First of all, I want you to know what an honor it is to be part of the “rotation” now with TTFB. I am greatly looking forward to writing for TTFB and sharing my tour through the minor leagues with all of you. There is no definite outcome to this tour, but there is a final destination in mind. As much as I would like to sit here and tell you all that there will be predetermined stops along the way to the final destination, I cannot. This is going to be a tour where, on any given day, a path can change, turn around, speed up or even stop. Without a doubt, I will share as many details I can with you to make this tour as life-like as possible for everyone.
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Everyone is welcomed to read my bio to learn more about me, but for those of you who would rather read the Cliff Notes version, here you go: I was born and raised in Jenison, MI, and at the age of 17, graduated high school with an athletic scholarship to Central Michigan University. I then traveled north to CMU to play for four years (I collected my degree, too), and in the spring of 2009, I was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. In my third season with the D-Backs, I have played for four of our affiliates; currently, I am in South Bend, IN, playing for the Silverhawks (Midwest League). Beyond the field, and in the off season, I am a very active member in my community, and I play a large role in development of our future players. I run strength and speed clinics for athletes, I run baseball camps and I give baseball lessons to kids ages six to 21 in the Greater Grand Rapids area. It is very easy for me to get caught up in my work because I am a people person, and I find my true enjoyment from sharing with others and seeing them prosper.
This is the first time I am writing for a reason beyond personal growth (outside of school I suppose). I have a personal blog, where I tackle many of life’s little lessons and extrapolate deeper conversations within myself with others, but this is going to be a purely descriptive blog so everyone can take a walk in my shoes. There is no intention of sugar-coating the daily occurrences or exaggerating what this tour has to offer. What I go through is what you are going to go through. If you wouldn’t mind, please feel free to leave comments or concerns about the tour, as I am probably thinking along the same lines as many of you. Plus, it’s always nice to hear thoughts and feelings from others. Like I stated above, this tour is unpredictable and has the potential to take you on a mind-bending trip through the world of baseball. So, let’s batten down the hatches and go for a ride.
Until our next encounter …