Ok so I just
figured out how to put pictures up on the blog. I figured that this
one would be fitting for the day. It comes from my first tour with
Team USA in the summer of 2006. I took this picture specifically for
my Grandma Weathers. Also notice the mans awesome fanny pack.
Happy Cinco de
Mayo! I always tell people that I am Mexican and most of the time
people do not believe me. This would definitely make my Grandma
Weathers unhappy. The family tree breaks down like this. My
Grandma, who is Mexican, married my Grandpa Don, who is not. Then my
Dad married my Mom who is Italian-Irish. So my sister and I are Ľ
Mexican. Anyway, I would just like to take this opportunity to say
hello to the Weathers side of the family and a big thanks for all the
A few things to
staying on a strict throwing program. This week I am able to throw
from about 60 feet. I threw yesterday and it still feels pretty
good. I am pretty optimistic so far. Just keep getting my work in
and hopefully stay on track and I should be ready to go in no time
at all. At least it will seem like no time.
I got a
new roommate. His name is Will Harris. I should hate him because
he went to college at LSU. Turns out not every SEC opponent that I
had is a terrible person. I met Will in Asheville and we were
roommates in regular spring training this year. He was in Tulsa but
was having a little bit of elbow pain. He is back on track now, so
he came to extended so that he would be able face hitters and do the
things he needed to do.
interesting news to report from extended spring training. I threw a
baseball for the first time since my injury today!!! The trainers
and I have been talking about throwing for about a week now. I had
been a little hesitant to throw because I still had a little
stiffness in my elbow. At the same time I was excited about the
possibility. The last two weeks have been great. I am finally to a
point where I can feel my arm getting better day to day. So today I
played catch at about 45 feet. About five out of the first eight
throws went straight into the ground. It was really difficult to
find my release point at first. Then the rust started to shake off
and my arm actually felt pretty good. My problem has been pain at my
arms full extension, so I was very conscious not to baby my throws.
I wanted to throw as normal as I could. When I threw I really tried
to get my arm to full extension, that way I could push through any
mental barriers that I may have had that were protecting my arm.
Everything felt pretty good. I was really happy with the way that my
first day went. Its exciting to take this step in the right
direction. Hopefully the next time I throw will be even better.
formerly known as my roommate, Mike Marbry, is now officially no
longer my roommate. In extended this could be very happy news or
very sad news. Baseball is a business and sometimes there is just
not room for players in the organization. When this happens players
get released and are on their own to decide whether they want to
continue to try and play or move on with another profession.
Fortunately this is very happy news! Today Mike was told that he
would be reporting to Asheville to help out with the Tourist bullpen.
Seems funny that only two days after being exposed in an interview
on this very blog that he would be reporting to a full season team.
I would like to take all the credit in this occasion but I won’t.
Marbry has been throwing really well here in Tucson and on top of
that he had a very good year in Tri-Cities. Its time for the man to
go show what he can do. As long as he remember the life lessons that
I have instilled in him he should be carving in no time.
Spring started, I decided to move into the hotel. It is closer to
the field and we get breakfast and dinner here. Now, I am going to
take this opportunity to introduce everyone to my roommate. He is a
pitcher by the name of Mike Marbry and we were teammates in Asheville
in 07. I thought that we could do this in a question and answer
forms. All of the questions will be asked by me, and I know most of
What is your
What is your
Hill, NC. Home of the 2009 NCAA Basketball Champions.”
Where did you
play your college ball?
Did you do any
pitching in college?
I actually hadn’t pitched since middle school. For my Junior and
Senior I was
everyday shortstop. My first two years I was mostly a defensive
I started about 30 games in those 2 years”
So, take us
through your journey as a college shortstop to Rockies Extended
Spring Training Pitcher, and roommate of Casey Weathers.
was a senior free agent sign with the Braves in 06′. I played one
then I was released. After that I finished school, and I worked at a
baseball academy giving hitting lessons. I was fooling around
pitching one day off of the mound and the owner told me that he
thought I had the potential to pitch. Through a friend the
Asheville manager Joe Mikulik got to see me throw a bullpen. I
showed a low 90’s fastball and the makings of a slider and that
coupled with my raw ability I could turn into an asset for the
So you reported
straight to Asheville, where you met me. How was that experience?
big leagued me for the first week I was there. You didn’t say one
word to me.”
What? No way! I
was the nicest guy on the team.
but you must have been pretty shy or pretty busy to not talk to me
for a week.”
Well that just
sounds ridiculous. What made you want to room with me during
obvious answer. Anything else?
we are both converted position players, and you eventually spoke to
were in Asheville. So far you have been clean but we do have maids
that clean our room for us.
What is the most important thing you have learned from me?
have to throw hard to throw hard.”
A very good
piece of advice. Thank you very much for helping me with this blog.
problem. I have to spend time with you since we share a hotel room.”
I just want to write a post to send out thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and fans of Nick Adenhart as well as the other people who died last night. I did not know him personally,but minor league baseball is a small community. He was a part of USA baseball and I have played with some of his former teammates. I have only heard positive things said about the man. Baseball suffered a serious loss today, he will be missed.
First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone. Today always makes me think of my Grandpa McGhee. So, I would like to say hello to the entire McGhee side of my family. Spring Training has been going well so far. I do not do much during the day. I usually go in early, about 7:30 AM, to do my physical therapy. The day starts at 9:00 AM for everyone. I usually stretch with the team. After that my day consists of watching my teammates play catch, and most of the other activities they do. I do get to shag batting practice, and run though. Yesterday, I had to leave workouts to get a MRI for my arm. It was not a big deal, I am about a month behind schedule. I am also constantly reminded that there is no such thing as “behind schedule.” The MRI should let the trainers know what specifically is still holding me back. This way we can have a better plan of attack moving forward. I should get the results of the MRI tomorrow. I am excited about the results. I will be sure to pass that information along once i get it.