Well, even though it has been a while since my last entry, we are still in first place, so that is a really good thing! We have a great team and we are playing well, but we are only 4½ in front of the Twins, so we need to grind it out the rest of the way. We play both teams a bunch down the stretch, so it should be an exciting playoff race. Hopefully, not too exciting! It would be nice if we can gain some ground these next few weeks, so that we put some more space between us.
I am flattered by the comments that all of you have left. Let me know if anyone has any questions. I don’t lead a very exciting life off the field, for the most part, so I never really have too much to blog about. Questions would be helpful!
One thing that I have been doing while I am not at the field is playing golf. Fishing and golf are my two favorite hobbies and I enjoy doing both as much as I can. One of the many benefits of being a starting pitcher is that you know your rotation spot. I have a pretty good routine in between starts. I get my work in before each game so that I continue to build and maintain strength this late in the season. I usually get to the park at about 1:30 p.m., so that leaves the mornings in between starts open to try to get better at a very frustrating game.
My handicap is coming down, but I have tortured myself by playing some very tough courses. I mentioned in my last entry that it is exciting for me to see different ballparks all over the country. It is equally as exciting to be able to play some nice courses in those areas. When we were in Atlanta, I got to play East Lake. It was unbelievable, perfectly manicured, and tough as could be. It is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the Top 100 Greatest Golf Courses. I am hoping to play all 100!