March 2009

One of those days…

First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting in a few weeks.  For some reason, the wireless internet in the hotel recently decided it wanted to end its relationship with my room.  And for the first time, I’ve gotten a chance to hop on the computer in the lobby because a lot of people seem to be having the same problem as me.  I would like to thank everyone who posted comments last blog.  And I would also like to thank those who have been patiently waiting for my next post. 

Well let me just tell you that spring training is in full swing and games have already started.  Everyday we get our routine work done in the mornings, and play games around 1 o clock.  The one thing that I’ve realized about this year in Spring Training is the amount of young talented players in the our organization.  It is amazing to see that the Cardinals have come along way over the past years in developing a talented farm system.  Everyday minor league players are given the opportunity to play in the big league games.  I myself got the opportunity to be a back-up pitcher in a big league game last week.  Although I did not get in, it’s good to see that the Cardinals are pushing the younger players to one day play at that level.

On the other hand, today was my second time that I have pitched in a game coming off of surgery last year, and it sure did feel like it.  Granted I did not pitch as well as I could have, I felt like it was just one of those days where every ball had eyes.  Those days when you throw that 0-2 slider at the batters shoelaces and it seems to just calmly fall out of reach from the second baseman.  Truthfully, I’ve been away from the game for such a long period of time, I totally forgot what it was like to have a team hand it to me like the Marlins did today.  But on the bright side, at least I can say I got my work in on backing up  But the thing that I’ve realized over my pitching career is that when today is over, there is always tomorrow.  And I know everyone can relate to these type of days.

Anyways, I don’t know if anyone had a chance to watch the World Baseball Classic, but I was just in awe of how good Japan was.  Some of the pitchers, actually all of the pitchers on that team, are just brutally filthy.  And it will be interesting to see how many players from that team come to play in the US.

By the way, I don’t know how many people have filled out NCAA basketball brackets, but I’m sorry if you had Clemson going past the first round.  They disappointed me as well.  Personally, I think Pitt is going to win it all.  If not, hopefully the Tar Heels will pull it off.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read my post.  I know it may not be the best of blogs, but I’ll keep trying to get better.  Thanks again. -Kopper  



A New Beginning

 The start of every baseball season presents a chance for a new beginning.  Today, March 10th 2009, was the start of the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Spring Training, and the chance for every player to begin the season with a fresh start.  This is officially my first ever blog.  I was asked to do this blog a couple weeks ago and agreed because I’m always up to try new things.  So for those of you who are expert bloggers, bare with me, and for those just starting as well, good luck.  Unlike a diary, writing a blog is a little more difficult for me because it will be viewed by the public.  So I please ask that everyone respect my ideas and thoughts, as I will do with yours.

So here I am, sitting in the hotel, along with the other 150 pitchers that reported today, probably watching the same thing, ESPN.  I decided I would write a few thoughts about today.

  Obviously by now, everyone knows what the first day of camp brings.  Physicals.  So besides being pricked with 3 needles (because the lady missed twice…only me) everything went as planned.  And I am happy to say that my new beginning to the season kicks off with a heathly start.  So after all physicals are over, our Minor League Coordinator does the duty of reading the “Rules and Regulations.”  Now let me tell you…out of all the “Rules and Regulations” that are stated every year….there is only one rule that bothers me.  That one simple rule that all minor leaguers MUST wear their pant legs up.  I know that it is policy and no disrespect to the Cardinals, but I wish we could find a way to tweak that rule a little bit.  So after all of us soaked in the policy rules we then split up in groups and went our separate ways.  And after a hard and long days work, we all meet up again in the long-awaited lunch room.  This is officially the end of the first day of camp.

I just want to thank everyone for spending your time to read my blog.  I will be writing again soon with different topics and ideas, and hope to get some feedback.  Thanks again.