February 2006

Its time to play ball

Hello to my fellow MLBloggers. I’d like to welcome you to this new blog. Interacting with all the fans is something I’m looking forward to, and I’m interested in what you have to say through your comments here.

MexicoI am excited about starting another year of baseball with the Devil Rays, and this will be extra-special for me because I will be playing in the World Baseball Classic.

First of all, it?s going to be a great honor that I?m going to be with Mexico. Second, playing in the WBC, it?s not just baseball, it?s the whole country of Mexico. Hopefully people will realize there?s something more to Mexico than soccer.

I was asked here at Spring Training if I have any early predictions for this first-ever event. We?re hopefully in the semifinals: United States, Dominican, Venezuela and Mexico.

I am here with the Devil Rays at Spring Training in Florida now, and then I go to Team Mexico’s training camp from March 3-6 in Tucson, Ariz. Then comes our first game against the U.S. team on March 7 at Chase Field in Phoenix. I will be sharing my thoughts here during the WBC so I hope you’ll join me and feel free to leave comments.