Monday, June 20, 2011

TO THE SOUTH

Hey what's going on everyone? I've received a lot of emails from people asking me where I've been, what's going on, and why I haven't been writing very much on here lately? As we get closer and closer to the midway point of the season, this is really where the days start to blend together. My days have began to feel like I wake up, go to the field, go to bed, wake up, go to the field, go the bed and so on. Plus, one of the main reasons I've cut down a little bit on the writing is because nothing really exciting has happened to me over the last few weeks. I don't want to bore everyone with the, "today I hit a single to left field and stole a base. It was a fun game. I can't wait to do it again tomorrow" talk. One thing I am learning is how hard it is to find fun material to talk about during the season. Like I said earlier, most of my days are spent at the field, so it can be tough to find new material to write about. I haven't had a whole lot of extra time to make Nerf basketball videos, run on water, or talk about "what really grinds my geahs". When I do find some funny stuff to write about I'll be sure to jot it down for everyone.

Anyways, a few days ago we jumped on a plane for Charlotte, North Carolina. I went to school about an hour away from Charlotte, so it was nice to be back in the area again. I always liked North Carolina and how laid back the people are down there. People are just so nice. They always address you as "mam" or "sir", they thank you for the simplest of things, and they don't seem to always try to find something to curse at you about. I'll tell you one thing, it's a lot different from the Northeast. Most people down there actually have manners, won't try to run innocent pedestrians over while crossing the street, and don't flip you the bird just for shits and giggles. I don't know if I could permanently live there, but it is most definitely a nice change of pace once in a while.

After a four game series we traveled yesterday to Gwinnett, Georgia to play another four game series against the Atlanta Braves Triple-A affiliate. My days here so far are spent walking through the 95 degree heat with 3000% humidity to find the closest restaurant to eat at. One of the worst parts about being on the road is not having a car to get around the city. Basically everywhere I go is on foot, and since I'm such a picky eater I probably walk further than most to find that days lunch. If you have any good ideas about how I can get from my hotel to lunch and it doesn't involve walking or calling a cab let me know!

Well, like I said, on my wake up, go to the field, and go to sleep schedule its about that time to go to sleep. Hopefully someone streaks naked across the field in the middle of the game tomorrow night so I'll have something new to talk about. Talk to you later!

18 comments:

  1. On your first day in town trade one of the locals a couple of autographed baseballs to bring you to good food or bring the good food to you.

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  2. Lol very true...but a lot of the stuff I can't talk about cause other guys wouldn't want it written about lol

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  3. My autograph would probably be worth two tootsie rolls if I'm lucky lol

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  4. If I were you and it was a slow day, I'd just make something up like "Right before I was on deck, one of my team mates and I grabbed for the same bat, a magical bat, and we switched places. The bad part is he is a pitcher AND I'M NOT!!! I hit a single to left field and stole a base."

    See the single doesn't sound so boring and routine now does it? Spicey!

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  5. Whoa there Matt. Reading this was too wild for me. I was like "Is this guy serious?! His day to day life is WAY too wild & crazy to be true! Reality TV..sign him up!!" If you ever want to take a break from that wild "I wake up, go to the field, go to bed" routine you can feel free to come work with me. Love the part about how nice it was to be around peope with manners. I guess they raise us different in the Northeast? Personally, I think the Northeast is just fiiiiilled with charm. Lots of it. Anyways, as usual, I enjoyed Story Time With Matt Antonelli.

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  6. Hahaha no problem

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  7. Lol next time I will try that

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  8. haha, I thought I was only on who says " shits and giggles" 
    Sounds more exciting over in the south for baseball...since Ackley left the Rainiers its kinda boring in Tacoma since everyone is being called up. :-/ oh well, happy for them.....
    good luck and get a grand slam that be something to talk about. :-)

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  9. Haha thanks ill try

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  10. i will take an auto for two tootsie rolls

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  11. hey matt just wondering, i sent you a letter maybe a month ago. You said you would maybe respond but i was wondering if you ever got it because i dont know if i wrote your name on the envelope. If you did get it but dont feel like writing or dont have the time, i understand, your season sounds long and stressful and i dont know how you do it!

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  12. Hey I haven't received ur letter yet...ill keep an eye out though

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  13. ok i than i will have to send another one. thank you

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  14. No problem

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  15. Hi Matt..  I'm assuming ur surgery is finally completely healed, as I know more than most how much longer it takes than ppl wld think! I was jst reading ur surgical reports and had to laugh-(not at, but with you) we have something in common bsides the Celtics! Bsides 3 carpal tunnels, 2 trigger finger, 2 left thumb joint rplcement,1 rght thumb joint replacement, and 3bones removed fr my left wrist, in2008 I was the 1st patient in CT to receive a total wrist replacement in my R hand-ex 4 those implanted in cadavers!! All of my surgeries were performed at Charlotte Hungerford Hosp in Torrington, CT by Dr. Douglas Wisch-an incredible surgeon. Ex for my replacement surg, my others have to be redone every 5 yrs or so due to deteriorating bone mass from Rheumatiod and Osteoarthritis ...I wasn't an athlete, but an IV tech (repetitive motions)so we are alike in that way, too-besides growing up in the NE...BTW, what the f*** is wrong with our manners?? I also lived in ATL for 6 yrs-after awhile their impeccable manners seem kinda creepy. I'd much rather have my car keyed for takin someone's parking space-no ambiguity there!
    Anyway, just wanted to say hi.Nice to see you're having a pretty good year at the plate-now if we could ONLY get you to move to the other side....PSYCH!
    I've been so wrapped up in my new and improved Red Sox, this is the first day I've checked in w/yours and Mike Schlact's progress-he's next! It's nice many of you guys  are so available to the fans, it's an admirable quality, but I was reading some letters in my Sox forum and some other fan letters 2day that could have been signed "Stan"...that's all I'm gonna say! It's nice to be super-available to the kids, and to your fans up to a point, but no one should think that any of you owe us more than you're already giving regarding your blogs, autographs, playing hard, not laying down, and doing your job the best you can. Besides that, you only owe God, your family, your bosses, and yourself. Good luck the rest of the season!
    Are the C's gonna rebuild, or what? Are the Fab Five too old ex Rondo? How happy was I that the Heat got beat? Clue:I didnt even care then that the Celtics weren't in! Last , but not least,how about the Bruins, eh??
    If you get rained out tm nite, don't miss the last great knuckler and one of the total classiest guys in baseball(also my 2nd fave all-time pitcher after Catfish Hunter!) pitching against the Bucs...WAKE!! What a "swan song" he is having, and completely well-deserved!
    See why I can't tweet?? And I edited this!! Catch me on the Red Sox forum on MLB.com for more of my unique sports insights, haha, or in the Monstah seats during the PLAYOFFS!!

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  16. Man uve gone through a lot more than I have when it comes to hand issues lol...I think the Celtics have one more run in them, but after that it will be tough...let's hope KG, allen, and Pierce can stay semi-young forever lol...anyways thanks for writing and take care!

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  17. I love anything you write about playing professional baseball.  You're having a great year, and you'll be in the bigs soon if you stay focused on that goal.  I've followed you on MILB all season, and  you're the real deal.  Just keep showing it !!

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