Saturday, December 29, 2012

PLUNGE 4 PETE

I want to thank everyone once again for their donations to help Strike Out ALS at the 1st annual "Plunge 4 Pete." With all of your help we were able to add an additional $1,375 to the fund. To show my gratitude and thanks to all of you that donated I busted out my Hooters outfit to take the plunge. Below is the video of the event and my outfit. Thanks again!





Wednesday, December 26, 2012

HELP STRIKE OUT ALS!

Hey guys! On this Saturday we will be taking a "Plunge 4 Pete" into Good Harbor Beach to raise money for my friend Pete Frates who was diagnosed with ALS over a year ago. I will be auctioning off my Rawlings baseball glove and giving the proceeds to Pete and his fund. Find out how you can bid for the glove in the video below!


    


You can place your bid starting now until midnight tomorrow, Thursday, December 27. You can place your bid at any of the following places.

My personal email account - Mattantonelli9@gmail.com

My Twitter account - https://twitter.com/MattAntonelli9

Here are the rules again!

1) Minimum bid is set at $200

2) Highest bid wins!

3) You are only allowed to bid one time and only the highest bid will be announced

4) Send your name, bid amount, and email address to contact you if you win.

Good luck!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BOSTON.COM

Here's a recent article in the paper about how crazy this past season was and about a lot of the work I've been doing with young baseball players in my area. Enjoy!



Matt Antonelli shoots video of a batter’s swing at Route 1 SportsPlex in Danvers.


Peabody’s Antonelli passing on what he learned as a pro


By Maureen Mullen

Globe Correspondent /  December 12, 2012


For now, Matt Antonelli has hopped off the roller-coaster ride that was the 2012 season and settled on familiar ground: the Route 1 baseball complex in Danvers where he worked out as a kid himself.
Antonelli, who turns 28 in April, struggled with injuries and illness while playing in the Orioles and Yankees systems. He appeared in just 44 games, and in July he was released by New York.
The Peabody native and St. John’s Prep star who was the Padres’ first pick (17th overall) out of Wake Forest University in 2006 will answer the call if a team chooses to sign him for next season. He tells of his marketing hook with the humor that typifies his blog at www.mattantonelli.com: His last three organizations (he was with the Nationals in 2011) all went to the postseason in 2012.
“I don’t know if I’m good luck or it’s good luck when a team has me and then gets rid of me,” he said with a laugh.
For now, he’s working out, giving lessons, and coaching at Route 1 SportsPlex,known as Strike One when Antonelli was a kid. He’d like to go into coaching — preferably at the college level — if his playing days are over.
“I’ve worked with different teams in the past,” Antonelli said. “My dad [Jack, an assistant baseball coach at St. John’s] has coached a lot and usually I’ll help out his team during the offseason. But this is the first time where I’m actually working with all the teams, ages 9 through 15 . . . so this is good practice for me, I guess.”
Antonelli was an outstanding three-sport athlete at St. John’s. He was named the 2003 Massachusetts Player of the Year in both football and hockey, and was the runner-up in baseball to another Peabody native, Jeff Allison.
He made his major league debut with the Padres in 2008, appearing in 21 games, and recording his first hit in his first at-bat, off future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. After that, he was sidetracked by injuries, but he rebounded and was named an International League All-Star when he hit .297 in 2011 with Washington’s Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y.
After signing a free-agent contract with the Orioles in November 2011, he played for Triple-A Norfolk. But when the O’s needed room on their roster in May, he was waived and claimed by the Yankees.
Living in various hotels — and out of his car — because the Yankees’ Triple A Scranton/Wilkes Barre affiliate was without a home while PNC Field in Moosic, Pa., was being rebuilt, he appeared in just 15 games before he was released. While he was hoping to catch on with another team, Antonelli developed an ailment that caused dizziness, fatigue, ringing in his ears, and nausea, causing him to lose about 10 pounds in three weeks. While most of the symptoms have subsided, he still has ringing in his ears.
“I guess I kind of try to learn something and take something out of it, even if it’s a really bad season,” Antonelli said. “But the thing I actually liked about last season was that moving from one organization to the other, you kind of get to learn some things. Sometimes when you’re in the same organization you kind of hear the same philosophy over and over again.
“In Baltimore I was around a lot of really good coaches, and then I went to the Yankees and learned a lot more stuff with those guys. So that’s the one good thing I think I took out of it, just meeting new players and new coaches and learning new stuff and making new friends.”
He got married recently and has a new home in Georgetown. While some athletes are reluctant to talk about a post-playing-days plan, he is not.
“I guess if it was something different, maybe if I was going into something like finance or something like that, maybe I wouldn’t think about it while I’m playing,” he said. “But really I guess while I’m coaching I’m still basically in the same area. . . .
“But, it’s good. I enjoy it. I enjoy being around all the kids and being around baseball.”

