Thursday, May 17, 2012

THE CRAZY WEEK THAT WAS

What's going on everybody? This past week has been a crazy one. We were on the road for a ten game road trip with two games in Durham, NC, four games in Louisville, KY, and four games in Indianapolis, IN. First, on our way from North Carolina to Louisville we stopped in at a 24 hour McDonald's around 2 AM where I witnessed something I've never seen before. There was a group of six 25 year old guys playing a giant game of Magic at a booth in MD's. I haven't seen anyone play a game of Magic before, but the combination of seeing it being played at 2 AM in a McDonald's is what really blew my mind. I snuck in a candid shot of the epic battle below.




I immediately rushed outside to our bus, grabbed my Pogs collection, and proceeded to beat the shit out of all six of them. Not literally of course, but my Slammer collection is pretty bad ass. Seriously, I won this shirt back in third grade!  



While in Louisville we also had the chance to take a tour of the Louisville Slugger building. I can't believe how many bats they are making in that place. The biggest surprise to me was how most of the construction is done by hand. I thought for sure that 99% of the bats were handled by machines. The best part of the trip was being allowed to pick out four bats apiece from a collection of bats that had been returned by players around the league. We all spent about twenty minutes wrestling over these bats looking for ones we liked.




Things really got interesting once we arrived in Indianapolis. It felt as if half of our team was either called up or Designated for Assignment during our first two days in Indiana. About thirty minutes before our game on Sunday I was called into our manager's office and told he had just received a call informing him that I had been DFA'd. Here is what I read on the computer about five minutes after he gave me the news.


Orioles Designate Matt Antonelli For Assignment

The Orioles have designated infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter).   The move made room on the 40-man roster for the O's to promote Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfolk.
Antonelli, 27, hooked on with the O's in November and was hitting .204/.351/.280 in Norfolk.  Antonelli was taken with the 17th overall in the 2006 draft by the Padres and was thought to be in line for significant playing time at third base for Baltimore this year.


I've been asked by about 6,000 people in the last few days what it means to be DFA'd. I honestly still do not understand all the rules, but basically it means I was taken off the 40 man roster by the Orioles and would have to pass through waivers. If no teams claimed me during the three day waiver process I would return to Norfolk. If a team claimed me I would be placed on that teams 40 man roster. Well, I received a call today from the Orioles informing me that I was claimed by the New York Yankees.


Yankees Claim Matt Antonelli

The Yankees have claimed infielder Matt Antonelli off of waivers from the Orioles, Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger tweets. Antonelli, who was designated for assignment four days ago, will report to Triple-A.
Antonelli, 27, signed a Major League deal with the Orioles this offseason. He posted a .204/.351/.280 battling line for Baltimore's top affiliate before the O's removed him from the 40-man roster over the weekend. The Padres selected Antonelli 17th overall in the 2006 draft.


Right now I am packing up my apartment, jumping in my car, and heading up to New York to join my new team in Rochester, NY. It is crazy how quickly everything has happened in the last few days and I still can't believe I am on a new team. This is the first time in my baseball career when I have switched organizations in the middle of the season, and I think because it happened so early in the season it still has not sunk in. Having to go to our stadium a few hours ago and say goodbye to all of my teammates wasn't a very fun experience, but I am excited to join my new team and see what is in store for me in the future.

I probably should keep packing and get out of Norfolk before it gets too late. I appreciate all of the support and good luck wishes from both Orioles and Tides fans. Good luck to your teams and maybe we will see each other in the future.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

TRIVIA CONTEST

Hey what's going on everyone? As most of you know I have a baseball YouTube page where I post advice about all different aspects of baseball. I decided to give away a pair of Under Armor batting gloves  to the first person who answers a trivia question correctly. You can watch the video below for details. Good luck!


Sunday, May 6, 2012

ROAD TRIP

How is everyone doing tonight? We just finished up a quick two game series in Durham, North Carolina against the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and are on our way to Louisville, Kentucky. The travel time is scheduled for nine hours, but we usually make a pit stop at Burger King or McDonald's around midnight, so I'm guessing we pull into our hotel around 8 in the morning. I've been MIA the last few weeks so I figured this would be a good time to get back to writing a little bit since I've got spare time.

I've had a few interesting things happen to me in the past few days. Last week we played a series in Batavia, New York, which is always fun this time of year. Out of the four scheduled games one was cancelled because of rain and one because of a snow storm. Here's a look at the field about two hours into the storm.


When we got back home to Norfolk, Laura flew down for the weekend and decided to take me out for a belated birthday dinner at Ruth's Chris. In the middle of eating my filet I realized a giant portion of my 11oz steak was lodged in my throat/chest. For some reason in a moment of panic I thought the best idea was to throw up my entire dinner in the corner of the booth we were seated in. I know it sounds gross, but it saved my life. And I'm sorry Ruth's Chris.

A few days after embarrassing myself in front of a full restaurant I decided to foul a ball off of my left foot during my first at-bat of our game. I've missed the last two games in an attempt to regain the feeling I lost. I'm hoping I will be able to play in the game tomorrow. I actually thought I broke my foot the day after, but it was feeling much better today so that's a good sign I think.

At yesterday's game in Durham our game was delayed three hours because of heavy thunderstorms. Our 5 PM game finally began at 8PM even though there was still a light rain falling on the field. Around 8:30 the rain finally quit for five minutes, during which time every sprinkler on the field turned on and began soaking the field. I'm still convinced it was someone on our teams last ditch effort to get the game cancelled and allow us to watch the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight. Anyways, once the grounds crew figured out how to shut off the water it began to pour again and the game was officially postponed until the following day.

Well, that's all I've got for today. I've successfully cut down my travel time from nine hours to eight hours and forty minutes. Last night I feel asleep while watching Contraband with my main man Marky Mark. I think its time to finish that up. I hope you all enjoy your night!