Results tagged ‘ Arizona State ’

Spring Training is finally here!

Well we have done it once again, conquered for a 4th year in a row the ASU Baseball Alumni Golf Tournament!! We took the crown with a score of 55 or 15 under.  The roughest part of it all is finding a place on the mantle for all the trophies! This year we played at our school course Karsten which is always in great shape. It was a little tougher pin placement than usual which made some approach shots a bit more difficult. I have a yearly ritual of the week before our tourney. My family and our family friends (the Campbells) come out to Phoenix and stay at our house. We play 4 or 5 days of golf at some of our favorite places like TPC, Scottsdale and Troon. Not only do I play golf daily but I go over to my buddy Mike Leake’s house to get some workouts in. By the end of the week I’m tired and ready to head off to spring training!

The end of the offseason is such an exciting time for me. The feeling of knowing it is time to get back on the baseball field is thrilling. But then reality sets in and getting to the field at 6:30 to get in work outs is a little rough.

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My arm is finally ready for action! As you may recall, before surgery my recovery was slow and I could not go every other day off the mound. But this week, the week before spring training I threw eight bullpens. So being able to do that was an exciting step for me to conquer.

Since I’ve been in camp my bullpens have been going well. It’s great to be on the field and fun to be around the guys. I think the biggest change is the transition into camp. It used to be like second nature but relearning everything after two years it’s definitely a change. There are a lot more hurdles to get over than I anticipated. For instance the things the small things aren’t so small; pick off moves, throwing to bases, bunting, etc. These used to be things that came naturally to me but now I am just learning to get back to my comfort level with them.

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Well until next time, guys have a great week if you get out to camp have a great time because you know we are! You can follow me @jordanswagerty on Twitter. God Bless!

 

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, which happens to be a day to really show your mom how much she is appreciated. I thought I would share with ya’ll about my mom, the one woman in this world who really is the backbone to our family. She has been there for me not only through this roller coaster of ups and downs of baseball but also in my personal life. My mom and I are very similar which at times causes us to bump heads but overall I know that she has my best interest. I wanted to take this platform of the blog to really let my mother know how thankful I am for her and everything she has done through out the years for me.

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My mom and I in Hawaii

 

From my childhood to now, my parents have always been very involved in my life. In the summertime when I first started playing baseball my mom would be at every practice and game making sure I was there on time and getting the best coaching I could. My freshman year of college at Arizona State, my parents bought a home in Phoenix on South Mountain so that they could make sure to be at every game I played. In fact, during college, my parents only missed four games. That was including away games as well!

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#Forkem

 

All the way up to pro ball currently, my mom has flown all over the country to support me whenever I was on the mound. She is not just there for the games though. When I found out I need Tommy John surgery back in 2012, she was the first person to book a flight and a hotel so she could be there with my through the surgery. In fact, my mom actually sent me and my girlfriend (to ensure I actually do it) this ‘secret’ remedy to help my elbow get better. I can’t reveal the secret, but I can tell you it is absolutely nasty. Mom knows best though!

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Springfield!

On the field and away from the field I can always count on my mom. One of my favorite things about her is her home-cooked meals. Her cooking is awesome and something I definitely have a hard time parting with whenever she leaves. The only time I don’t see much of her is when I’m in the deer woods. I am still trying to convert her to being a hunter, mostly so I can have some good cooking when I am out hunting…

With all this said I want to say Happy Mother’s Day Mom, thank you and I love you!

The past couple of weeks my arm has been feeling solid and I feel like I am getting closer everyday. Honestly, my arm is feeling better than it did when I was healthy, so no complaints here! The surgery is about a 12-16 month recovery stage and I am on that track. Being on this recovery has really made me appreciate everything I once had when it came to baseball and has really shown me to never overlook a single day when I am back on the mound.

 In a future blog, I might have a new grip to teach everyone. I have had plenty of time to watch baseball in the last month and I think a tough pitch to hit is the cutter. I have been fooling around with it and might try it next time I face hitters.

Kept the blog a bit shorter this week but as always God Bless and follow on Twitter @jordanswagerty

Back to SWAG

What’s up Cardinal nation and baseball fans??? My name is Jordan Swagerty and I’m a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals organization. I was drafted in the 2nd round in 2010 after playing at Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!).

I’m excited for the opportunity to blog about the everyday things that you may not hear about. I did a blog two years ago when I pitched in the Arizona Fall League (see links on right hand column) and enjoyed the experience. It has been a while since I have been involved in my normal baseball routine, so I’ll give you a recap of what happened.

Last year, when I was feeling on top of the world, I suddenly had to get Tommy John surgery. Let’s just say the least of my worries was the huge scar it left. Although it was a very low time in my life, I have had a lot of positive things that have come out of catching a bad break in the 24/7 life of baseball and I’d like to share them with you!

I was coming off a good season in 2011 and ready to start the 2012 season. I had an exciting opportunity to be at the big league camp and was ready to get the ball rolling. The only problem was I had a bone spur in the back of my elbow that was causing stabilization on my ligament in my elbow. I threw two bullpens in camp and was shut down. I originally thought I would just be out for a couple of weeks. That was not the case by any means. I would need surgery not only to file down the bone spur but also to reconstruct my UCL. I left camp and flew to LA to have my surgery done.

Now the fun part of rehab begins! When you think of being in rehab it might not sound like a lot of fun but I guess it could depend on who your physical therapist is and who the guys around you are. I got to rehab in Phoenix, Arizona, right by where I went to college. Already a positive, I had a lot of my core group of friends around me which helped keep my mind off the first few weeks of this new life I was about to start living and conquering.  Luckily, the PT facility I was at housed one of the best therapists, Keith Kocher. Not only is he a cool guy but he also shares a passion of mine; hunting and we were able to talk about it every day during my PT session.

The PT facility had about ten other rehabbers that also played baseball, which helped a lot of us become close since we were all in the same boat. It wasn’t always fun doing the exercises and lifting the light weights to get healthy again but I knew it had to be done to get back to where I wanted to be.

The next thing that made the last year of rehab do-able is I found many new hobbies. One that I never thought I would enjoy doing is reading. I read books that had to do with business, such as Rich Dad, Poor Dad, The ABC’s to Real Estate Investing by Ken McElroy and Millionaire by Halftime by my dad Presley Swagerty.

I also found out I really love going to the shooting range and firing off a few rounds.

The last thing and maybe the best is I did get two new puppies with my girlfriend, named Harlow and Oliver. Let me tell you, coming home to the pups is the highlight of my day. You can even follow them on Twitter @HarlowandOliver and Instagram!

Oliver on the left, Harlow on the right

Oliver on the left, Harlow on the right

Now it’s back to baseball time here in Palm Beach, Florida.  The games haven’t started yet but man, I’m eager to get rolling. It feels great to be back with the guys again. Being away for a year makes you feel a little distant when everyone else is still playing. I’m back to facing hitters again and getting to compete, which is something that has always been instilled in me.

As Zig Ziglar says, “attitude not aptitude determines your altitude” which I would say accurately described my past year of sitting on the bench, if you will. We will all go through adversity in our life but it’s how you handle it which really molds your character. Rehab was not the best process but I would say it has made me grow in every aspect of my life.

If you want some daily updates on the season or what I’m up to, follow me on Twitter @jordanswagerty. I am always up for comments, suggestions for the blog or maybe you just want me to touch on a subject, just let me know! God Bless! #SWAG