Spring Training So Far

Here we are, Spring Training is in full swing. Ahh, my favorite time of year. BaseballRoss and I started coming here for Spring Training years ago

and loved it so much we moved here.

From the time that pitchers and catchers report to the days where the MiLB players fill the Carpenter Complex and there’s four or more games going at once. THIS is what we live for.

So, today, just as the MiLB players arrive, I thought I’d stop and recount a few of my favorite moments so far:

Adam Morgan Pitches in the Intra-Squad Game
Adam Morgan Pitches in the Intra-Squad Game

1. Watching Adam Morgan pitch in the intra-squad game. It’s no secret I like Adam. He’s a great guy who took time in the off season to answer a questionnaire for my little blog. (You can read it HERE)

Adam took the mound and pitched against experienced MLB players and acted as if he had been pitching against them for years. It always makes me smile to see a guy who was in Clearwater last summer making a big impression.

Chase Utley
Chase Utley

2. Watching Chase Utley run. It doesn’t seem like it should be something that stands out. I watched Chase run in base running drills and was blown away. Not only did he not seem to have any pain, he was running better than a LOT of the younger guys. He had great speed and looks in better shape than I think I’ve ever seen him. It was simply amazing and wonderful that he seems to be at his best.

Cody Asche at Third During the Intra-Squad Game
Cody Asche at Third During the Intra-Squad Game

3. Watching Cody Asche play. Cody is another player who started last season in Clearwater and to see him invited to the MLB camp and playing well is great to see.

Jimmy Rollins
Jimmy Rollins

4. FINALLY getting Jimmy Rollins’ autograph. I’ve been seriously collecting autographs for six years. Until this year I NEVER got Jimmy’s. It’s been killing me. Two days, I missed him by only one or two people. Then the day came and he stopped (after I had told him about trying for six years) and signed my ball, slowly and deliberately. It’s one of the BEST autographs I’ve ever gotten and I cherish it.

Cole Hamels
Cole Hamels

5. Cole Hamels’ pitching. He’s earned the big contract and the honor of being the opening day pitcher. He’s pitching well and I can’t wait for opening day.


Smashed and Trashed
Smashed and Trashed

During the opening game, the Astros were taking batting practice and someone nailed a ball that sailed out over the Tiki Bar and landed with a CRASH, right on someone’s windshield. Hope they have insurance!

Tomorrow the Phils play the Blue Jays and I’ll be there, though I may freeze as it is expected to be one of the coldest days of the year (though it looks like the earlier forecast of SNOW won’t happen.) They are also calling for drizzle so it may be a miserable day to watch in the stands.

Baseball Betsy’s Six Quick Questions with Adam Morgan

Adam Morgan

Over the summer I had the privilege of getting to know a few of the players for the Clearwater Threshers. One if them, Adam Morgan, began the season in Clearwater and was promoted to Reading.

Adam is a really great guy and was kind enough to take time to answer my Six Quick Questions:

1. Who was your baseball idol growing up?

Well growing up a braves fan it was hard not to enjoy watching the three stud pitchers atlanta had,Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux. Glavine was who I watched all the time. Just cause he was left handed. (haha)

2. Do you have any special sports memorabilia?

I got to meet Glavine at a local high school and got him to sign a ball. I also had a Tony Gwynn autographed baseball but the dog got ahold of it.

3. If you weren’t playing baseball, what would you want to do?

Well I was going to school majoring in criminal justice hoping to become a private investigator. If that didn’t work out, I was planning on going to fire fighting school to become a fire fighter. Basically, I wanted to be outside. Didn’t want to be stuck in a cubicle.

4. What was your favorite moment of the 2012 season?

My favorite moment had to be almost throwing a perfect game in Jupiter…almost is the key word, still have a bitter taste in my mouth after that one. Also getting called up to double A was awesome.

5. What are your plans for the off season?

My plans for the offseason are obviously lifting and staying in shape, but when I’m not doing that ill be spending most of my time in the woods. Deer season started in September so I spend majority of my weekends in South Georgia.

6. What are you most looking forward to next spring? I look forward to playing again! Coming into spring training in great shape and doing what I’m capable of doing will hopefully point me in the right direction to having a successful 2013!

I want to close by thanking Adam for taking the time to help me with my blog, I greatly appreciate it!


Thanksgiving Feast

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up for my special article coming for THANKSGIVING! I will be posting an interview with the Phillies Up and Coming Pitcher, ADAM MORGAN!

Adam is a great guy that I got to know a little bit when he began his season in Clearwater. By the end of the season, he had been promoted to Reading. He was kind enough to take the time to answer my questions and I will post them on Thanksgiving for you to feast upon!

Adam Morgan