Late in spring training I started to swing the bat really well and it's continued here early on. I feel really comfortable at the plate and am just trying to produce as much as possible. Defensively, they've had me at first base and things are going well for me there. It's all just a matter of getting ready either for Batavia or possibly to be added to a full-season roster sometime before then.
Being in extended spring training, you never quite know what's going to happen. My roommate, Greg Isaacson, was called up to Clearwater just the other day. We were hanging out at home and he got a call about 10 o'clock at night telling him to get ready to join Clearwater. Of course, he didn't have to travel far since we're right here, so that made it easier for him. It just proves the point though that you have to stay ready because you never know when you're going to get that call. It happened for Greg and for a couple other guys, too. You never know. Basically, you don't generally get much warning from what I've seen. The phone just rings and you're headed somewhere else. It's not too frustrating, because all you can do is focus on what you're doing and try to show them that you're ready. If they want you to stay in extended camp, then that's where you're going to be and if there's another opportunity for you, then that's how it will play out.
I had to laugh, because my Mom sent me an e-mail through the website the other day. She told me how proud she was of me and that I was her inspiration. Mom, believe me, you're the one who has inspired me! I'm very close to my parents and talk to them just about every other day. My Dad was able to visit me last summer and I'm hoping that they can see me again this summer. It's tough being away from home, but it gets a little easier. At first, it was really hard, but you fall into a routine and you realize that they're just a phone call away. It's not the same as being there, but you're working toward a dream and they realize that and you have to keep that in mind when it gets tough. The bottom line is that my parents have been really supportive and I couldn't have asked for more from them.
If you have any questions or comments for me, you can pass them along through PhillyBaseballNews.com. I'll address any e-mails that I get in future columns. Hope you're enjoying reading about what's happening with my career and believe me, I look forward to meeting fans in Batavia or wherever I might be assigned eventually. E-mail Carl Galloway.