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!
Monday, January 23, 2012
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.
Posted by Matt Antonelli at 12:13 PM