#3–The Voyage of the Jetta
Hey, back again for another installment. At the moment our record stands at 4-10 and this week hasn’t been real kind to us as we’ve gone 0-3 and gotten outscored 44-5 including a 28-1 loss on Monday. Let’s just say it’s been more Roy Munson than Thurman Munson so far this week, but I’m sure we’ll pull it together and start playing better soon.
Thus far the Fall League experience has been pretty good. I’m living with Erik Stiller and Chuck Lofgren at Chuck’s house in Mesa. Chuck’s place is really nice and living with Erik (who I lived with in Hawaii last year as well) and Chuck (one of the biggest goofballs in the business) has been great and rarely dull, but there is the significant drawback of being about an hour away from our home field in Surprise. In an attempt to be a bit more eco-friendly we’ve been carpooling with Wes Hodges and Stephen Head, and I imagine we look rather comical with Erik (6’5″), Chuck (6’3″), Wes (6’3″) and Stephen (6’3″) and myself packing into a rather small vehicle. By the way, with those four monsters in tow, who do you think gets stuck in the back middle seat most of the time? (I am officially required to complain but it isn’t that bad). We’ve had the good fortune to have Chuck’s parents in town so the three of us have been getting some good home cooked meals which is always nice, especially since they tend to be few and far between during the year.
The on-field experience has been good as well. Obviously we would all prefer to have a better record and be performing a bit more consistently, but playing against this level of competition has been great at forcing me to make adjustments and be on my game. We also have a good group of guys on this team, which helps to keep morale up in the face of the scorching afternoon sun. I’ll be back with more updates and what passes for insight in the upcoming weeks. Catch you later.