Today’s Clearwater Threshers game against the Brevard Manatees felt long overdue for me, so I can’t imagine how it felt for Austin Wright.
Austin was scheduled to start on Friday night in Lakeland against the Flying Tigers. Ross and I made the 70 minute trip over to Lakeland. We were early since there was little to no traffic coming through Tampa. We decided to stop at the Steak n Shake for dinner and it was lucky that we did. We barely sat down and it started to pour…and pour…and pour.
We took our time eating. We kept looking at the radar and we really expected it to move on and the rain to stop…but very strangely, this blob of rain just kept “feeding itself” and didn’t let up. After sitting almost an hour and a half we decided to head home, because at that point, even if the rain had stopped it would have taken and hour or two just to prep the field.
So Wright’s start was pushed back until Saturday, again against the Flying Tigers. Ross and I watched the radar intently and realized that there was no way for it to stay dry…and we were right. Wright’s game was again rained out.
So today we headed over to Brighthouse for Bark in the Park and were pleasantly surprised by getting to see Justin De Fratus pitch the first inning in a rehab assignment. This was great since we missed him last week, again because of rain. (See my blog post De Fratus, De Layed).
He pitched a strong inning, only gave up one hit.
Next up was Austin Wright.
Austin was really good. He struck out eight of the first ten batters and ten overall. (If you want specifics as well as Baseball Ross’ opinion of Wright, CLICK HERE )
It’s like he was able to not only recharge his batteries with the extra days off, but super-charge them. I agree with Ross, I think this kid’s going to be going places, and I think those places are up, up, up.
He also seems to be quite a happy guy, most every time I’ve seen him when he’s in the stands charting/running the radar gun, he’s got a smile on his face. With an attitude like that, you can’t help but root for the guy.