Thursday, May 17, 2012


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.


  1. We are so happy for you! We've been waiting 9 seasons for one of our boys to be picked up the Yankees and its finally happen! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 

  2. Nice! I new about the Orioles situation but didn't know that you got picked up by NY! That's great! Rooting for you!

  3. Good Luck Matt!
    Continue to root for success as you deserve it!

  4. Matt. My family saw you play in the Cape Cod league ASG. Sat next to your parents. Best of luck. We are big Yankees fans. Hope you get to the Bronx.

  5. It was great meeting and talking to you in Norfolk. Best of luck with your new team!

  6. Matt Congrats on being picked up by the Yanks!!! I bet your mom and dad are so proud. Peabody loves ya buddy!!! Kick some ass......

  7. Good luck Matt! Yankees - must be rough for a Red Sox guy to join the Yanks, but it is what it is.

    By the way, and this is important ... what are pogs and why do you carry them with you on road trips if these Magic games have never been seen before by Human eyes?

    If you get to Nashville, let me know.

  8. Congrats! Maybe you can take Arod's spot...he's done nothing in his career ;-)...seriously, good luck, even though I am a Red Sox fan, still rooting for you...

  9. Congratulations and best wishes in AAA. Buffalo is my home town and I might be able to catch a Bisons-Rochester game when they play.

  10. Damn...i wanted to come see down to camden yards to see you...well anyway best of luck with the yanks!

  11. Wow! Crazy indeed! Time to change your profile picture a-gain!

  12. Oh good! We'll be seeing more of you in Syracuse again.

  13. Haha thanks Miss Tracy