So spring training has concluded and organizations are sending teams to their new home for the next 5 months or so. What a long spring it was! I can hardly remember the day we reported, nor my first bullpen session.
So how was my first “Big League” spring training?
Well, I learned a lot. A lot more than I thought I would. I met many new faces…. faces I only knew previously through sportscenter. I was fortunate enough to talk with some of the veterans about their routines and experiences. Making sure I didn’t overstep my boundaries, I was mostly seen and not heard. The front office, the staff and all the players made it a truly welcoming experience.
As far as on the field, we as a team didn’t win very much this spring. However, the spring doesn’t mean anything. It is a time to tune up your skills and get your body ready for the grind of the 162 (or 142) game season. Personally, I’d say that I held my own in the Cactus League. I made about 12 appearances through spring and exhibition games. Surprisingly, I pitched more than most in camp and managed to make it through the entire spring with the big league team until last thursday before I was called into the office and informed that I was going to start the season in Portland.
Currently, I’m in San Diego. The Padres played two exhibition games; home in San Diego and away at Anaheim. I was invited on the trip and pitched yesterday in Anaheim at Angels Stadium. I got a little taste of pitching in a big league stadium in front of 30,000 fans. It was pretty sweet to say the least.
So tomorrow I fly to Portland to get settled, then Thursday the Beavers play against the Grizzlies in Fresno. Time to start a whole new season!