|A Blast from the past
||[Nov. 25th, 2004|09:58 pm]
Thursday, February 26, 2004
Already loving it
"Keep in mind, at the end of the day baseball is only a game," - Milton Bradley
Well today was interview and physical day for us position players. Of course, my name was first on the list for the interview session with Wedge and Shapiro, bright and early at 8 a.m. sharp. The meeting is standard criteria every year just so to let you know where you fit in the framework of the ballclub and all.
I've been here for a week already and I'm loving it. The weather has been awesome for the most part except for the showers the last couple of days, but seeing all your teammates back in uniform is the best part. That will put a smile on my face everytime. Wickman takes the cake though every year. As soon as he sees me he says," Hey there little buddy!" And with a grin only he can give, extends his hand to me for a handshake as sincere as can be, and then proceeds to rag me relentlessly in front of half the team to the point I just want to throw my hands up and say 'mercy.' I love every minute of it though because it's one of those moments you can only get being a part of this special TEAM. And I capitalize the word TEAM for good reason because these guys are like a second family to me. And you can't find a better staff to go along with them anywhere.
I've seen a lot of fans proposing what lineup they'd like to see in several different fan forums. And I'm sure they want some insight as to what they are going to see come April 5th. And I'm hear to tell you that you aren't going to get that information from me because I don't even know. All I know is I'm gonna hit and that's that.
There is a quote from Mya Angelou and I don't know it exactly, but it goes something like this: "Do things so well that people can't take their eyes off you. All tangible rewards will come as a result." When you do anything you should do it with your heart and soul or what's the point? That's what I believe. I think that is the mind set of a champion, a soldier, a warrior. I'm not comparing this game to war by any means, only the mind set, the focus and mental preparation it takes to succeed. When fans look up to athletes, keep in mind the true heroes: firefighters, paramedics, police officers, teachers, doctors, and parents who dedicate their lives each and everyday to making a difference in lives and in the world. Because keep in mind, at the end of the day, baseball is only a game.