Hey what's going on everyone? This is always the craziest time of year for me. I will be leaving for Spring Training in a few weeks, so I've been really busy getting myself ready to head out to Arizona. With all my time taken up with working out, hitting, fielding, and working with youth players, I've fallen behind on my writing.
As many of you probably already know by now, I recently signed with the Cleveland Indians. I appreciate all the good luck wishes I have received on Facebook and Twitter and through email. I am really looking forward to joining my fifth team as a professional and can't wait to see what this season brings. Our Spring Training facility is located in Goodyear, Arizona, meaning I'll be back out west for the first time in two years. It will be fun to play against some of the teams I was so used to playing during my five years with the Padres. It will also be the first time I will play against San Diego since leaving two years ago. It will be nice catching up with some former teammates and fans that I had during my stay there. If you are in the area make sure to stop by a game or practice and say hello!
Over the last few months I have been working really hard with our youth players from my home state of Massachusetts trying to help them improve their game. I know when I am done playing I will go into coaching, so it has been a great learning experience for me dealing with so many young ballplayers. Here is a video of one of our many clinics we have put together over the last few months.
Besides trying to teach baseball I've obviously been working on my own game as well. This is actually my first off-season in a very long time that I did not have surgery and could work out as much as I've wanted the entire winter. Last off-season after coming off wrist surgery I was really only able to hit a few times before I flew out to Spring Training. I quickly learned how important it is to be able to put in a full workload during the winter after I got off to a very slow start to Spring Training and was never really able to get my swing working. Here are a few clips of me hitting over the last few months. (Please excuse my videographer for falling over at the 25 second mark, as it is very tough to stay in a knelling position for more than 30 seconds without losing your balance and landing on your face)
Although I've had a lot of fun working around baseball this winter, I also have had some tough moments to deal with. For one, having to witness the Patriots get knocked out of the playoffs to the Baltimore Ravens. The worst part about it is that Laura and I traveled down to watch the game. It was my first time at a Pats game in a few years, and it was Laura's first ever Patriots game. We were lucky enough to receive tickets from a great family that is investing in the agency that represents me. Although it was a tough loss, we both had a great time meeting new people and enjoying the game from some of the best seats in the house. You can see from me being the only one still sitting in their seat fifteen minutes after the game ended that it took a little while for me to get over the loss.
Anyways, it's time for me to get going to my workout. I only have a few weeks to go until I head out for Spring Training so there's not much time to waste. I hope you all have a great weekend and I will talk to you later!