Monday, November 28, 2011

FRICKIN' LASER BEAMS

Hey guys, how are you all doing?  The last week has been pretty busy for me. I've mostly been on the road, as I had a chance to travel down to Baltimore for my physical and also to meet members of the front office and coaching staff. I've received a lot of emails lately asking what types of things go on in the physical and how I spent my time in Baltimore, so let me take a few minutes to explain.  


Basically, the physical part is not as complicated as many may think. The first thing they do is check and make sure you're alive with a heartbeat and a pulse. After a few grueling hours of analyzing my charts, they gave me the thumbs up and told me I had passed. The next part of the physical, and probably the most extensive of all the tests, was the eye exam. They put you through about fifteen different test, not only to check your vision, but also to check the health of your eyes in general and make sure you won't have any problems a few years down the road. You might assume that the blood work and "cough test" would be the shitty parts of my day, but spending thirty minutes with laser beams and bright lights shining directly in your eyes definitely takes the cake.


As the day continued I took visits to a few different doctors where we talked about any past medical problems throughout my life and any surgeries I may have had over the years. They then yank on your arms and legs, check your knees and shoulders to make sure they're fully healthy, and do some basic strength and mobility tests. After passing those I gave some blood and was asked to pee in a cup for probably the 400th time in the past five years.  The process started around 9 AM and finally finished right around 3 PM. 


Once I was told I had completed everything, I made sure to spend the afternoon eating lunch at Ra Sushi, one of my favorite sushi places in the country.  The closest franchise to my home in Boston is in Baltimore, so I couldn't pass up a chance to get some Tootsie Maki.  If you haven't tried it I suggest you check it out. 


After lunch I took a ride over to the ballpark to check it out for the first time. I've heard from literally thousands of people over the years about how beautiful of a place Camden Yards is, and they weren't lying. It seems like a great place to call home during the season. I was able to spend some time speaking with our GM and Manager and also with other members of the front office and staff and then took a little time to do some interviews with the media. I can already get a sense for how excited everyone is for Spring Training and the start of the 2012 season. Now that the physical is in the rear view mirror and my contract is signed there isn't much standing between now and the beginning of baseball, except for maybe a few feet of snow. Either way, I'm sure it will be here before we know it and I'm really excited to get going! I hope everyone had a great holiday and I will talk with you later.

21 comments:

  1. A 6 hr hospital visit...damn!  Was that an in-patient visit?  I've heard you talk about Ra Sushi before and was wondering if you had a chance to go to some of the sushi places in Portland when you were with the Beavers.  Also, have you ever been to Pure Sushi in Scottsdale?  I think that is my favorite place of all time.

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  2. I could never deal with 30 minute eye exam. I start freaking out just thinking about it. 

    Good luck in Baltimore.

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  3. Congrats on the new contract and signing & good luck with the upcoming season. Can it be baseball season yet?! Thank God for football right now. And seriously dude, I would probably go a tiny bit insane with the doctors. I don't like seeing a doctor for more then 20 minutes total a year let alone 6 hours in one day. Could be worse. Could be 6 hours at the dentist.

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  4. Aw, what's a little snow anyway when you've got all of that to keep you warm? [I might recommend you splurge a little for decent snow shovel, however.]  Keep us posted when you can; it'll make the season go quicker! :)

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  5. Welcome to Baltimore . I hope you have an opportunity to succeed  here . Guys that hustle all the time usually are endeared quickly .
    We are dying for a winner and a team to rally around. Congrats on the MLB contract and thank you  for allowing us in on the Big League experience .

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  6. Hey, welcome to the Orioles from a longtime fan! And it's awesome that you've got a blog; great to see a baseball player who both can and is willing to write in full sentences. I hope things work out for you here, we're excited to see you play!

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  7. Matt, welcome to the club! Hope you'll be a part of something special (winning) in Baltimore. BTW, if you like sushi and in the Canton area check out Sushi San & Thai Jai Dee. Or, take a trip to Sushi Hana (there's one in Mount Vernon as well as one in Towson). 

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  8. Let the superstardom begin! Best of luck...you deserve it. Maybe San Diego can trade O-Dog for you and we can have you man 2B this season! :)

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  9. Haha thanks man!

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  10. Hey thanks Stephen! Sounds good will do!

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  11. Thanks Alex! Haha thanks for reading!

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  12. Thank you very much!

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  13. Thanks you! I hate the dentists lol

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  14. Haha not fun. Thanks!

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  15. Well we had to travel to three different hospitals so we drove for probably around two hours in total. And i did eat at some sushi spots in portland but I can't remember the names lol. Never been to Pure Sushi though. Ill have to try it.

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  16. Camden Yards is the BEST stadium in the League! Eventhough i was only at four or five stadiums:)  It might not be as energetic and philly, or be as unique as pittsburgh, but the Orioles just give you goose bumps when you smell the city and walk into that stadium, my favorite part, and when i know i have "arrived" is when i see the big orange brick building in right field! One of the best feelings in life is watching an o's game at camden yards, eating a hot dog!

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  17. Cant wait to watch you!!!!!!

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  18. Yes I hear it is awesome. I'm looking forward to getting a chance to play there

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  19. Welcome to the Os, Matt. I've been a fan since '54. Do the Orioles have any tests besides the physical? I mean mental tests. As Yogi Berra said, in his famous style: "Baseball is 90% mental; the other half is physical." Here's an interview I gave a few years ago on the subject:
    http://cb108.blogspot.com/2005/05/transcendental-meditation-and-orioles.html
    Watch a classic video of MLB all-stars who've used the TM program to play more rested, relaxed and focussed: www.tinyurl.com/5rlmja
    An entire top ranked women's team uses TM: www.tinyurl.com/tmampm
    Best of luck.
    Craig Berg
    (828)-398-0490

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