Hey everyone its finally that time of the year again when spring training is here and everyone starts that long grind again. The first work outs for most teams started over the weekend. Im really excited about this year since I live here and I’m going to go to a lot of spring training games. I’m working on working for a team for spring training and beyond.
Once I moved out to Scottsdale I had no idea where I was going to live I just had a few apartments that I had checked out online. The first place I checked out is about 3-4 minutes from Salt River Fields the (Dbacks and Rockies spring training complex). I wanted to be close to the complex because I knew I would be doing work for the Dbacks and also had good connections with the team. So I end ed upgetting the place right by the complex and I love it here.
The first few weeks were terrifying because I didn’t know a lot of people and I had no work exactly lined up. I had money in the bank that I had saved up from my job I had before I moved so I knew I had some time to get situated. With all of this being new to me I went out for the first few weeks to check things out and see where everything was. Ive been here just over 6 months now and I’ve met so many people and have done so many amazing things with baseball.
I first started working with the Dbacks Scout team with Rodney Davis and I met a lot of great coaches. It was a great experience to meet these great coaches that had ties all through out baseball and thats the name of the game. I helped the scout team for the summer catching bullpens/throwing BP and coaching one of the teams.
One of the coaches from the scout team teaches a bunch of pre school kids baseball twice a week and asked me if I would help him out. At first I really didn’t want to because I was thinking man this is going to be so boring and having the kids not knowing what they were doing. But after the first week or so I was stoked looking forward to going and helping teach these young kids the best sport. I enjoy it a lot because these kids have so much energy and I love helping people get better.
During one of the practices I met a guy who was the baseball operations for the Arizona Fall League and I told him what I was trying to do. One day he called me and told me the Salt River Rafters needed a bullpen catcher/BP pitcher for a few practices before the season started. I had a great experience with that and met a lot of great players who will be in the big leagues this year or next at some point. About 6 weeks later I got a call from the same guy and he said the Scottsdale Scorpions team needed a bullpen catcher for the last week of the season because they were down a catcher. For the last week of the reason I really got my first experience of what its like to be around a professional baseball team during games. It was amazing being around the stadium everyday and it was the first time I ever got asked to sign an autograph. I was shocked when people started asking me and I only signed for some young kid.
After the Arizona Fall League was over I got a call from the Dbacks asking me to catch bullpens for the guys they had rehabbing. I was catching bullpens with minor league and big league guys 2 days a week and that all came about from some people I know with the team.
After that ended right around thanksgiving I did nothing with baseball till about the second week of January. I got a call from a guy from the Angels that I was told to give a call and see if he could help me out at all. A week later he called me and told me he had a job for me to help the Angels pitchers who were rehabbing and getting ready for spring training. An hour later a guy from the Rockies called me offering me a job doing the exact same thing and unfortunately it was the same days and same time as the Angels. I had to decline the Rockies since I had already told the Angels I would work for them.
I’m still working for the Angels and it was has been by far the best experience I have had out here so far with baseball. All the coaches/players/front office people I have met have all been super nice and its a great organization to be working with. Everyday I show up change at my locker into my Angels gear go out to the field then stretch, play catch then go catch a few bullpens. My last day with the Angels will be March 2nd right before spring training starts for the minor leaguers.
I currently don’t have anything lined up for spring training or after but I know something will work out for me because something has every time I get done working with some team. And everything happens for a reason and when one door closes another one will open up for me. After all this its just another foot in the door and more people knowing who I am and what I’m trying to do. All of the hard work will pay off eventually and I can’t wait till it does.
Its funny how when you have nothing going all of a sudden I get two teams calling me the same day an hour apart offering me a job. Thats why I know something will come up for a job after I’m done with the Angels.
Since Ive moved out here I’ve had some of the best experiences and the best decision of my life. Its the happiest I have ever been even tho I miss all of my friends and family everyday. But they aren’t that far from AZ and I will be seeing a lot of them soon for spring training.
When I moved out here I started hanging out with a family friend and his wife who are part owners of the Dbacks. Jim is a baseball junky like me so we went to pretty much every Dbacks home game. I was at the game the night the Dbacks clinched the division and that was a crazy time because I got to go on the field and in the club house to celebrate with the team. That was an experience I will never forget and its something millions of people will never be able to see first hand. But I’m very fortunate for the things I have done and have been able to do since moving out here and I never take it for granted.
For now thats about it and the next chapter I will write will probably be once I get my new job with a new team. I look forward to what will happen next for me and I’m excited to share the experience with everyone who reads my blog. If you come out to spring training in AZ let me know and maybe we can go to a game together.
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