Rockpile Rumblings Spring Training Day Two!

     It always seems to be the day while you are laying on a training table with electro E.K.G. wires hooked up to you, when you see a co worker that you haven’t seen since last instructional league or even since last spring. “Hey how are you?” “How’s the family?” “What have you been up to?” “You’re looking good” and the most common line for today was “how was your off season”? Yes today was physicals for the remaining minor league staff that are not involved in big league camp. Its the old ritual of blood samples, blood pressure check, orthopedic examine, a more thorough examination of the ears, eyes, throat and you get the picture. Our Athletic trainers and the doctors on board do an amazing job of running a vast number of people in and out with little confusion. Just pay attention to where they send you and poof, the physical is over. Oh and one thing to remember, no news is good news.
     After physicals we do get to eat breakfast which is much anticipated because the night before physicals you really don’t eat too late or as much. I recall one spring eating a huge steak and a couple of beers at around 9:30ish and that didn’t go over to well with the cholesterol check. Needless to say I had to retake my blood work and everything was good.
     Today we had an optional workout with some of the early arrivals. Pitchers and Catchers did their bullpen work and defensive work. The Outfielders and Infielders took fly balls and ground balls just to knock some rust off and get their feet wet. Batting practice followed each group of four hitters had five rounds of five swings. Conditioning followed and the day ended with lunch, we like to eat!!!
     If you are aware of the early arrivals. The players that come early are on their own dime. Meaning, they pay for room and food until their reporting date. It is a much different setting versus the past. I recall as a player, there were no early optional workouts for any players. If you came early, you could use the field but it was later in the day with no coach available to throw batting practice or hit fungos (fly balls/ground balls). We organize early optional work for all players and they do get a head start on the season. March 2nd is the reporting date for all Minor League Pitchers and Catchers. March 9th is the reporting date for the remainder of Position Players. First full squad workout is March 10th. First Minor League game is March 14th. So it is very important for these players to show up in shape and be ready to play. Any injury could be detrimental to making a full season team.
     Well that’s it for today. Take time to help someone today/Don’t take any day for granted!!!
May God Bless and Never Surrender!!!
-Joe Mikulik

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