ABOUT MATT


On April 8th, 1985 I was born in Peabody, Massachusetts, where I grew up and still currently live. Peabody is a city of just over 50,000 people about fifteen miles north of Boston. As a kid I loved to play sports. It didn't really matter which sport it was, as long as there was a ball involved (or puck) and I could dribble it, kick it, throw it, or shoot it, I played it. I can still remember rushing from soccer practice to baseball practice, then from baseball to basketball, all while changing uniforms in the car ride from one to the next.


I decided to attend high school at St. John's Prep in Danvers MA, a Catholic school home to about 1200 students, where I played four varsity seasons of football, hockey, and baseball. During my Freshman year I was lucky enough to win the state championship in baseball. I wish I could say I was the main ingredient to the teams successful playoff run, but instead I only played a few innings in left field and used most of my energy cheering from the bench. As a Senior I shared the football field with a tremendous amount of great athletes as we made our way to the state championship game and national ranking. Unfortunately we lost a heartbreaker to perhaps the most storied high school football program in Massachusetts history, the Everett Crimson Tide. I've played in thousands of sporting events throughout my lifetime, but high school football possesses the top spot in my memory. I was fortunate to meet great people, make fantastic friends, and play alongside devoted teammates during my four years of high school. The Prep, as it is known around the area, helped prepare me for life in college and as an adult. 


During my Junior year of high school I realized baseball would provide me the best opportunity of accomplishing my goal of playing a professional sport. I took unofficial visits to the University of Virginia and Georgia Tech, and official visits to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. The University of Virginia was the first college baseball program to contact me early in my Junior year of high school and invite me to watch a baseball game against and Florida State University. After watching both teams play I told my dad there was no way I would ever be good enough to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but if Virginia made an offer to me I would take it and happily sit on the bench for four years just to be a part of ACC baseball.


A year later I ended up being drafted after my senior year of high school by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 19th round. I had always wanted to play professional baseball, so deciding to decline the offer and instead go play college baseball was a tough decision. In the end, I valued a college education and knew if I continued to work hard on the field I would receive another chance of being drafted. I decided to attend and play baseball for Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from 2004-2006. While at Wake I majored in Communications, although when my friends ask what I majored in, I tell them I majored in Baseball.  Anyone that has attended Wake Forest knows that I'm joking (they don't call it Work Forest for nothing) Although managing my time between baseball and school work wasn't always easy (yes I actually did study) it undoubtedly prepared me for life in the real world and I'm happy I chose the college route. While in school I was able to play in the acclaimed, Cape Cod Baseball League, where I created some of my favorite baseball memories. I also got to play three great years of ACC baseball, something I had always dreamed of doing. 


After my Junior season I entered the 2006 Major League Draft and was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 1st Round (17th overall). Being drafted again was a special moment, but having the opportunity to be the first pick of a Major League organization was a privilege. I spent three seasons working my way through the Padres minor league system. I've had the chance to spend my summers and play in a host of great cities along the way, including Eugene, Oregon, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lake Elsinore, California, San Antonio, Texas, and Portland, Oregon. On September 1st, 2008 I was fortunate enough to make my Major League debut at 2nd base against the Los Angeles Dodgers and get my first hit during my first at-bat against future hall of fame member Greg Maddux.  That day is one I will definitely never forget. In December, 2010, after missing most of the previous two seasons with a broken hand and other ailments I was non-tendered by the Padres, consequently making me a free agent.  A month later I signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals for the 2011 season. I am continuously trying to improve my game in hopes of receiving another shot at the Major Leagues. If there is anything else you would like to know about me just ask! I would love to answer your questions.


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