Tagged: playoffs

It keeps getting hotter!


The first half gets under way tonight in Chayi against the Elephants. When I joined the team in late May we were a couple games out of first place. Once June came around we had a lot of injuries and went on a bad losing streak. I believe we only won 4-5 games in June. I’m glad that the season is split into halves. It gives our guys hope and a fresh start to go forward trying to win a championship.

This past week I went back into Taipei, this time with my “physio” athlete trainer Patrick Hung. Patrick is one of two athletic trainers on the team who take care of the entire team. I told “patty-cake”, as the foreigners call him, to show me parts of Taipei a normal tourist wouldn’t think to go. We started on the red line of the MRT and headed to Guandu. There was a magnificent temple there where many locals come to pray. I wanted to take video to show the act of worship here, but I did not because I didn’t want to be disrespectful to anyones privacy during worship. It was very interesting though. There are individual rooms and statues for different types of worship. People will burn incense and bow and pray to their respective statue for certain help. Fruits, food, and other perishable goods are brought to the temple to show thanks. They also burn faux money in a fireplace for prayer.

Our next stop was to a natural preserve which was a huge mangrove park. There were crabs everywhere. These crabs were special and had one large claw and one small one. We then headed to Danshui which was like a large daytime street market. The air was filled with fresh cooked food ranging from pork, chicken, and squid. Many kids roamed around the boardwalk and played carnival style games. Ice cream seemed to be the biggest seller there. Everyone had cones with multi-colored ice cream over a foot  tall.

We then jumped onto a ferry and boated over to Bali. We rented bikes and rode about 10 miles to Shihsanhang. There was an amazing museum there which gave a rich history of the area and architecture. There was a lot of artifacts from the aborigines, which helped cultivate the area we were in.

This past week the Monkeys as a team visited a temple to take part in a ceremony to wish us luck going forward with the season. I’m hoping for less rain. We were rained out for four days straight last week trying to get our final make up game in.

This weekend we had a three game series with the Elephants. They finished the first half playing extremely well and are looking to make a push in the second half as are we. In our first game Ken Ray threw a complete game, but was the tough luck loser as the Elephants scored on a safety squeeze. He only gave up three hits in the game. We lost Friday 1-0.

Steve Hammond took to the mound on Saturday in Kaoushung and threw a gem. He went the distance and threw a nine inning shutout for us. We won 1-0.

On Sunday it was my turn to try to compete with our starters magnificent starts. I threw eight innings giving up two runs and we won 7-2. Our hitters gave me a lot of support with a handful of home-runs. Our defense was great behind me and my catcher called a great game. It was a huge team win especially to take two out of three games on the road. Thanks to all the fans for coming out to all the games. It really makes playing in front of them very exciting. They are cheering non-stop. I apologize for not being able to sign too many autographs after the game. Our team makes us get on the bus as soon as possible so that we can get on the road since we had a five hour drive back. We truly love all of your support, cheers, and signs.

Please share my blog with all your friends and fans. Feel free to ask questions or leave comments. I’m very excited for the second half and to help our team make it to the playoffs.

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Goodbye Venezuela, hello Dominican Republic


After an interesting week of playing cat and mouse with my agent, Venezuelan scouts, and myself, I find myself going to the Dominican Republic of all places. I have no idea how this magic eight ball landed me there, but I am extremely excited to play for the Licey Tigers. They are the most well known team in the Capital and have won tons of championships.

As of right now, I am flying out of Miami on Saturday October 16th to the DR. We have a couple of scrimmages and the season opens up next Friday. I hope to add videos and pictures of my journey. I was told I will have internet access so I will be able to keep up the blog.

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Miami Sports make me Cry


This past week in Miami was not one to be remembered for the Dolphins or Hurricanes. Both teams were slaughtered by their opponents. It defiantly was hard to watch and experience it in person. Nothing gets on my nerves more than hearing the Florida State cheer and seeing the tomahawk chop all night long. But they did out play us and were sure allowed to chop all night long.

My plans to head to Venezuela to play for the Caribes de anzoategui were put on hold from my agent as of Monday evening. We are still working out details of everything. I was supposed to fly out Tuesday morning. Now I have all my bags packed but not sure when I’ll be leaving or playing yet. You can get up to date details on my twitter account.

Congrats to Bobby Cox and his outstanding career as a manager.

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