This being the first installment of my journal I think it's only appropriate I tell you a little about myself. I like long walks on the beach...just kidding! I'm from a little town in Florida called Dunnellon. It was there, at the age of five, I developed my love for baseball. That love has followed me from high school through college, and now three years in the minors. I played a season in (Rookie Ball) Missoula, one in (Short Season A) Yakima, and I was at (Lo-A) South Bend this past year. Now here we are in the offseason.
Why is it called the off season? September through February is the hardest part of the year. Numerous hours are spent lifting weights and doing other baseball related training. Oh yeah, get this...it's all self motivated. You don't have your team there to push you, so it comes down to how bad do you want it. I personally like to surround myself with people that have that same burning desire I do. I train at a baseball school in Clearwater, Florida called The Winning Inning. MLB veterans like Miguel Cairo and Mike DeFelice train there, as do minor league guys like Bryan Dopirak and Ryan Harvey. The two guys I do most of my training with are Esix Snead and Marland "Smoke" Williams. We train about five hours a day, and up until Christmas all that training was done after I finished, my 'day job,' I was a substitute teacher at a local middle school.
Outside of training all my time is spent with a very special little girl. Aleida is my candle that never burns out. She is also all the motivation I need during those hard days of training, or those 1 for 20 slumps during the season. Thank you for taking a little time out of your day to spend with me. Next time you hear from me it will be close to Spring Training and two weeks closer to the best day of the year, OPENING DAY.