November 2008

Final Entry

Hey fans.  This will be my last entry for the blog as I enter the off season.  First, I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed posting on this blog and informing fans about the AFL.  The Desert Dogs are returning to the championship game this Saturday for the 5th straight year.  We will be playing the Mesa Solar Sox at Scottsdale Stadium.  Hopefully the Dogs can win the title for the 5th straight time. 

This fall has been a great experience for everybody.  It is something that I will remember for the rest of my life.  I’ve made many new friends and have so many great memories of the past two months.  This team was full of characters, which made the time at the field everyday so much more enjoyable.  Having the ability to interact with players from different organizations is special and I feel that I’ve learned so much.  The coaching staff was amazing and really helped to elevate my game.

As much fun as I’ve had out here, I am ready for the off season to begin.  It has been an extremely long season and I can’t wait to allow my body to rest.  After the Fall League I will have thrown over 190 innings so it will be much needed.  I’m really looking forward to spending time with my friends and family back in Texas.  Unfortunately, I have to fly back to Ft. Myers, Florida to pick up my truck and then endure a grueling 20+ hour drive back to San Antonio by myself.  Luckily, I’ll get to stop in Pensacola to see my brother who is training to be a pilot in the Navy and one of my best friends from Notre Dame who now lives in Baton Rouge.  I just hope I make it home in time for Thanksgiving.

I would just like to thank everybody who has read my blog and posted comments.  Again, it was great getting to share my experiences in the AFL.  In addition, I would like to thank John Mayo of mlb.com for selecting me to represent the Twins for the blog.  Hopefully on Saturday the Desert Dogs will be champions again.      

Season Coming to an End

The end of the AFL season is rapidly approaching and the Dogs are making a very strong push to earn a spot in the championship game.  Currently, we possess a 17-12 record and still sit in first place within the National Division.  Tonight is a strange night because we actually have to make up the rest of last Friday’s game because the lights went out (I speculate sabotage because it was already a 4+ hour game and past 11 pm) along with a regularly scheduled game at 7 pm.  I have never seen anything like it in all the years that I have played baseball.  Right at the most important point in the game, the most unexpected event occured leaving everybody confused.  The make-up game will begin in the bottom of the 11th inning with Scottsdale runners on first and second and no outs.  Anthony Slama is getting the ball to close the game out so hopefully things go in our favor.  Kinda strange that the best we are playing for is a tie due to the fact that league rules don’t allow games to continue past the 11th inning to protect the pitching staffs.

As the season winds down, it is very evident that we are all breaking down both mentally and physically.  Although the much needed off season is on everybody’s mind, we all intend to finish as strong as possible.  Finishing as the AFL champions would be a great honor for everybody on our team.  I have never been involved with such a long season and have never thrown as many innings.  Currently I’ve thrown about 180 combined innings between the regular season, instructional league, and the AFL.  I have managed to stay healthy, which is a great confidence booster going into next season.

In all, the Twins representatives have played well.  We have all provided strong contributions to the Desert Dogs success thus far.  Each pitcher has thrown well.  Last night, Rob Delaney came in for the eigth inning against the Peoria Saguaros and earned a victory. The hitters continue to perform well at opportune times.  Danny Valencia boasts a solid 1.000 fielding percentage at third base and sits atop all fielders in the AFL.

That is about all that I have for this week.  I should have one more blog to complete before the season is over, and hopefully by that time we will know who will be playing for the AFL title.  Thanks for reading and take care.    

  

Week 4

Hey fans.  The Dogs have continued to play extremely well and now sit five games ahead in the National Division with a 15-10 record.  Can’t believe I’m still playing baseball in November.  I think the last time that happened was when I played select ball back in high school.  Nevertheless, my body has remained intact and I still feel like I can compete.  The AFL is over the halfway mark and our team looks better than ever.  The end is rapidly approaching, and now is the time that we really need to focus.  I feel that we have a legitimate shot at winning the title.

Today I had the chance to talk to Rick Knapp, our former pitching coordinator who recently took the job as the Detroit Tiger’s big league pitching coach.  It was great to have the opportunity to see him, especially after all that he has done for the four pitchers present in the AFL.  He is a great man for the job and deserves the positon.  Best of luck to Knappy in Detroit.

Next week I will try and write a little lengthier post with some updates of players.  Until then, thanks again for reading and take care.