Getting Ready For The Season!
Man, I feel like I’m so behind! At least we’re just playing Spring Training games, but still. Anyways, things have been going GREAT!! I love the way the team is playing right now and it’s sooo cool to see.
I was listening to the game the other day and the guys were talking about how the young guys don’t worry about “saving” for the regular season. Like some old guys worry about saving all their hits for the regular season, but the young guys are just full of it. They’re taking advantage of every situation they get.
Take Will Venable. He’s been on fire, as far as Spring Training fire goes. He’s got four hits so far, including a three-run homer, a double, and a triple. He’s scored four runs and driven in three. Pretty amazing stuff.
On Wednesday, we were split-squad: one game against the Indians and one against the Brewers. We won the Brewers game, 5-4, but we lost to the Indians, 10-5.
The Brewers game was really good. That’s the one where Will hit his three-runner. Logan Forsythe drove in two runs with a double.
Mat Latos threw three innings in that game and didn’t give up a run. Good sign.
In the other game, Wade LeBlanc threw three innings, allowing only one run on four hits. Aaron Poreda, though, didn’t even get an out as he allowed seven runs on three hits with three walks. Grady Sizemore hit a grand slam. Ugh.
On Thursday, we played the Cubs. Jon Garland started, but he struggled, giving up four runs in 1.2 innings. That’s okay, though. It’s early, and every pitcher is expected to have a bad outing here and there.
We did really well on the offensive side! We were down 8-0 going into the bottom of the 7th. We got one run in the bottom of the seventh, then we got three runs in each of the eighth and ninth. Isn’t that great? Of course, it’s kind of sad that we weren’t able to get just one more run, but that’s okay. We rallied back really well.
I’m soooo thrilled with this team right now, even if we’re like 2-6. I’m seeing things that really matter on this team. Defense, baserunning, determination, perseverance, agressiveness. The attitude around this team is completely different than anything I’ve felt from them before. I honestly don’t know what this team is going to do this season, but I can tell you this: things are different. There’s a buzz in the air. There’s a spark to this team that I’ve never seen before. And I think it’s going to be an amazing season.
Kouz hit a homer a few days ago. GO KOUZ!!
Brian Giles retired yesterday. It’s kind of weird. I mean, he was very good when he played for us and everything, but I think it definitely was time for him to retire.
We’re playing the Rangers in a few minutes. Clayton Richard is starting, so that will be cool.
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Brian Giles should probably have retired last year, but it good to see that players realize when it’s time it’s time…
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