April 2009

Some Great Fans

We are currently on a 7 day road trip.  Last night we played the first game of a 3 game series against the Columbus Clippers.  Huntington Park where the Clippers play is a beautiful stadium and is brand new.  The weather was very cold and rainy but we were able to get the game in after a quick 15 minute rain delay.  I was playing left field and the left field bleachers were filled with some great fans.  They were all over me from the first pitch to the last pitch of the game.  I was having a great time listening to some of the stuff they were coming up with.  They must have really enjoyed saying my last name because they were screaming it the entire game.  The entire outfield bleachers were spelling out my name and chanting it throughout the game.  Anytime I would glance back at them and give them a smile it was like throwing gas on a fire and they would go crazy.  There was a fan even giving me advice for names and headings for my blog.  It was great and a lot of fun.  I think I am playing first base tonight so whoever is out in left tonight may have to concentrate a little bit harder.  They were great baseball fans and never cross the line, however they did get in my head and had me thinking about them more than the game at times.  I threw a couple balls into the stands to show my appreciation to them.  It is always fun interacting with the fans and you never know what you’re going to hear coming out of the stands.  It was an exciting game with several lead changes and the Bats come out on top 7-6.   

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims involved in the Nick Adenhart car accident.  Jon Wilhite was a passenger in the car that was hit and was the only survivor.  Jon was a teammate of mine for three years at Cal State Fullerton.  He was one of the most liked guys on the team and one of the best teammates I have ever had.  He is in stable condition and I pray he gets through this difficult time.  It is a terrible tragedy that makes you appreciate your friends and family even more.  My heart goes out to those involved in this tragic time.