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Learning through adversity

So I had a little bit of time tonight to right up a new blog and its due to the amount of rain we have been getting down here in Florida! Someone send us some sunshine! Rainouts seem to be the name of the game here in the Florida State League.

I have been with the team for nearly two weeks and we had our second rainout today. Playing down here in Florida there has been a couple of tropical storms around the state and it seems to keep sending rain our way.  Since I have been back and going that’s the last thing I need coming back from surgery!

Coming back is all about the repetitions in game-like situations, getting your feet wet. With a few outings under my belt now it has been a little more difficult than I expected but it’s been a blast to just be back out there.

It seems like one day you’re cruising through hitters and the next day nothing seems to work. I think anyone coming back from surgery will tell you the same thing! Some things that I can take away from the experience is really learning how to pitch on days where you don’t have all of your pitches. Really learn to use and trust your fastball. Really try to hit your spots with it. Once you can do that, then on days where everything is working you can roll through innings and days it’s not, you still can attack hitters with your fastball and try to get outs in different ways. Either way I leave the mound looking forward to getting back out there next time.

So I have had the opportunity to get out and do some shooting in the last few days and its one thing that really gets me away during season and gets my mind off baseball. I recently worked with some really cool guys that own a company called Drake Associates. Chris Drake talked with me on the phone and we worked out getting a new Chassis system for a rifle that I had already purchased and since then the gun has shot unbelievable. If you know anything about guns I was getting consistent ¾ inch groups at 200 yards. These guys do a lot of custom work and do a great job so definitely check out their website and their blog here.

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In other news it’s that time again. Just turned 24 years old on the 14th. Where does time go? Seems like yesterday I was signing with the Cardinals taking a trip around Busch Stadium, watching the game and now I’ve been in with the organization for three years. A nice surprise is my family came in for the weekend and surprised me and my girlfriend! It truly is an amazing time when I get to spend it with family. I’m very close to my family especially my dad who really is a best friend. I know I blog about it a lot but we went to Jetty’s which still is my favorite place in the area. Just doesn’t seem like any other place compares here in Palm Beach.

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Photo credit: SaraBeth Swagerty http://instagram.com/p/buietSOkIV/#

Anyway, I just wanted to stop in for a bit with you guys! Thanks everyone for keeping up with the blog. Don’t forget to follow on twitter for updates with the blog @jordanswagerty. God Bless

Spring Training Nearing End

So apparently you guys have made me discover a new talent of mine and that is writing blogs.. who would have ever thought!

To give you a little context on that statement, I will give you a little bit of a background on my past and me. I have never been interested in English or writing which makes writing this blog a little bit different for me. I took an English class in college but that was mostly the extent of my writing. Now I find myself getting done with one blog and already coming up with new ideas for the next. I honestly think I could write about double the amount I have been haha but I will try and save everyone a little bit and try not to overdue it.

Since I have started this blog its opened my eyes to many different things. Writing is something I have found to come pretty easy. after seeing my dad write a book and almost be done with his second, I have started one myself. Might not sell one copy but I’m really enjoying trying to put it all together.

For this blog entry I wanted to take some time and thank the people that have got me here and give a little insight on my background that you might not know, and maybe get a little more in-depth than most entries will. To start, my family has played a huge part in getting me where I am in the game today. From my mom and dad getting me on teams, to my grandparents Nana and Papa taking me to practices, it has truly been a family effort.  Now spring is in full swing and its so nice to be able to have family in town and let them enjoy spring training with me. It’s really nice to have my grandparents get to head out to the games with my parents and enjoy the Florida sun. Family is a huge part of my life and I have always been very close to them.

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Dinner with parents at, you guessed it, Jettys!

Next, I am really thankful for the fans! Thanks to everyone reading my blog, everyone at every stadium across the nation, and everyone that follows the players on Twitter that have encouraging words as we hit the slumps that season brings. It has been really fun writing this blog because I get to interact with different individuals that I have never gotten to interact with.

