Manly vs. Blue Sox

Posted: October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Former Met’s and curent Blue Sox’s pitcher Dae-Sung Koo facing Randy Johnson

 

After being told that I didn’t make the Blue Sox roster on Tuesday, could I have possibly asked for a better opportunity than a game against them?

The Blue Sox started Chirs Oxspring, who pitched in the Major Leagues and played for the Nashville Sounds on his way (so I probably got him to sign a few baseball cards back in the day). After our lead-off hitter hit a ground ball on the first pitch, I came up to bat. First pitch was a fast ball down in the zone, strike 1. Second pitch looked great! Out of the hand, I’m thinking, “I’m going to crush this,” I swing, and all of a sudden I realize it is a change-up. I’m not even close to touching it. Down no balls to two strikes, I go into battle mode. Oxspring winds up and delivers. Another change-up. This time, I recognize it a little better, get the barrel on the ball and hit a triple down the right field line. Not quite the big leagues, but it still felt pretty good.

We ended up fighting our way to a 2-2 tie (they big-leagued us and stopped the game when they ran out of pitching). They started a line-up full of current and ex-professional players, including Chris Oxspring and Dae-Sung Koo, who is featured in the above video. We came out swinging and played a good game. Our two pitchers, who will be pitching for the Blue Sox when their season officially starts, pitched a combined eight innings, giving up only two runs. We have a few current and ex-professionals on our roster too but really, everyone down the line-up hit the ball well and we put a lot of pressure on their defense and pitching staff throughout the game. Personally, I had three hits in five at-bats. I drove in our second run, just barely getting a ball over the second baseman’s glove. I played third base and made some really nice plays defensively. While we obviously hoped to take the win, it was a good battle and all of us were happy with the way we competed.

While I will not be starting the season on the Blue Sox roster, I think yesterday was a step in the right direction. I was able to show their coaching staff what I can do and that I can help them win games down the line. Since I still don’t have much control over what happens there, I’m just going to continue to focus on my club games and keep swinging the stick!

In life outside of baseball, I finally found an apartment to live in for at least a few months. It’s a five minute walk to the beach, the gym, and the grocery store. What more could I ask for? I’m not sure if I’m going to keep at my “construction” job. I don’t really have any responsibility so it’s pretty boring. I’m going to look into interning with a performance psychologist and a few other different things that are more interesting to me.

It’s homecoming for Columbia today, so all my friends from college are back up in New York having a good time together. Days like today make me miss being back in the US. Instead of partying with all those guys, I will be participating in my first “Bowls Day.” All the guys from my club team are heading out to the park to drink beer and lawn bowl. Not quite homecoming, but I’m excited!

Our next game is Wednesday. We will continue getting after it and keep playing good baseball!

Until next time.

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