Loyal readers (if there are any still left), sorry it has been so long since my last entry but there is only so much I could think to write about Extended Spring Training.
Extended ended about two weeks ago, marking the almost midway point of the season. It’s crazy to think that this season is pretty much half over as it seems like the excitement of Spring Training was only a few weeks ago. I guess time flies when you're having fun––or when you do the same thing every day for two months.
Don’t get me wrong though––while I’m glad Extended is over, I did enjoy it and I think I gained a lot from it in terms of growing as a pitcher.
However, it was tough because I tweaked my elbow and wasn’t able to pitch for about the last month of Extended and was relegated to the sidelines and keeping score. Luckily my elbow is now feeling a ton better and hopefully I will be pitching in games within the next week or two.
The four-day break between Extended and the beginning of the Arizona League was much needed to rest and work out the minor aches and pains, but it was also a chance for many of us to make a quick visit home and see friends and family. We’re lucky down here at the complex in Arizona that we have an excellent chef that prepares three meals a day for us, but nothing compares to the taste of a fresh home cooked meal.
It was only a few short days, but by the end of it I was ready to get back to Arizona and start playing some games that really mattered.
The last week and a half has been a lot different than the end of Extended. Many of the guys that were just drafted and signed are now down here playing in the AZL, and they have helped to reinvigorate the clubhouse with some new excitement and enthusiasm.
I’m sure it helps that for many of us, we are playing games that matter for the first time in months; Stats are being recorded and the final score and overall record matter.
We lost an extra inning contest to Kansas City the other night, but the atmosphere of the game and the final few innings was something that never happened during Extended. Players were on their feet, each at bat seemed crucial, and there was a feeling of drama and anxiety that doesn’t come with the exhibition games.
We may have lost that game, but we were able to get our first W of the season the next night against San Diego – hopefully there will be many more of those to come this summer!
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