Another perk is reading the comments on the page which I have started to respond to the comments so don’t be afraid to leave a comment. Another big shout out I have to give is to all of the rehab personnel I have worked with. There are so many people working with me to get me back on the field. It really is a cool process to have so many people back you up on the road to recovery.

The season is now coming up fast and I honestly have never been more excited. So many things have changed since the 2011 season. There were so many new faces in camp. It is crazy for me when I would head out to the field the first few days of camp and I honestly didn’t know half the people. Maybe I should do a better job of socializing!

With only a few days left rosters are getting close to being set and it’s fun to watch everyone get ready to head out from camp and get to where they are headed. You’ll see guys calling to ship their cars, guys trying to figure out who there living with, and everyone trying to figure out where they’re going to live. It really is hard to get everything done in such a short period of time, especially when you have no apartment where you’re headed or any furniture. We are really starting from scratch.

With that being said we all can’t wait to break camp and get to the teams and start playing games under the bright lights. After being in camp for a month it’s crazy to think it’s about to come to an end. I will try to get out another blog right at the start of season to let everyone know what I’m up to. I promise I’ll be having fun somewhere. Hope everyone is having a good week.

See you on twitter @jordanswagerty

God Bless and Happy Easter!

Family Time

One week left everyone, and a lot is going on! Wanted to take some time to let everyone know a little bit about my last week personally and a few things you might have missed at camp! I have been very fortunate that my family rented a place down here in Palm Beach and it has been a blast getting to hang with them every day.

My dad turned 55 this last week so I did get to enjoy his birthday with him. If you have ever been to Spring Training down here in Florida, I hope you have had a chance to stop by and eat at Jetty’s! It is by far my favorite place in the city and they really do have some unbelievable food. This is where I took my dad for his birthday and we truly had a great time. I went with the Hawaiian filet and I really wish I had a picture of it. It tastes almost like Hawaiian chicken but with a tender filet. Then we celebrated with a cake afterwards!

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Happy birthday Dad!

For all the dog lovers out there my girlfriend Guin and myself are looking at another puppy. We have really enjoyed the two that we have who are both males and we are thinking about adding a female to the pack. What do y’all think?? We have been looking for a while and found one that is a little bit more rare. She’s beautiful chocolate with brown in her coat which is pretty rare to find.

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What should we name her?

The last thing before we get to baseball is I am pretty pumped to have my sister in town for a few days. For those of you who don’t know her, her name is SaraBeth and she is a up-and-coming country artist. She has been on the road for the last few weeks doing a radio tour with many different radio stations where she would go in do a live concert and introduce her new songs to the listeners. If you get a chance check out out on Twitter at @SBSwags and her album Kickin’ and Screamin’ on iTunes!

Okay now on to what everyone wants to hear! Let’s talk baseball!! Things are looking good out there on the practice fields. There are many guys out there really bringing it and starting to make a name for themselves. I’m sure everyone knows Michael Wacha. He is bringing it and is looking strong, throwing it hard and mixing it up well. One of my good buddies Seth Blair is really commanding the strike zone well and getting people out.

To be honest there is really good baseball being played this camp. Guys are really hitting their stride early. It is very smooth baseball, meaning guys are making the plays in the field, pitchers are looking sharp really making pitches, and hitters are putting good swings on balls. It’s clear there was a lot of hard work put in this offseason, which is always good to see.

As for myself, I’m feeling strong! Rehab has been going great. We really have a great staff of guys that have been working with me and making sure I continue I head in the right direction! It really feels good to say I am facing hitters and my arm feels great!

One thing you might not know about me is I really am one of the most competitive people there is. I love being able to get back on the mound now and have fun. I love seeing hitters in the box. I love to compete and be able to throw all of my pitches at them and try to get them out. It has been a great camp because I get to compete again and that is one thing I have truly missed while I was rehabbing on my way back.

See you on twitter @jordanswagerty God bless!

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