25
MAY
2011

Throwing Strikes in Extended

My lovely wife, and camera woman, came to visit me this past week while I weathered my sentence in extended spring training. Extended, as we in the biz call it, is not exactly the most fun place in the baseball world. For starters, it’s the bottom rung of the professional...
16
MAY
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #35. There is Always a Window

We’ve all been there: the sky is gray and lumpy, rain is coming down in buckets, the countryside is speckled with standing puddles. It’s been non-stop precipitation all day, and if you were a betting man you’d put your chips on a weather assisted off day. As you watch the parking...
13
MAY
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #7. Ritual VS Routine

Everyone gets ready for a game differently. Everyone’s body has different demands, be it heat and stretching, or Red Bull and Advil. Learning what your body needs to perform at it’s best is an integral part of the professional sports craft, and after years of playing you too...
06
MAY
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #3. Understanding Your Teammates

Most hitters would say all pitchers are moody, primadonna’s with psychological defects. Most pitchers would say position players are type A jar-heads who only worry about what they can club. As crazy as it sounds, both diagnoses are true, at least to a degree. Every player goes...
04
MAY
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #15. They Called Up THAT Guy?

At some point in your career, you will find yourself in front of a television showing a Big League game wherein someone you’ve played with, or against, is in the Bigs while you are not. You will see the back of his jersey as he winds up on the mound, or hear the announcer call...
02
MAY
2011

Minor League Survival Tip #40. Eating at a Gas Station

Why do you need to know about eating at a gas station? Because you’ll be eating there a lot. I mean, A LOT. When you’re a manager  burning down the interstate in route to the next town, hoping to grab some ZZZ’s before that double header against the Iron Pigs, or Stone Crabs, or...