The First Week…
You know most people want to look at numbers or gameday box scores and criticize you when one goes ofer, whether its 0-3, 0-4, 0-5, even 1-4. When you read box scores you dont know what happens. I lined out, flew out deep, had a diving play against me and I am 0-3 and everyone wants to make assumptions. To me here at the AFL it is not just about producing results. Yes, its great to hit 400 in this league or a high 300 but for me being here I need(ed) to work on one thing, to be as patient/aggressive as possible. For those who read these probably know every stat possible, they know that I got hit more than I walked this year. My patience at the plate was questioned because I only had a few walks. The thing that people need to realize, when you are a hitter, a good hitter, you have a certain confidence that you can hit anything. Thats where I ran into problems.
This fall I planned on coming here to prove I can walk, get my hits, but build up my OBP as a good 2 hitter would. Yes its only been a week, but I have only played 3 games and have 4 walks. For me that makes me ecstatic, I am getting on base for those behind me who are the run producers and I’m doing it by being patient. When you put your mind to something your determined to get better at I really feel like results will show.
The first week of this fall league showed a lot about our team and this league. Considering we have only played 5 games you can tell what its going to be like. Clutch hitting, good defense, and very good arms. The Scottsdale Scorpions are loaded with offensive weapons and I feel we have the best arms in the league. These guys throw hard, good movement, and have very good out pitches. The Giants guys are playing great, with Billy Sadler, Pat Misch, and Justin Hedrick dominating out of the pen. Freddy and Travis are playing well and just waiting to get back in that groove of playing everyday. By the end of this thing I feel you guys will see some great things from the Giants and have much to look forward to from the group thats here.
Drop me some questions and hopefully I can write another blog soon and give you all more updates.