It's Thursday night and I am hanging out in my hotel room writing this in between games of Call of Duty on the PS3, which means that early spring workouts have officially started. I have been in Arizona since Friday and have taken part in the last three early camp workouts at the Surprise complex.
Crazily enough, it rained on Monday and as a result our workout was canceled, so my first day was a little anticlimactic. It was cool walking back into the clubhouse and seeing some friends and coaches and seeing my locker for the first time.
It's amazing how easy it is to expect the worst, or at least for things to go wrong. Maybe it's because I'm a non-drafted guy, but before getting to the clubhouse I wouldn't have been surprised if they had forgotten my locker or not given me a jersey.
But man, when you walk into the clubhouse for the first time and find your locker and see your jersey with your name on the back, it's a pretty amazing feeling. Now I know I have a long way to go, but in terms of experiences in my baseball career, seeing my name on a professional jersey ranks way up there.
Another perk of my first Spring Training is seeing all the major league guys for the first time. I'm not gonna lie, I was a little star struck the first time I saw Josh Hamilton. That guy is a monster and is even more impressive in real life than watching him on TV.
Being a minor leaguer means you are kind of at the mercy of the major leaguers' schedule so there is usually a little down period between conditioning and working out while the big guys are using the weight room. But this means I get to see first-hand the hard work they put in day in and day out to be at the level they are at, and it is pretty motivating.
The early workouts are a nice way to get adjusted to life in Surprise without being thrown directly into the fire that is Spring Training. The workouts usually last about 1 or 2 hours and consist of stretching and throwing, bullpens or pitcher's fielding practice (PFP's), conditioning, and then finally hitting the weight room.
The workouts are similar to what I would be doing if I were home, but it's nice to have the structure that the team provides and the professional coaches watching and providing some much-needed instruction to make sure we are as prepared as possible for the season. One downside is that they monitor the running, which makes it slightly more difficult than running by yourself.
But like I mentioned earlier, I can't complain. I'm trying to not take anything for granted and enjoy my first Spring Training.
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