Friday, March 15, 2013

HELLO ARIZONA

Greetings from Goodyear, Arizona! How is everyone doing? I've now been out at Spring Training for over a month, so I think it's about time to check in with everyone. So far I have really enjoyed my time with my new team. I honestly don't think I've met anyone within the organization that I haven't liked. The atmosphere around the facility is one of the best I have seen in my eight seasons of professional baseball. When we are on the field we've been working very hard preparing for the upcoming season, but we are able to do so while keeping things loose and fun at the same time. Here is the Major League side of camp giving a quick example of what I'm talking about.




This is by far the best Harlem Shake video I have seen from a professional baseball team. Anyways, one of the best parts of traveling out West for Spring Training every year  is going from 20 degree weather in Boston to the 80 degree weather in Arizona. Below is a picture of the weather both here in Arizona and back home the day I arrived. It is really strange to go from wearing three layers of clothing and sledding to wearing shorts and a t-shirt and sweating as you walk down the street.




I was actually reading in the bookstore one of the first few days I was down here when a man in his 40's walked into the store shivering wearing a sweatshirt, pants, and winter hat. "It's absolutely freezing outside!!!" he yelled. To be fair, it was the coldest day we have had since I've arrived, but this was the weather at the exact moment he walked into the store.




If that was the weather in Boston there would have been people heading to the beach for the day, including this guy!




Enough about the weather. Lets talk about driving for a minute. The way the streets are set up out here in Arizona is absolutely ridiculous.  There is nowhere to turn your car around and go in the opposite direction if you realize your headed in the wrong direction or just feel like going the other way. There are no U-turns allowed anywhere. Seriously, every turn has a no U-turn sign. The problem is, in order to get to the field after I come out of my hotel parking lot I need to turn my car around and head in the opposite direction. Because I have no idea where I am going I usually will take the illegal U-turn at the first turn available to me. At 7 AM there are really no cars on the road anyways, so I figured it was no big deal. Until I did it my first week down here and got pulled over.

I was sentenced to attend Defensive Driving School. The cost was $200 and I had to take a four hour class, three quizzes, and a quick final exam. Seems a bit excessive for making a U-turn, but what do I know.




It's pretty shitty that I actually took notes during class and still only scored an 88%. The good news is that I passed and can now get back to baseball. As far as baseball goes, we have been practicing as a team for a few weeks now. I have gone to about 10 to 12 Major League games, playing both 3rd and 2nd base during my time over there. Our two week Minor League spring training schedule starts tomorrow so I am excited about that. I've received a lot of questions from people asking me where I will end up playing this year, but right now I really can't say. I think a lot of it will be determined by how I continue to play over the next few weeks. Once I find out I will be sure to let everyone know. Well, it's nine o'clock, which is past my bed time, so I will talk to everyone soon and fill you in on how things are looking. Take care!