A word from D$ on dotting your “i’s” and crossing your “t’s” with significant others before heading to camp this year.
It has been too long and I am the only one to blame for that! I have been going a thousand miles an hour for the past two weeks and have been trying to squeeze in some time for our followers but to no avail (insert Boo’s and profanities here). I had planned to write about my trip to Mexico for my honeymoon, my ride down the coast and everything in between. Instead of boring you with all of my life’s details, I thought I would once again just sit in my favorite coffee joint, stare at the cursor until an idea struck me and then let the big dog eat! So away we go!
Over the last several months I have been coaching, preparing for the season upon us and spending time with friends, family, my hound and most importantly my wife. Let me tell you it was quite the whirlwind of an offseason but it is now time to strap on my work boots, throw my hard hat under my arm, grab my lunch pale and get to work. I just arrived in Tampa, FL a few days ago for early camp and already feel the excitement of the unknown, the competition in the air and the task at hand in front of me.
I know most of you are probably like what is this fool talking about? Spring Training isn’t until February or March depending on where you may be in your career, but there is a reason I sound mildly insane to most of you. Being from the beautiful, seasonal Northeast I don’t exactly have the best resources when it comes to my baseball career. Catchers, throwing partners and the baseball atmosphere are hard to come by, so every year of my career I have headed south in the month of January to get back in the swing of things! This is the best thing for my career; however it does not come without several sacrifices.
Being away from my wife Laura, who has been a source of stability, inspiration, and the person who said “go do what you love to do, I fully support you,” is gut wrenching. My dog Harley, who I believe is the model of a perfect dog, and a family that has supported me through everything never gets easier but these sacrifices are what is necessary to have the best shot at reaching my childhood dream!