Well, a lot has happened since I last wrote. I’ve gotten my first few saves in the big leagues, which is VERY exciting. I’ve enjoyed the late-inning role, and whether I’m closing or not, I hope I can continue to help our team in tight situations near the end of games. I feel like our team still has a lot of confidence in me, even though it’s been something like 12 outings since I’ve had a 1-2-3 inning.
I’ve been on a trend of walking nearly one batter per outing, dating back about 14 outings…which is NOT very exciting. I guess it's just another one of those minor obstacles along the way, and I'm working to correct it while still refining my delivery.
We’re in Detroit to open up a 3-game series tonight against the Tigers. Comerica is my favorite stadium that I’ve been to so far, as far as aesthetics. I love the tigers on top of the scoreboard (brought over from the old Tiger Stadium). I like the ivy for the hitting background, the fountains above the ivy, the statues of the all-time-great Tigers, and the well-lit infield. I just think it’s really pretty, and has everything a ballplayer would like in a ballpark.
I want to say "thank you" to all the fans that supported me when I had the streak going, when it ended, and even to this very day. You all have been awesome, and I really appreciate it. I can’t tell you how bittersweet it was to get a standing ovation after I gave up a run in the 9th inning of a tie game. But when I got the ovation last week when the A’s celebrated the records, I was extremely grateful. Even though this has been a tough 2nd half for our team, we greatly appreciate the continued and loyal support and encouragement you, as fans, bring to the field every night.
That was a fun night during the last homestand when the A’s celebrated the record with a brief ceremony and cheap tickets for the upper levels. I got to have my entire family in town (11 people besides myself) with which to share the moment. Uncle Tony and Aunt Adena, thank you for your help!! And the plaque the A’s gave me was VERY nice…it’ll make a nice addition to my small (but growing) memorabilia room at home.
2008 MLB Stats: 1-0, 6 SV, 0.54 ERA, 37 G, 49.2 IP, 31 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 22 K, 19 BB
2008 AAA Stats: 2-0, 8 SV, 0.37 ERA, 19 G, 24.1 IP, 15 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 20 K, 4 BB
Several of the players the A’s are counting on to be the core of the team a few years from now have been called up recently to get their feet wet and to try to help us win some games down the stretch. It’s a great time to come out and check out these new faces and see a possible glimpse of what the future holds. Enjoy these last few weeks! See ya at the ballpark!