June 2012

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

We had to get a “W” before I could talk to you guys again! It’s just too hard to write when we hit a rough patch. May was very good to us and June has been very bad, but it’s not over yet. It sounds dumb, but we need to finish strong. There is still a lot of baseball to be played. It’s usually the goal of most teams to hit the All-Star break with a winning record, or something close to it. The closer we are to that at the break, the better we will feel.

I have said it before many times: This is a marathon, not a sprint. Right now, I’m just glad we are done playing the American League and that we have some divisional opponents coming up. Playing well against the division is the best way to make up some ground quickly.

Guys are starting to swing the bats better. Heath Bell had a rough outing the other night, but we gave him the ball again last night and he got the job done. We have Boni (Emilio Bonifacio) coming back, and when you have a guy like that coming off the DL, it can be just as good as a trade. We are going to need him if we are going to make a run at this thing.

Don’t give up on us yet, there are a lot of games left. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Patience is essential

So, if you guys haven’t noticed, I’m not big on writing blogs when we are losing or going through tough stretches. One must remember never to get too high or too low; this is not basketball or football. You have to bring it every single day, that’s why this game is so hard. If you fail seven out of 10 times, chances are you will be in the Hall of Fame one day. Baseball is all about failure and how you react to it. In basketball, if you shoot 10 free throws and miss seven of them, you are very bad. That’s why it’s hard to compare baseball to any other sport.

So, we haven’t been playing consistently, and then we run into the American League East boys for a while. Wow, these guys are good. Tampa Bay and Boston can definitely play. I forgot about the American League for a little bit (haha), and certainly don’t miss seeing those guys all of the time. We just need to keep at it.

Great day off spending time with the family on the boat yesterday, and now it’s time for a weekend in Tampa.

Good luck to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals!

We must stay consistent

My message to the team has been to stay consistent. We can’t get too high and we can’t get too low, because the baseball gods will make you pay. This game has a way of kicking you in the butt really quickly. That would be the advice I give to all players that are being drafted this year: Stay humble and work very hard every day because you are getting paid to play baseball. Never take it for granted because there is always going to be someone ready to take your job.

We get Atlanta coming to town today for the first time. I’m always excited to see my buddy Greg Walker; he’s a hell of a hitting coach and an even better friend. After that we get some more Interleague Play. It doesn’t get any easier with Boston and the Rays, so let’s go!

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