to hit a little round white thing being thrown at you when your eyes are half closed. Anyways, although I will feel horrible for most of the day tomorrow, nothing will feel quite as good as when the game is over and I put my head down on my pillow later that night.

Well, like usual, I got to head out to the field for our game today. I hope everyone has a great week and I will talk to everyone when I arrive in Louisville!

9 comments:

  1. Matt- i'm following you on MILB...you're looking great despite the long layoff

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  2. Hey thanks, and no problem

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  3. Thanks man

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  4. That's a brutal schedule.  I can only imagine how fun the flight from Portland to Iowa or  New Orleans must have been when you were in the PCL.  Even though, it's gotta be better than the bus rides though isn't it?

    I hope the hand/leg is feeling good.  Just looking at your stats...nice k/bb ratio so far!

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  5. I feel obligated to comment since I know you look foward to my comments so...here I am. I enjoyed this round of babble. You're good at it. Everyday I am going to tweet you and ask you what day it is by the way. Going to keep you on your toes! I'm just kidding. I don't need to give you another reason to block me. Geez. But no really, I kinda love your blog a little bit.

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  6. Hahaha thanks!

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  7. Thanks man...I actually like the bus rides more than the flights...I hate waking up at 330 for flights

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  8. I was wondering if you'd notice the better travel schedule in the IL versus PCL. LOL not that it would be too difficult to notice.  But you know, ballplayers can be oblivious to things.

    Wow, just think how screwed you all would have been with extra innings? If I was a pitcher with a good ERA, I'd throw the game in the 10th to just get out of there.

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  9. Haha yeah that would have been horrible

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