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.

 

14 Comments

I like this idea, giving all of us old washed up ball players an oportunity to see what it is like growing up in the minors. I will be checking up to see what else you have to say.

As far as the pants go. I really do not like that “rule” either. The only nice thing that results from it is players will not be allowed to wear their ball pants like Manny does…Granted, if you make about 30 million a year I guess you can do what you want, but come on it does look pretty sloppy and “bush-league.”
-William STL

Oh, man! I live about an hour away from the Cardinals AA team, the Springfield Cardinals in Missouri. I LOVE the pants up thing…

Sorry, Dave…but it just works for us.

Any thoughts on where you’ll spend this season (level-wise)?

Thanks for blogging…for reference, mine is at http://www.cardsnstuff.wordpress.com – not to pimp the site, but as a glimpse for a rookie blogger.

Hey, thanks for starting this blog. I’m sure it will be closely watched by lots of ardent Cardiinal fans across the country. Keep up the good work.

Rabid in NJ

Welcome, David…and good luck in Spring Training! I, for one, like the pants legs up. The stirrups have a classy, throw-back look to them. But I’m old school.

Chris

http://bird-brained.mlblogs.com

Good luck on this new endeavor, I’m sure you’ll do fine. I love reading blogs from the players, rather than journalists or random wannabes. Work hard and have fun in camp.

Ha ha not everyone is a pants up guy…glad to see that your blogging. Hope to see in springfield soon. I see a buddy of mine has already promo’d his blog…Good luck thro out the season will be checkin in on your blog.

Hey,
Thanks for the blog. Best wishes to you in camp this year.

I know you think it is not cool to wear your pants with the socks exposed, but hey if you are a true student of baseball, dream of making it to the level of your heroes, and will give everything you have to make it there, I would not worry about how your pants look or your socks are exposed. Lou Brock, Stan the Man, and Albert just went out and played ball. It seemed to work out okay for them, pants up, socks exposed, and all. Almost like little league….right?

Good luck and keep the blog rolling.

How cool is it that we can hear what goes on in a real minor league camp from the pros themselves! Thank you for taking time out of your super busy schedule no doubt, to write for us! I will be following along for sure and I wish you the best of luck this season!

david, your blog is more real than most. thanks for sharing! its way better then all the e-harmony profiles i been readin all winter, sheesh! i miss my ford f150 too, big red was a great truck. just got a new big red, chevy silverado supercrew, in victory red. i’m a girl who works in construction, but the dealer asked “what are you going to do with it?” and i said “go to all the cardinals games, of course!” good luck on your endeavours. please keep yourself real and don’t get jaded by all the trappings of celebrity, surrounding your gift. you are a sweet kid. thoughts and prayers,
april

Welcome to the wonderful world of MLB blogs! Thanks for taking the time out to write. It’s fun to read a players perspective, rather than a media person.
Good luck in spring training. Work hard, and you’ll have long pants in no time!
-Kathy
http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

Unless there are more than one people going by the name “Kopper” on here (and no, I’m not one of them), then the title of the blog should be Kopper’s Kaos, with the apostrophe *before* the s.

kopper
St. Louis, MO

By the way, I agree with the others that said they like the “pants legs up” thing. In fact, I bet you’ll find most fans like it better, because you actually look like a true ballplayer that way, instead of just some guy with long pants on.

kopper
St. Louis, MO

Well DK,

sorry you dont like the pants down thing. Im military and there are a lot of rules i dont care for either. Its just part of the game we gotta play with the uniform regs. Personally I like the pants up with baseball because it keeps the tradition and makes you realize youre playing baseball not cricket. Anyway, I wish you the best of luck, I want to see you live your dream the way everyone should!

Todd

I just ran across your blog and just wanted to say thanks for taking the time and giving us a glimpse into a minor leaguer’s life. I have recently started a blog as well. If your interested check it out http://buschshouseofcards.blogspot.com . Good luck this year.

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