It is hard to believe that we are already heading into week 3 of the Fall League – the saying “time flies when you’re having fun” is definitely true. We are 8 – 3 after two weeks. I have heard that winning is not the number one priority during the AFL, but I feel like our team is approaching each game the same way as the regular season and we are taking pride in being on top of the division. We had one rough game this past week – we took an 18-10 loss at home. But overall, it was a solid week and we are ready to get going in week 3. Additionally, I was excited to learn this weekend that I have been selected to play in the 3rd Arizona Fall League “Rising Stars” Game.
My time out here so far has only furthered my appreciation for the city of Scottsdale and the surrounding areas. I have already had the opportunity to spend a lot of time out here because the San Diego Padres Spring Training facility is in Peoria. It is a great place to be. I really enjoy all the different restaurant choices, the malls (Fashion Square and Kierland Commons) and all of the beautiful golf courses (although I have not had a whole lot of time to get out on the course). This city really has everything you need and the weather at this time of year is phenomenal.
In my last blog entry, I mentioned that one of my older brothers, Royce, played in the 2004 Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions. One addition to that impressive lineup that I left out is Dustin Pedroia (2B/BOS). He has definitely done a lot of good things since his time in the Fall League. My other older brother, Scott, played football and baseball at Rice University and both he and Royce have had a big impact not only on my career, but on my life in general. I have always looked up to them and I do not believe that I would be the person or player that I am today without their unconditional love and support. They definitely were not afraid to give me tough “brotherly love” at certain times when I was growing up and although it was sometimes hard, I am so glad they did it. We remain close today and I am lucky to have them in my life.
Well, I am now about to finish watching the Red Sox-Rays Game 7 and start getting ready for bed so that I can be fresh for tomorrow’s 12:35 p.m. game. As always, your comments are greatly appreciated and I will be back with another blog next week.