I am currently sitting at our trainer’s house in Surprise, Arizona watching the Green Bay Packers take on the Atlanta Falcons. I’m a Detroit Lions fan so this game is irrelevant to me but I’ll be pulling for the Packers because of Charles Woodson (University of Michigan) and Greg Jennings (Western Michigan University). I root for the Michigan boys.
Well, the first week of baseball went smoothly. There were not too many players with injuries (knock on wood). Besides our poor start in the first week, this team looks like it has the makings to be a contender for the championship. There are definitely some characters on this team. I won’t name drop but we have everything from the silent assassin to the outgoing outspoken guy with some pretty fly dance moves and everyone in between. This group has all the makings for an enjoyable rest of the season.
One of my coaches stood out right away. Our pitching coach Ace Adams is one of the most entertaining people I’ve had the chance to be around. He has a plethora of advice for all the pitchers and at the same time keeps the mood loose. I look forward to picking his brain more and enjoying his off-the-wall humor. The mood in the clubhouse has been great regardless of our record. The team makes sure to be blasting the latest hip-hop/country/rock music on the speakers as soon as the team walks into the clubhouse. Card games are being played while the big MLB postseason games are on all three flat-screen televisions up on the ceiling. We like to keep the atmosphere light. Did I forget to say how spoiled we have been with this amazing weather in Arizona? I can get used to 80 degrees and sunny everyday. Well I’m going to leave it at that. This football game is going to be a good one and I have Aaron Rodgers on my fantasy football team so I need to pay attention to his progress. Thank you all for swinging by and listening to what I have to say. See you at the ballpark!
-Anthony Bass, pitcher, San Diego Padres