Grady will not be going to the WBC after all. I was not sure how to feel when I heard the news today. I actually read the news. I was looking at my iPod in class (bad me) and read the headline saying Sizemore was not going to the WBC and I said, probably too loud, “He’s not?” I read the whole article and while I am disappointed that he is not going I ma happy that he will betaking cae of himself and making sure he does not get worse before the regular season. I know he is very disappointed; you can see his press conference and read the article here and see what I mean. My response (inside this time) was “Poor baby!” when I read the whole article. Grady rarely gets hurt so this is not common and I guess I knew it was only a matter of time before he did get hurt. I am just glad this is just Spring Training.
Speaking of Grady I forgot to mention yesterday that he stole his first base of the “season” in yesterday’s game. This stolen base was actually one of Grady’s signs that he should not go to the WBC. So to commemorate this event here is this:
The Indians and Padres are playing as I write this and the Indians are winning 5-2 after a 3 RBI/2 home run day for Victor Martinez. Ryan Garko debuted in the outfield today as well. He made a somewhat difficult catch I suppose with the sun and all. Overall I guess he did a fine job in left field and he says he feels okay, which is important.We are having a pretty good day; hopefully we can pull out a win for the first time today. Bud Black just got hit with a flying bat! Scary. Another highlight of the day: I got to see David Eckstein play today as well! That was exciting.
My mom wants me to tell everyone that she sent me an awesome care package the other day. And I must say I agree. It was the day before Spring Training started and she sent a package full of baseball movies (where I got Major League), peanuts, cotton candy, Big League Choo (Chew), Cracker Jack, and sunflower seeds. It was a very good package. I also got Indians earrings and a keychain.
David Eckstein is my next favorite player. He plays with so much heart and has had a lot to overcome. I really admire him as a person. Eckstein was drafted by the Red Sox in 1997 and was picked up by the Angels off of waivers in 2000. He was a member of the 2002 World Series Champion Anaheim Angels. In 2004 Eckstein was part of a three team shortstop trade involving the Red Sox, Angels, and Cardinals. Eckstein ended up in St. Louis. In 2005 he was voted to the All Star team. The following year he was a member of the 2006 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals where he was named the World Series MVP. In 2007 Eckstein became a free agent and was signed to the Toronto Blue Jays where he was eventually traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in August 2008. This offseason he signed a one year contract with the San Diego Padres.
Eckstein was a fan favorite in St. Louis; everyone loved him. He is very tough and does not let any obstacles keep him from chasing his dream. He is married to a Disney Channel Star, Ashley Drane, who played the not-so-nice Muffy on That’s So Raven. He wrote a children’s book called “Have Heart” to teach kids about overcoming adversity. He has faced a lot of adversity such as three siblings experiencing kidney failure, being released by the Red Sox, and being only 5’7″ playing baseball, but through it all he remained strong in his beliefs and always gave his best.
This is for my friend Colin who is also 5’7″ and loves baseball, the Red Sox to be exact.
Thanks for reading!
Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Eckstein and http://www.davideckstein.com