Spring Training Week 1 - Dakota Watts
by, 03-18-2012 at 07:36 PM (769 Views)
Well, as Week One winds down and games have now started, Spring Training is in full swing. From the fans that gather around the complex, to the roster moves, it is clear that Opening Day is now right around the corner. These next three weeks are going to be critical for a couple reasons, first and foremost, to make a team. With competition this high and talent levels up and down the system higher than ever, just getting a uniform to wear is a privilege. Next is to use these weeks to get dialed in and prepared for day one. We want to win and do well from the get go, and mentally and physically preparing everyday is key to success.
With games under way, from what I have seen the talent level of this spring training compared to past years, has increased. Everyone seems to be more focused and prepared, knowing that at any time guys will start losing jobs, a decision I would never want to make with so many good guys. That, I think, is the worst part of spring training, seeing good quality guys with good talent let go to make room for others. Baseball is a long season, and it is a crazy lifestyle not always meant for everyone. We as a team become very close over the course of a season (and seasons) with one another, and saying good bye to some guys is always tough. Reality kicks in a little when you see a close friend and teammate go.
Every day is a challenge to separate yourself. Personally, I am trying to continue with my offseason work habits this spring training and this season as well. Starting on the AAA work group this year, I got to meet some good free agents, a couple with big league time and got to hear some good stories. It is always good to hear about guys that have made it and their paths.
For me, this spring training I have got three innings of work, and I feel they have gone pretty well. Itís always tough trying to make a roster while preparing for the season. Developing pitches and working counts while still trying to compete and get outs is sometimes tricky, but itís the guys that get it done that stick around. These are all things to think about as a fan, walking around checking out different work groups and snapping occasional photos or grabbing a quick autograph. The guys they are watching are all competing for a job to get a shot to play a full season, to be able to strap it on for 147 games. It is definitely a commitment from day one but we love every minute of it.
I will try and keep you guys posted on the next week or so and how things are going. Thanks again for tuning in.