Costanzo: An Unbelievable Thanksgiving

Mike Costanzo took time away from his off-season workout regimen to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. In this edition of his on-line journal, Costanzo talks about how his off-season is going and answers reader's e-mail.

First, I want to thank everybody who offered condolences on the death of my best friend Dominic. It's nice to know that fans care about more than just what happens on the field.

In all honesty, there hasn't been much going on. I'm continuing my workouts with my personal trainer and continue to get ready for the season. I still haven't found out whether I'll be starting in the minor league camp or heading for the major league camp. If I'm sent to the big league camp I'll be headed to Clearwater in late-January, but won't have to be down there until mid-February if I start out in the minor league camp. Either way, I'm just getting anxious to start playing again.

I talked to Greg Golson the other day. Basically, we just checked in to wish each other a Happy Thanksgiving. This will be a big season for both of us.

Thanksgiving here was great. My Aunt put together a great meal and it was unbelievable. We all had a great time. Now, I'm looking forward to Christmas. We celebrate with an Italian tradition called the Feast of Seven Fish. Basically, you eat seven fish and spend some quality time with the family. We'll be at my Grandmother's for that and I can't wait. That's always been a favorite of mine.

One of the e-mails asked me if my life has changed much since I signed my contract. Basically, I think that I'm the same person. It's nice to have money to buy things, but I'm not the kind to go nuts with things like that. Believe me, I know how lucky I am to be able to live out a dream and that's what I keep focused on. The material things are nice, but there is a lot more to this than just those things.

Remember, you can send me an e-mail and I'll try to answer them. I look forward to hearing from you and am enjoying keeping everybody up on what's going on with my career. Thanks for being interested.

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