From the Bullpen: Matt Squires' On-Line Journal

Reading Phillies reliever Matt Squires has joined PhillyBaseballNews.com to bring us an inside view at what life in the minor leagues is like. Squires was drafted by the Phillies in the 19th round of the 2001 Draft out of Whitworth College. Squires pitched at High A Clearwater last season before moving along to AA Reading for the 2004 campaign.

For me, the season really started when the big league club played their exhibition games at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. I was lucky enough to be with the team and even luckier to pitch the ninth inning of the Sunday game. Because of the weather, there weren't many people left in the seats when I entered the game, but my outing went well. It was quite an experience just to be on a major league mound. You realize that this is what you're playing for and this is what it's all about. Somehow, it just felt right to be out there.

The experience really started when I walked into the clubhouse. Just that was amazing. The place is huge. You don't really know what to think. It's all decked out in Phillies red with staff to handle everything, including having a cook on hand. They've really done that place right and having the opportunity to be there even for just a weekend was great.

We haven't played a home game yet, but did get to at least see the clubhouse and the stadium at Reading. It looks like a really nice place and they've just installed a huge new scoreboard that will be great for the fans. The clubhouse guys are great and it's a nice field. I've heard wonderful things about playing in Reading and I'm looking forward to our first home game on Thursday. It looks like the only problem might be the weather. It's going to be a little chilly there for a while, but you can deal with that. It doesn't look like the pool in right field will be used for a while.

Being at AA makes me realize that I'm almost there. This is where you're at the point where one phone call that will get you to the majors could always come. You never know. At this level, you're treated a little more like professional ball players. The facilities are better and the atmosphere is better. The biggest difference in the hitters is that they're more patient. I've pitched in two games and have seen enough games already to realize that if you make a mistake at this level, hitters are much more likely to hit it out and make you pay for it.

I'm looking forward to passing along my thoughts on the season and giving you a bit of a behind the scenes look at life in AA baseball. If you have any questions or comments that you would like to pass along to me, send them to Phillies1964@verizon.net and the folks at PhillyBaseballNews.com will be sure that I get them. I'll do my best to answer questions in upcoming journal entries.

Matt Squires' Game Log

Opponent

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

W

L

ERA

SV

April 9 @ Akron

1.2

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

1

April 11 @ Akron

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

0

Season Totals

2.2

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0.00

1


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