Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I THINK I BROKE MY ASS

Hey everybody! I hope you all had a great July 4th weekend! I spent mine playing two games over the weekend in Buffalo, New York and then headed back to Syracuse for a night game on the 4th of July. It's always fun to play during this time of year, as they tend to be some of the best baseball days of the season with sold out crowds and post game fireworks. While in Buffalo, Laura and I were able to take a quick trip over to Niagara Falls to check it out. Unfortunately, the traffic was horrible and by the time we arrived we only had about twenty minutes to walk around and enjoy the scenery. Nonetheless, it was still a pretty cool sight and a shit ton of water.

In other news, over the years I've dealt with my fair share of injuries. (If you've followed my blog you know what I'm talking about) In my five year professional career I've hurt a knee, a hand, a wrist, a finger, a hamstring, my mental health, and the list goes on. A few days ago I hurt something I've never hurt before. Don't worry, it isn't anything serious, but it sure hurts like hell. The crazy part is, it doesn't really hurt when I play, but it kills when I'm sitting on the sofa at home watching TV. A few days ago I slid into second base ripping my pants and sliding shorts that I wear under my uniform. Unfortunately, they don't give you much time for a wardrobe change and I had to slide three more times in the game. The difference was I now had the opportunity to slide on my bare ass. I'm guessing not many people have tried this before, but I can tell you from experience, it's not very fun to run full speed and dive naked onto dirt. Anyways, I now have the biggest strawberry known to man, and its located in perhaps the most uncomfortable spot to have a bruise. I'd show you a picture, but I don't want the cops showing up at my door. Instead, here is a video a fan took of my reaction after I slid.


There hasn't been a whole lot to write about over the last few days since its been basically the same busy schedule for me. I have noticed one thing that I thought I would write about today. Most people I talk with are extremely confused when I tell them that I play baseball every single night. I've probably received a few dozen texts, emails, Facebook messages, etc. from people asking me what I was planing to do for the holiday weekend. When I told them I was playing in Buffalo and then back in Syracuse to play on the 4th they seemed really surprised. I received the same response every time, "You don't get a few days off to celebrate?" The funny part is I don't receive this question just on the 4th. I get asked all the time what I'll be doing for the weekend. Again, when I tell people I have games they are surprised we don't get the weekends off. When I inform them that we only have one off-day a month they look at me stunned, kind of like the jury just told them Casey Anthony was not guilty. Most think I am lying. I've always just assumed people knew that baseball was played every single night. If you don't count the All-Star break as days off, since some guys will be playing in the game, we only have five off-days for the entire season, which lasts a little more than five months. Crazy I know.

Well, I just got back from a game and I have a big thing of Chinese food sitting next to me waiting to be eaten. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week. I'm hungry!

23 comments:

  1. Damnit man its always something with you! lol

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  2. I love it. Seriously, few things entertain me more then your blog when I'm sitting around all night reading up on new cases & adoption applications for dogs. Can't I get 1 blog a night?! Come on! Take 1 for the team and by the team I mean me. Yeah, you're not giving into the peer pressure so I'll stop. I was planning on sliding bare ass into bases but after reading this, I've had a sudden change of plans. Perhaps you can start wearing snow suits to protect your butt? I've broken my tail bone beore and I have to say, I feel your pain. People have no idea how much an injured butt hurts. I've had a lot of injuries myself including a broken nose (4 times) and a shattered jaw..yet a broken butt hurt the worst. I wish you & your butt the best!

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  3. It amazes me how lacking in baseball knowledge the average fan is.  We were just in Nationals park the past few games, and I was shocked to hear the sorts of comments from the people around me.  They know very very little. One guy didn't realize the first set of hitters in BP was actually just a set.. he thought they were the only ones hitting all day!

      Anyway.. I hope you heal up fast! That sort of discomfort can't be fun. :)

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  4. U know it!

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  5. Geeez we need to get you a bubble to live in!

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  6. Hahaha...most people think I get to the field at 630 for a 7 o'clock game lol...funny stuff

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  7. time to gather all the fortune cookies pick out the the best fortune and only keep the ones that say you will have good health...lol then maybe u won't get hurt that often.....personally, I have a few saved in my wallet as a back up. :-) There are some dingy fans out there thinking "why don't pitchers pitch the next day??" DURRR!!! my pet peeve of certain fans who still don't understand its not a video game its real!! Get well :-D

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  8. Been there, done that.  Only a few people saw, and I wasn't wearing sliding shorts, just regular softball shorts, and it wasn't a pretty smooth infield, it had rocks, pebbles, and glass at 2B.  I stayed in the game, but driving home sucked, and then asking my wife to clean it up was awful.

    You can't imagine how much you owe a person when they have to clean out a strawberry that big.  I think I had to clean the bathrooms about 5 times in a row.

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  9. Hahaha that's funny

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  10. Ur a true gamer sliding in softball lol

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  11. Gamer = fool in softball.

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  12. Hey Matt! It sounds like your 4th was a real " blow-out" and you and a tube of salve are best buddies now. Heal soon! 
    It's great that you had some time with Ms. Laura. Just don't forget the journey is as important as the destination. 
    I need to find an archive of your interview with Jason Benetti. I was at the 51's and suddenly remembered I was going to tune in. Was it fun?  

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  13. I understand the sliding in softball, you can't help turn the automatic actions off after 12 years of being yelled at by coaches and sliding drills. And some of the fields are just cat litter sprinkled on top of concrete, you don't wanna but training makes ya.

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  14. You guys should have saved the Niagra Falls trip for the All-Star break (unless you two have better plans), taken it easy and enjoyed yourselves.

    Okay I have to ask since you are the only person I know that has been there, is Niagra Falls worth a trip or is it just okay? Was the 20 minutes about the right amount of time to see it? I trust your opinion, you've been a lot of places.

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  15. Yeah it was good...you can find it on youtube on the syracuse chiefs page

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  16. I'm having my own pinch runner when I play beer league softball lol

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  17. I mean it was worth the 20 minute drill for us...I wouldn't fly there or drive hours to see it...but I'm not big into nature and all that stuff lol

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  18. Sounds like you are becoming a flasher, just like the old man

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  19. Yes, you do play every day.  Then again, you do get 5 mos. off in the off-season (if you don't count training and lifting work).  And remember, it's not just the players that have tpo work every game...it's also the staff, from the guys throwing peanuts to the the PA announcer to the guy who rotates the adveritisements on the outfield wall....also, who do you think pulls the tarp during triple a ball-game rain delay?  THE FRONT OFFICE PEOPLE DO---they don't go home at 5pm-

    I worked for a triple-A franchise for 5 years, and the work schedule is brutal...you work the phones in the ticket office for 8 hours, then work the game for three---don't get me started on rain delays.

    But I loved every minute of it.  Got  a AAA ring out of it.

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  20. I'll
    post the same information to my blog, thanks for ideas and great article.

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