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  




  1. jrocke217


    thanks for the updates, really do appreciate hearing from the players on their journey on a day-to-day (or weekly) basis through camp.


  2. redbirdchatter

    Thanks for taking the time to post! Always great to get a player’s perspective. The Cardinals do have the best farm system out there. So much great talent!
    I was riveted to the WBC. It proved once again that nothing can beat great pitching backed up by great defense.
    Good luck on your next outing!

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