|Pensacola Pelicans vs. El Paso Diablos 2007|
First off, I love baseball. I don't love it like a fan loves it, it is me. It has been my life since the age of five. I knew at that age I would be a professional baseball player. People think that it is ridiculous at the age of five that you would know what you want to be, but I lived the dream. Actually, it wasn't a dream, it was a belief. It consumed my every day being. I haven't gone one day in my life without thinking about the game. People have passions for all sorts of things in life, baseball just happens to be mine.
I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts called West Newbury. It is a town of about 4,000 people, nestled in the woods in the northeast part of the state. My friends and I would play backyard baseball almost every weekend we could. Everything we did as children involved the game whether it be from wiffle ball, a pick up game, card trading, video games, or watching baseball on TV. I'm not sure why it was that way, but all I know is that I was pretty lucky to have a group of friends that loved it just as much as I did. We played the game because it was fun.
I currently live in McKinney, TX where I am a baseball instructor at Frozen Ropes. I recently got back into instruction because I find it very rewarding and fulfilling. After retiring in 2007, I worked in the Oil and Gas industry as a Landman here in Texas as well as an Estimator/Project Manager for a commercial construction company. While these careers may sound all well and good, they did not fill the void that was left after retiring from baseball. I am at a point now where I want to do something that is fulfilling, rewarding, and on my terms. Baseball has always provided these qualities in my life, so now I am on the pursuit for them once more. I may not be able the throw the ball like I used to, but maybe I can shed some light on a player's perspective of the game.
|Photo courtesy of Stewart Smith Photography|
Portland Sea Dogs 2004
This blog is not intended to be about me, so I will keep this introduction brief. My intent is to deliver my opinion and analysis on issues in baseball and the state of the game today. I hope that you come to enjoy reading my blogs and maybe see a different side of the game you haven't seen or read before. I am not much of a statistical person, you will not see numbers on here that will make your head spin. But, I am also learning to be more open to that aspect of analysis. I will show you a more human side to the game based on my experiences with professional baseball. I hope all you enjoy what is to come. I welcome any feedback to postings (positive and negative), and any questions you may have. My first post will be up shortly. Thanks for stopping by.