This will be my last blog of the year. I had a tremendous season dating back to middle February and can’t be more thankful to God for providing me with health the entire season. I would not be where I am without my Lord and Savior. Thank you to everyone who has followed my career be it from College, High School, Little League, etc. I had an absolute blast playing in the AFL this fall.
I have met some great individuals and plan on keeping in contact with them for years to come. There is so much talent in this league and to be invited and to be a part of this small group in comparison to the whole is a blessing. I am happy with the strides I made from day 1 in spring training to November 9 when I made my final start for the Peoria Javelinas.
Everyday I feel like I can carry what I learned from the previous day into the present. I look forward to the 2012 season hopefully in San Diego again to help the team get into the postseason for the first time since 2006. Until then I am going to recover by resting at my home in Trenton, Michigan. I am definitely in need of some time off to recharge the batteries for next season. Again, I can’t thank y’all enough for the continued support throughout my career.
-Anthony Bass, Pitcher, San Diego Padres
Welcome back everyone to my blog!
I’m sitting in my room watching one of the all time classic movies on Netflix, Revenge of the Nerds. I’ve never seen this movie so I decided I should probably join the rest of the world and view this movie at least one time. So far so good. I like the fact that the “Nerds” take so much ridicule and torment from the “Jocks” but yet are still unfazed by it. I would have snapped awhile ago in this movie. The nerds’ pranks are tremendous. “Liquid Heat” in the jock straps of the football players, awesome!
So Halloween is coming up in 5 days. We have a few great costume ideas in the clubhouse. I won’t disclose any names of players but I will say that we have Chris Angel, G.I. Joe, Starsky and Hutch, and LMFAO’s Sky Blu as potential top costume picks. I’m in the process of going to Goodwill or Salvation Army and picking out a top-notch yet inexpensive costume for Halloween. Last year I was Wolverine and the year before that I was the professional wrestler “Sting.” Let me know if you have any good costume ideas!
This is a photo from sophomore year back at Wayne State. Pretty embarrassing.
Now to baseball… I want to say we played just under .500 baseball last week and are 1-1 to start this week in the AFL. We are playing around .500 baseball right now on the season so if we want to head to the championship we need to pick it up a couple notches. Everyone is continually working at refining their baseball skills. Guys are showing up to the field early for early batting practice in the cage or throwing bullpens. It is a pleasure being apart of a team that strives for excellence. Like I said from my first post I think we have a strong shot at going to the championship. One game at a time.
In case you’re interested, my old school newspaper interviewed me for an article. You can read it here. Thanks South End!
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-Anthony Bass, Pitcher, San Diego Padres
Hello again cyberworld!
I’d like to immediately jump right into this week in baseball if you don’t mind. First off, I grew up a Detroit Tigers fan so to see them lose last night to the Texas Rangers was devastating but there’s more. I understand giving up runs is part of the game but as a pitching staff giving up 15 runs in a 9 inning game is not what the doctor ordered. I don’t know if the Tigers’ arms were just spent or the momentum of the big 3rd inning by Texas deflated the wind from their sails. Regardless, I was disappointed to see the Tigers fall to the Rangers.
On a positive note, I am happy to see former teammate of mine in San Diego, Mike Adams (Texas Rangers setup man) advance to the World Series. If this somehow gets to you Mikey, you deserve everything coming your way. Keep throwing that cutter.
Now let’s talk Arizona Fall League baseball. After going 1-4 in the first week of the AFL season I was happy to see the Javelinas pull it back together and go 5-1 in week 2. Like I said in my last blog, this team has the all the makings of a championship team. We’ll see how this coming week goes and stay in the process and not look too far ahead of ourselves.
Last night was a great night in Downtown Scottsdale. My agency, Beverly Hills Sports Council, threw a nice social gathering at the W off of Camelback Road. There were a lot of Arizona Fall League baseball players in attendance including about half of the Peoria Javelinas roster. I had the privilege to meet other AFL ball players and get to know a little personal background from a few of them. I also got to see players I played against coming up through the minor leagues. It was an absolute pleasure to reunite with some great people. I have come to know it that baseball is like a big fraternity. I know when we think of the word fraternity we start thinking negatively about the concept but in reality the baseball fraternity is unique. On the field we compete and perform to the best of our ability on that given day no matter what the outcome may be. At the end of the day, most of the players have grown up playing with/against one another or maybe just formed a friendship in professional baseball. You’ll see enemies on the playing surface meet up after a ballgame for dinner/lunch. This is one of the many of things I enjoy about playing this wonderful game.
It’s October 16th and we have about 5 weeks left of baseball before we all get to go home to our families and friends. Homemade dinners have never sounded so good. This has to be the longest I have played baseball in my entire life and I love every second of it. Thank you to all the fans out there for continually supporting not only myself but the rest of the baseball players grinding it out each and every day. God Bless!
–Anthony Bass, Pitcher, San Diego Padres
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
Hello everyone in cyberworld!
I am going to try to have fun with this blog but at the same time keep you up to date on the AFL action. My name is Anthony Bass. I am a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. I call Trenton, Michigan my hometown even though I was born in Dearborn, Michigan. I attend Wayne State University and am majoring in Business Finance, which I am in the process of completing my degree. I come from a fairly large family of 6. My parents are Ed and Linda. I have two older sisters (Beth Ann and Amy) and one younger brother (David). All of my siblings played sports growing up including basketball, baseball, softball, and football. Even though we are from the north (hockeytown) we have never played hockey. Weird. In my spare time, and yes we do have some time away from baseball, I enjoy fishing, golfing, playing my guitar, and watching movies. I enjoy playing alternative music on my guitar such as the Goo Goo Dolls, Snow Patrol, and Lifehouse. I have been playing for about 5 years now and I still consider myself an amateur by all means. My family and faith are my life. I am very blessed to be able to play a child’s game for a profession. At times it is easy to get caught up in negative talk but I try to stand back and consider the fact that I am one of very few in the world to be able to put on a baseball jersey and go out on a baseball field with 8 other teammates to play the greatest game alive and get paid for it. Wow!
I am looking forward to spending the next month and a half with some of the greatest baseball players in the world. I plan on picking their brains and learning as much as I can during the short period of time we have together. I am excited to continue to grow as a ball player and ready to take my game to all new heights with the help of my new/former teammates and the tremendous staff of the Peoria Javelinas. Let’s have some fun and can’t wait to see our fans at the ballpark. God Bless!
–Anthony Bass, Pitcher, San Diego Padres