Greetings from Arizona!
Hey, everybody. Chad Huffman here with the San Diego Padres/Peoria Saguros. Since this is my first blog entry, I want to first give you a little background information about myself. I grew up in Missouri City, TX – just outside of Houston. I attended Elkins High School where I played football and baseball. At Elkins, I was teammates with James Loney (first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers). We won back-to-back state championships in 2002 and 2003 as well as the mythical national championship in 2002. After high school, I attended Texas Christian University (TCU) on a football scholarship and played quarterback while also playing baseball.
All we have done is practice during our first week out here in Arizona. The practices have been pretty laid back, which is great for the players because it gives us an opportunity to get to know each other a little better before we start playing games on October 7th. It has been a lot of fun to see so many talented players on the same field. Our coaches are great – they are very approachable and seem very enthusiastic about coaching in the AFL.
One of my first memorable experiences in professional baseball involved our Fall League pitching coach, Wally Whitehurst. I remember walking up to him on the bus and saying, “Hey, I’m Chad Huffman.” He replied, “That’s great, now go sit down.” No hi, my name is Wally or anything – that was it! So I just sat down in my seat on the bus – which had no A/C, by the way – and thought to myself, “so this is what pro ball is all about.” I now actually think that story is pretty hilarious. Wally and I got to know each other pretty well during my time in Eugene, Oregon (Short-Season). Wally is a great coach, an even better guy and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with him during the AFL.
For all the readers out there, if you have questions about anything, just write me a message and I will be more than happy to answer them for you.