The last few days have been unbelievable. The league is everything I thought it would be and more. I would like to start this entry by talking a little bit about the team and what a normal day in the life of an Arizona Fall League player is like.
First, the guys on the team are some of the most down to earth guys I have been around not to mention some of the most talented. The way it is set up is we are one team comprised of five major league organizations. Our team is made up of the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Detroit Tigers. Its a fun experience to meet players from different organizations because they all come from different leagues and all have different stories to tell. Another thing I find interesting is playing against many of these players before in different places and finally playing on the same team and talking about past games against one another. For instance I live with Zack Cox who we played last year in college. So there are always things to give each other a hard time about.
The day in the life of an AFL player is one that is pretty fun. The only downside is waking up between 7-7:30 AM every morning. Beside that everything is a blast! I will wake up and head to the field, I try to get there a little early just incase there is something I need to do. When I get there I always eat. There is always a nice spread for us to eat. After we eat we will hang out for a bit there are a few TV’s in the locker room which will always be in TBS in the morning which will be showing ” Saved By The Bell ” followed by ” Yes Dear ” then my favorite ” Fresh Prince of Bell Air “. Then we will get ready for batting practice which starts at 9:30AM when we play at home. Then we will come back until game time at 12:35PM. After the game the TV’s have shifted to ” Sports Center” and the food is all laid out for us to eat! When we leave the field it is usually around 4:00PM and we are free for the day.
Now a little about the first three games. We started off on the road in Peoria where we won the first game of the year. Every thing clicked for us that game. We had run support and the pitchers all threw well. The next two games have been at home and we have not given the home town fans what they want. We dropped the last two games. I think as a team this being or first time playing together there will be a few more ups and downs, it does not worry me because I have seen the talent we have and we will gel and start playing better baseball. As for me I had my professional debut today. I threw 2 innings which was my first time to throw to a hitter in 5 months. It felt good to have the mound under me in a game and see people in the stands! As for my outing it was not my strongest went 2 innings and gave up 2 earned runs, but everything felt good. The hitters in this league hit mistakes so I found out how important hitting spots is. I really took a lot from the game and cant wait to be back out there!
I would like to send a thank you to my parents and grand parents. They have been in town to watch me the last few days and it was really nice to have them there for my debut. They flew out from Dallas, Texas to watch and I was really fortunate to have my grandparents there for me.