Thursday, January 26, 2012

BASEBALL TIP OF THE WEEK

Hey what's up guys? I've gotten away from my weekly baseball tip of the week, but since I've received a lot of requests about it lately I figured I would start throwing some back up here again. The ready position is really important for all you young players out there. I think it is one thing that can really be improved on because of how it is taught at the younger levels of baseball. When I was drafted and made the adjustment to using this as my ready position it really helped me with my fielding ability. Give it a shot and good luck!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

ORIOLES FAN FEST

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I just got back from Baltimore yesterday afternoon after spending a little less than a week there practicing and participating in Orioles Fan Fest. It was really a great week and I was able to get a lot accomplished. After arriving last Tuesday I spent Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday practicing with a dozen or so guys. It was a great time to meet a lot of new teammates that I hadn't had the chance to meet throughout my career. The hardest part about joining a new organization is meeting so many new people. After spending five years with San Diego and building many friendships, it is really a different feeling walking into a clubhouse and not knowing a single person. After being thrown into that situation for the first time last year in Washington, it didn't seem as big of a deal doing it again this time around, but it always takes a few days to really get comfortable. That is probably the biggest benefit of having a week like this during the winter. Now when Spring Training rolls around, we are all familiar with each other and a lot more comfortable that first day of practice.

After meeting many new faces, we were able to use this time to speak with our coaching staff on the upcoming season. We were also able to get a lot of work in hitting, throwing, and strength and conditioning. On Friday night we attended an event, meeting many of the local sponsors of the Orioles, and spent a few hours taking pictures and talking with them. On Saturday the team spent about eight hours or so engaging in Fan Fest, which turned out to be a definite success. I couldn't believe the amount of people that showed up for the event. I could tell after only a few minutes of speaking with fans that Baltimore definitely loves its baseball. The overall event consisted of a bunch of different activities. I was able to sign autographs for two hours, give some young players a few hitting tips in the batting cage, beat up on some youngsters in XBOX 360, and socialize with many Orioles fanatics. I couldn't believe how many people came through the autograph line and talked to me about my blog. I thank everyone again for reading and coming out to support the team. The entire event was a huge success and it really got me excited for the upcoming season. I hope you all have a great week!

Friday, January 13, 2012

FAN FEST

Hey what's going on guys? I hope everyone is enjoying their three day weekend so far. Mine started off on the right foot last night when my New England Patriots handed a beat down to the Denver Broncos for the second time this season. My agent is a huge Broncos fan and he loves to talk crap 24-7, which is probably the reason I'm even a little more excited than usual. It also puts a slight end to the constant chatter by our local sports radio hosts who love to talk ad nauseam about how the Patriots franchise can't win a playoff game and they should fire Belichick, trade Brady, and turn Gillette Stadium into a parking lot. Also, as much as I like Tim Tebow, I'm glad we can now put "Tebow Time" to rest, at least for a few months.

As happy as I am about the win, I am still nervous about the probable upcoming game next Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens scare the shit out of me from my living room sofa whenever I see them play, so I can only imagine what it's like to take the field against them. Since joining the Orioles a few months ago I've had the chance to connect with many Baltimore fans on Twitter and Facebook. Many of you have tried to swing my allegiance to your Ravens, but just as San Diego and then Washington D.C. fans discovered, my love for the Pats will not be easily swayed. For proof of my completely unhealthy addiction with the New England Patriots, and at one time Randy Moss, you can watch the video below that I created last year when I woke up and discovered my favorite player had been traded to the Minnesota Vikings. And yes I know, I've completely lost my mind.





Moving on. This Tuesday I will be heading down to Baltimore for a three day Mini Camp followed by Fan Fest this Friday and Saturday. I'm sure it will be a great time and I know from Twitter that I will get a chance to meet many of you when I arrive there. Until then, good luck to the Ravens during this afternoon's game. As much as I would rather see the Texans coming to town next Sunday, I feel I should at least make the Ravens my second favorite team in the NFL. Enjoy your Sunday!

Friday, January 6, 2012

WHAT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS 2012

Hey what's going on everyone? I hope you all had a great 2011 and have an even better 2012. I can't believe it is already January and the baseball season is just about a month away. This has by far been the fastest off-season for me since I was drafted in 2006. It has also been my busiest off-season of my career. As many of you know, in the last three months I have moved into a new house, got engaged, and signed with a new team. Now that 2012 is upon us, I am looking forward to warm weather and baseball. But before that, let me tell you a few things that have really been grinding my gears. If you agree, let me know in the comments below. If you think I'm over-reacting, keep your comments to yourself...Just kidding!

The first thing that has been driving me nuts (and the main reason for writing this blog post) are mass emails promoting your company but acting like we are best friends. I know you don't really give a shit about me. How could I tell? When you send me an email every week that looks like this:

Hello Friend,

Hope you had a great holiday season. My company is doing great! We sell this, and this, and this, and this, and you should really buy all of them. Have a great 2012!

Your Friend,
Who Givesashit

I literally get at least twenty of these a week through email, Linked In, Facebook, and Twitter. I'm by no means a great businessman, but I'm pretty sure receiving emails like this make me want to never buy your company's product. If you run a company out there I'm telling you, it is not a good marketing tactic.  

The second thing on my list happened to me last night after picking up a to-go order at PF Chang's. I was walking out the door with my food in my hand and noticed someone about fifteen feet behind me about to leave as well. I made sure to wait a few seconds and hold the door open for the guy. He proceeded to walk through the door without taking it from me and didn't say a damn thing. For now on, if you don't say thank you, it's an automatic kick in the nuts. I like that rule.

The last thing on my list is Facebook anytime of the year, but especially right after New Year's Eve. Status updates may be the worst thing ever invented. They are so bad that you almost have to look at them. I don't know why I waste precious minutes of my life reading some of the stupid crap that is on there. The worst is right after New Year's Eve. This is everyone's opportunity to let the world know that they have friends, are wicked cool because they drink alcohol, and are so hungover they just can't get out of bed for a week and a half. I just find it strange that 28 year olds are still trying to be the cool kid on Facebook. I guess I'm just still upset that I went through my school years receiving atomic wedgies and swirlies from these kids fifteen years ago.

Anyways, I'm sure I could go on forever about things that really grind my gears, but these are just a few of the things that I've noticed over the past few days. Give me a list of things that grind your gears in the comment section below and have a great day!