Sorry it’s been awhile since my last post, but I’ll do my best to get you all caught up…
AFL Rising Stars Game: This game was an awesome experience for me. To be honest, I was 99.9% sure I wasn’t going to get an invite to this game. Batting around .150, my bags were all but packed to Vegas for the two days off. As bummed as I was that Sin City had to be put on hold, I was shocked/excited that I had been selected to participate in the game. Each team had loads of talent on their squad and for anyone who watched the game can back me up on that. It was a pitcher’s duel for most of the game. Now there are some extremely talented hitters in this league, but the pitching just took over the Rising Stars game. I can honestly say, (although two weeks later), I only remember two or three guys that came in the game throwing under 95 mph. Each bullpen was just shoving out power arm after power arm. The most impressive pitcher of the game came when Milwaukee Brewers stud, Jeremy Jeffress, hit 101 mph on the gun. Don’t know how many times I’ve seen triple digits flash up on the board, but I know it hasn’t been many. So, to see 101 mph was kind of cool, even got a little standing ovation. Not surprising because the crowd was responsive all night. Great group of genuine baseball fans came out to the game that night. And as luck would have it, I had to play third base in the game. Would have preferred to play 2nd base, but if the skip says third, then third it is. Fortunately, I made both plays that I was involved with and even got a double down the right field line during my only at-bat. And to top it all off, we won on a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 9th inning. Not only did the homerun give us the victory but it also gave our side a little extra spending cash, which put a smile on everyone’s face. Vegas would have been fun, just ask any 23 year old guy about that. But not a bad alternative way to spend my weekend if you ask me.
Peoria Javelinas: We’ve been on fire lately, probably the hottest team in the league if I had to guess. Our offense just hits constantly, almost always having one or two innings where we score multiple runs. Our pitching always does a great job of keeping us in it when were down, and puts us in a position to win each game, and you can’t ask for much more than those two things. Consistent pitching and a hot offense is a great recipe to win ball games and we’re a prime example of that. As of today, we clinched our division and will be facing off with the Scottsdale Scorpions on Saturday night in Scottsdale. Should be a great game.
Coming soon: “Baseball Gods, Jason. Jason, Baseball Gods” Part II
We finally have made it to the month of November. Never thought I would still be playing baseball in this month when the season started in April. I’m pretty sure I’ve played more games in this calendar year than any other two-year span combined. My body is worn down but I am still pushing through and trying to play as hard as I can.
To update, the offense hasn’t really picked up for me. I maintained good at bats for the most part, yet the ball still wasn’t falling. That doesn’t worry me too much. The only concern I’ll have is when I start giving away at-bats (See Oct. 30 @ Surprise). Wasn’t nearly as locked in that day and for anyone who was there could see that without the help of me saying it. A productive at-bat can occur a lot of ways. You can hit the ball hard, advance a runner, work the pitch count up, battle with two strikes; all of those are examples of productive at bats. Those are the type of at bats you can have and still be a positive influence and contributor to the lineup. No, the average still isn’t up or remotely where I want it to be, but as long as I continue to have productive at bats, then I’ll remain okay with not hitting for a high average.
Meanwhile, as much as I kill nearly every rally the Peoria Javelinas put together, the team has still been on a roll. We are now 10-6 and a half game back of first place. The offense has been solid for us and is coming together very nicely. All the hitters are getting along and feed off each other’s enthusiasm for the game. Although I am not playing everyday, the dugout can be a fun place to watch the game from. We enjoyed our Halloween weekend and are looking to pick back up our winning ways tonight @ Scottsdale.
Haven’t posted as much lately or as much as I’d like to, so hopefully I’ll try to pick it up here for the last couple weeks. No one really wants to hear about how I almost made it to first base today. So there’s still time left to gather myself together, refocus, and have a strong finish and possibly end this fall league experience on a high note. Till next time.