Saturday, November 19, 2011

IT'S BEEN A LONG WEEK

One thing's for sure. It's been a LONG week!


Over the last few days I've been pretty busy talking with teams and trying to decide which organization I believe is the best fit. Basically, I've spent a few hours speaking with each team, allowing them to explain the opportunity I have with them and how they see me fitting into the organization. It also gives me a chance to ask any questions I may have. A few days ago I narrowed my list of teams down to three and then narrowed it once again down to two.  I must say, this process was much harder than it was last year. When I think back, the Nationals clearly presented the best situation during our talks in December. This year, it is much tougher to predict exactly which team presents the best opportunity, but after thinking about it for hours on end I made the most educated guess possible. I'm very happy to announce I've decided to sign with the Baltimore Orioles and will be heading down to Baltimore tomorrow for my physical. I am extremely excited to be joining the Orioles and can't wait to get to Sarasota in February.

In non-baseball related news, I spent this weekend in New York City. I came to realize that I wouldn't last long in NYC. Don't get me wrong, the city is exciting, beautiful, and full of things to do, but I just don't think I could live there permanently. A few days is fine, but any longer and I couldn't handle it.  The place is a natural stress inducer. People drive like complete morons, and that's coming from someone that has lived his entire life in Boston. If I heard one more taxi beep obnoxiously at me or cut me off I was going to lose it. Also, the price of everything is astronomical.  On our second night there we decided to try a small Italian restaurant. It wasn't bad, but nothing to write home about. My Chicken Parmesan cost $40.00! I've eaten at about a thousand different Italian restaurants all over the country and I don't think I've ever spent much more than $20.00 for Chicken Parm. Laura ordered a simple salad that ended up costing $30.00. How do they sleep at night?!?! Speaking of sleeping at night, it cost me $7.00 for the toll to enter Manhattan! Apparently that's how they pay for their starting pitching.

Anyways, enough about how much I felt ripped off. The real reason we traveled down to the city was that I surprised Laura with an engagement ring and asked her to marry me. I know, I know, very romantic right? I'm not exactly the romantic type, but I think I did a pretty damn good job with this one. Laura thought so too. More importantly, she said yes, which was a good thing!  I should also take a minute to apologize to Mila Kunis, now that I'm off the market.

Before I head out I wanted to thank everyone that has congratulated me and wished me luck. I really appreciate it! Have a great weekend!

18 comments:

  1. Congrats on the marriage thing - hilarious story about your NYC trip - that's par for the course there - good place to visit but lots of baggage with New Yawk (trust me I wuz born dere).  You'll love Baltimore - lots of good bars and restaurants - all reasonable.  Players live in town.  Any place in Little Italy will blow away NYC's ghicken parm (Sabatino's is rated one of the best - maybe Mr. Angelos will take you). http://www.sabatinos.com/menu/index.asp

    Good luck tomorrow! 

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  2. $40 for %$&#& chicken parm r u shittin me??!! Fantastic news otherwise!

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  3. Congrats on your engagement and on signing with the Orioles! Good luck tomorrow. (And $40 for chicken parm???? Dominick's in Syracuse -- $10.95. Awesome stuff. $30 for salad? Were the greens gold-plated?)

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  4. I can't believe she said yes to a man that doesn't even own a shovel, it must be love. Congratulations to you both and on everything. That is fantastic.

    Did your mom start crying when she heard the news?

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  5. Hey, congratulations on your new team and your engagement!  It sounds like  it's a long process to go through each team and try to speculate on all the different opportunities that are out there.  I hope you and Laura get to enjoy the rest of your off-season now (if there is such a thing)

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  6. Yessssssssssssssssssss! That would be cool if you started out of spring training on the pro team! My cousin goes to the Orioles every opening day so i would come to watch you! YOU CAN EASILY START ON THE O'S! And once they see you play they will be like goodbye brian roberts(eventhough he is a very nice guy and gave me an autograph and is prolly the best player i got an auto from but  i would rather you be playing up there since you have like talked to me before and stuff)! Congragulations though! And hopefully i will be watching you play for my favorite AL team soon! Is there any ideas of moving you to like 1b or lf or something since they did just get reynolds last year, have roberts who most likely wont be going anywhere, and i think machado his name is at short so....

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  7. Awwww -That is SO sweet! Congrats to you and Laura!!!!

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  8. I know huh lol. Thanks! And I don't know, probably lol

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  9. lol Thanks! I'm not sure exactly where I will be playing but we will find out in Spring Training 

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  10. Thanks! Yeah its not bad at the beginning but once you start to narrow the teams down you start spending a lot of time talking to the same two or three teams. 

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  11. Thanks! Yeah exactly it was ridiculous lol

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  12. Hahaha thanks Nicole! 

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  13. Thanks! Yeah the city seems pretty cool. I'll definitely try some of those out! 

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  14. Congrats Matt!


    This one is for fromthefanseat - remember Laura had "broken window" for a couple of weeks. I think they are going to be a fantastic couple. 

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  15. Matt so good to hear you have signed on with the Orioles.  I am sure with your work ethic you will make it.  I also want to congratulate you on the engagement (big step), but one well worth it.  As for the chicken parm story, not like the old prices when your family owned the restaraunts in Peabody.  Tell your mom, dad and sister I said hi.  Best of luck from Beijing China.  Mike K. 

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  16. Hey what's up Mike? Thanks a lot I appreciate it. Hahaha yeah no kidding huh. I will definitely tell them all you said hi and you do the same. Hope China is treating you well!

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