Friday, December 14, 2012

MARRIED LIFE

Hey what's going on everyone? It's time to get back on track and start pumping out some blog posts again. As many of you know, the last two months have been two of the busiest months of my life. Last month I got married in Boston to my girlfriend of six years. It was a great night with our family and friends, and it was awesome to see so many former teammates from all over the country that I hadn't seen in quite some time.




After the wedding, we spent almost ten days in Italy for our honeymoon. It was our first time in Italy and since both of our families are from there we have always wanted to visit. We spent just about a week on the Amalfi Coast, which is a beautiful stretch of coastline in Southern Italy. I had actually never even heard of the Amalfi Coast before, but thanks to Laura and her love / obsession of Pinterest, she knows what every island, peninsula, mountain, and valley in the world looks like. Once I saw the pictures I knew I would love it, and I did. It really was the prettiest place I've ever been to. Here is a shot of Positano, one of the small towns we stayed in.




Everything about Italy was great. The people were super nice, even though I couldn't understand a damn word any of them said. The food was amazing! I ate pizza and pasta at just about every single meal. And I ate enough gelato to kill a small horse. I'm serious. This is what it looked like after every single meal. 



When I told the guy I wanted the biggest cone in Italy he looked at me like I was an idiot, but after searching the place for a few minutes he found me this monster. It turned out being the best six scoops of dessert I've ever had.

Anyways, enough about the food. We were also able to spend some time in Pompeii where we got to see Mount Vesuvius. We took a boat to the island of Capri, another very cool spot in Southern Italy. And we spent a few days in Rome where we were able to check out great historical sites like the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, and much more. I also had to make sure I checked out a Roman McDonald's, just to make sure they didn't have any awesome kind of burger or chicken nuggets that I had no idea about.




Overall the trip was great, but it was good to get home and finally speak some English and eat some American food again. Since being home, it's been back to baseball and getting ready for next season. I recently signed with a new team but I don't want to say who it was just yet because I haven't actually physically signed anything. Hopefully I receive the contract soon and this isn't just a big joke on me. 

My fantasy football playoffs started last night and I have to give a shout out to my followers on Twitter. I wasn't sure who to start as my RB2 between Steven Ridley, Bryce Brown, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. After taking a quick poll I went with BJGE and was rewarded with 17 points. I appreciate the help!

I also cut down a Christmas tree for the first time in my life, which is surprising because I may be the worst handyman of all-time. I have no clue how to use a saw, drill, wrench, and even struggle with a tape measure at times. Last year I actually bought a drill to do some work around the house. After attempting to hang up a bookcase and putting six more holes in the wall than was probably necessary, Laura banned me from using any type of power tool in the house or near small children.




I know what you're thinking. That's the smallest tree you've ever seen and your eight year old sister could have cut it down faster than I did. Well it was my first time so back off!!!

Well, I hope everyone is having a great end to their fall and has a great holiday season. I promise now that a lot of the craziness is done I will be back to writing again, and I will let everyone know where I will be playing next season once I sign my contract. Take care!