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.
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.
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.