Jason Grabowski hit a home run off the foul pole this weekend in a 26-3 romp over the Angels. He also appeared on Extra Innings with Robert Buan after that game and proceeded to admit he was a stellar badminton player. Now, he's here in Athletics Nation to give his first person account of A's spring training thus far. I'd say that's a pretty active weekend, no?
Without further ado, here is Jason's spring training report:
Hi everyone. As most of you A's fans know, we haven't gotten off to a very good start so far in camp. But luckily these games don't count and everyone is just trying to get comfortable and back into playing shape. It will take some time, but I can tell you that the A's will have a very talented and competitive team this year. The way all the guys have been going about their business and getting their work in has been impressive. It seems like we have a very determined team.
For me camp has been going good. I have played in 3 of the 4 games and have hit the ball hard a few times. Got lucky the other day with the home run, as it hit the foul pole in right. I wasn't too happy to see Anaheim bring a lefty to face me but I got a good pitch and hit a line drive down the line. It curled right off of the outside part of the pole, which was the first time I have ever done that. Graham Koonce and I last year in Sac would try to hit the pole during batting practice, so when he told me it hit it, we were both laughing.
Not too many other things have been going on. It's still early in camp and with Frankie being hurt and not in the dugout, it is a little less interesting. Since games have started and the weather has gotten better, the sun has been draining. After games I will lift, then come home and eat dinner. I get so tired from the long days and the sun that I usually am asleep by 10 or 10:30. I know what you all are thinking. Wow what an exciting life. I apologize. There just isn't much to tell right now.
Oh and as for the radio show comment on badminton, I was trying to think of an old sport that we used to play in high school. I am actually a lot better at hopscotch!!! Really, I am. 2 time national champ and I placed 3rd at the world championships! Poland and Russia came in at 1-2. Talk to you soon.
There you have it. Spring training from an A's hopeful. Now I'm going to practice my hopscotch in the backyard as I'm heading to spring training on March 13th for three days. Grabber be warned, I'm wearing my hopping shoes.
Oh, and thanks for the report.