Hi everyone, it’s been a couple of days and during that time we played two
games against the two Asian teams — Korea and Japan — and they are very tough
teams. They have great pitching and they shut us down for those two games —
there’s nothing you can do about it, it’s baseball. To me those games are in the
past; I’m glad we played them. We now know how good they are on a baseball field
and that’s something to remember for the future. We’re going to play the
Americans this afternoon and we’ll keep our chin up and play with pride. It was
nice having a day off yesterday. You know what I did? Nothing, absolutely
nothing. I pretty much stayed in my hotel room, did a little shopping with my
dad and just rested — no trips to Disneyland — just hung out and talked to
some friends. I needed the break.
There’s a lot of things I’ve been taking in during this tournament and one
memory I’ll always have with me is that I was on the same team as Fernando
Valenzuela. If you are Mexican you know who Fernando is (photo below) and I am so honored that
he’s been here with us. He has brought his incredible experience to this team
and we all want to be like him in the future. Vinny Castilla is that way in the
eyes of Mexico and the younger players on this team. He’s the power hitter. I
just go step-by-step, living day-by-day and hopefully people will one day look
up to me the way they do to those two great players.
I’m a little surprised this tournament has caught on as quickly as it has
with the fans. It’s been such a fast turnaround from its creation to us actually
playing. This is the right time of the year to play it. If we did this after the
season I think a lot of people would be fatigued from a long season. It’s been
great. I’m getting my work in and I’m getting ready for the season at the same
time we’re playing some good baseball with the Mexican team.
It’s been great just being a part of this first tournament. I gotta go and
get ready for our game today. I’ll have a few more thoughts later on.