The Home Stretch

Saturday’s Rising Stars game was an incredible experience. I was pretty excited to be on the winning team, and it was great to see a packed house at the Surprise Stadium. Anybody who had the chance to check out the game on the MLB network probably noticed that all of the players and fans were pretty bundled up. The temperatures plummeted on Saturday and it was a chilly 50 degrees at game time. One of my favorite parts of the clubhouse during the game was the Starbucks coffee machine. It definitely helped keep me warm.


It felt good to go out there and face some of the best competition in the AFL. I threw the 8th inning and didn’t run into any problems. I was fortunate enough to have a 1-2-3 inning and not make my parents and girlfriend in the stands too nervous. It was also cool to know that a lot of our friends tuned in to watch the game and got to see me throw, some even saw me for the first time.

There are only 9 games left of the regular AFL season. I know that everyone is working to finish strong. With only a few more appearances, I am looking forward to a nice break and some time to think about all that I have learned this season.


~Brad Boxberger #35









  1. Steven B.

    Cool pictures!! That is awesome that your family could make it to see you… Good luck in the final stretch. Ps, I saw an article on that listed you as a potential sleeper closer this upcoming season for the Reds 🙂

  2. Ali Nerini

    Hey Brad congratulations on making the Rising Star team! I’m glad that you didn’t run into any problems and had a successful 1-2-3 inning in the game.
    I know this might be an odd question, but I was wondering if there is anyway that I can interview you for a documentary that I am filming about the Arizona Fall League. I am a film student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and am doing this for a class. I have been reading your blogs and enjoy the insights that you give about the league, but would like to get this on video. Please let me know if this interview is possibility within this week (before Nov. 11th). If you would like more information about this, you can e-mail me at
    Thanks and good luck on the home stretch!

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