Thayer Thursdays

The grind of spring training is coming to an end and the beginning of the "marathon" season is just a few days away. With only three days left to go it's time to iron out the kinks and tune up that swing for the big dance. So far, it has been a different experience for me.

This is different from a college program, where after the season they ship you off to various cities to play in wood bat leagues, and when you get home from that its right back into fall training. Well after I got back from my short season, instead of getting right back into training, I had six months of rest. That was the first time in my life that I have been away from baseball for that long and I was not sure how I was going to feel when I showed up for spring training. Now don't get me wrong, I didn't just sit around all off season and watch people play sports. I took that time to get stronger and work on a few things. Regardless, nothing can really prepare you to face live pitching except live pitching and that's what spring training is for.

In the past I have been the type of player that starts off really hot at the beginning, then cools off towards the middle of the season, and comes back around towards the end. I'm not sure why but that is how I've always been and each player is a little different. However, this year seems a little different. Right now I am far from hot. It seems like there is some sort of conspiracy where no matter how hard I hit it or where I hit it I am always going to be out. It has gotten to the point where it has even drawn a few chuckles from teammates and coaches alike. But why start off hot? Where do you go from there in a hundred plus game season? So after another tough game at the plate I sit here writing this article with a smile on my face because I know that it can only go up from here. Now some of you may think that that sounds crazy. You say, "what's wrong with being hot all the time?" Well if that's you then you have either never played this game or are the best hitter of all time. If the latter were the case I would love to pick your brain for a while. Remember it is a MARATHON.

As of right now, it looks like it's off to Fort Wayne for me. So if any of you know of some good places to live or eat or hangout don't be shy. Write in and let me know or just write in to let me know what's on your mind as the Padres kick off this season. I'm full of stories and other random thoughts, but they don't always jump out when I sit down to write this article. So, if I am going to be doing this every week I may need a little jogging of the mind so that I don't bore you guys to tears every Thursday.

By the way, for all those who care, we had a tie for the fastest man in our organization. Donovan and Turner turned in the fastest time this spring with yours truly sliding into the top five. It seems that this tie will not be settled this year due to a failure to meet both party's demands. I guess we have to wait till next year.

Good luck with those fantasy drafts everybody.

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