Livin' it up with Livingston: Opening Day Starter

Inland Empire 66ers southpaw Bobby Livingston, one of the top young arms in the Mariners organization, will update weekly throughout the season with detailed accounts of his every-day life in the minors. Livingston, today's Opening Day starter for the 66ers, wrote in last night with his first journal entry. Get an inside peak at life in the minors, and read what was going through the mind of a staff ace.

With his Opening Day start less than 24 hours away, Bobby Livingston took the time out of his busy schedule to write in with his thoughts heading into Thursday's opener.

Here's what he had to say:

I know what (manager) Daren Brown and (pitching coach) Dwight Bernard expect out of me. I've always been the number one guy since I was a little kid. Being the Opening Day starter is nothing that I haven't dealt with before, so I'm kind of used to it. I just look at it like it's my turn to pitch and go out what I gotta do.

I just need to get that first pitch out. That's the only thing. Once you get that out you settle back in and it's a reassuring feeling. I'm feeling good out there on the mound.

I'm a big visual person. I like to visualize the things that are going to happen. I did it a lot last year because the more success I had the more I started doing it. It helped me a lot, and I don't like to change things if they are working. Don't fix it if it's not broken. It helps me understand the game better and feel a little more confortable out on the mound.

I'm feeling pretty good on the mound right now, but I think I need to be a little bit more outfront in my changeup. I need to break my hands at the same time instead of drifting when I pitch. If I get the ball out of my glove late it causes me to leave the ball up. But my mechanics are good and I feel comfortable in every count and every situation.

Before games I make sure I spend time getting mentally prepared. I like to relax and let my mind ease and think about the game tomorrow and envision what's going to happen.

I try to get a lot of sleep the two nights before my start. Usually the night before I start, I go to bed early, sleep in, have a meal and think about the game all day. I try to envision my pitches.

I don't have any superstitions, none of those. I just like to take my time getting dressed. I want to be comfortable with the ball in my hand. would like to thank Bobby Livingston for his contribution to the web site.

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