June 2006


Sometimes you just get that thing at a ballpark where you don’t feel comfortable, and I think that was the case over the weekend at Citizens Bank Park. It’s going to haunt you a little bit then probably the second time around you’ll come around a little bit. The whole weekend I didn’t feel great.

Still, it’s very exciting to have the lineup back like this. It was supposed to be like this since Opening Day — which is when I was lunging for the ball in that AP picture above. Everybody is excited and wants to keep this thing going. To just build this winning atmosphere around us.

I feel like we are on the brink of really becoming a winning team, and I feel that way when one gets it started. Julio Lugo gets on and the rest of the team follows. I’m just so glad to be a part of it right now and not to have any more injuries.

Naturally, I am following Team Mexico in the World Cup. We lost today, but we’re still in the second round. We’re going against Argentina and the Netherlands.

To my fans, just a big hello. I’m reading everything and I’ll try to write back when I have time.

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Back into the flow and watching Mexico

Roccobaldelli_1Posted courtesy of MLB.com as we start this Tigers series.

I returned to the lineup since my last post, and things are coming along. My swing is coming along. I’m just another bat in the lineup. Rocco is back, too. Now that we’ve got the lineup back together, I think we’re going to keep producing just like we did in Kansas City. I’m just so happy to be back. And I think we’re going to keep finding a way to win.

It’s good that everything seems to be coming together on the team. Our pitching has been tremendous lately. And the best part is, everybody is having fun. If we keep doing that we’re going to win a lot of games.

I also have to say something about Mexico winning its first World Cup game on Sunday, since I spent so much time here blogging about playing for Mexico during our run at the World Baseball Classic. I’m pulling for them every day. Yesterday, everyone saw me celebrating the first goal. I stretched that day and then saw the end of the game. Mexico’s next game is Friday against Angola.

Anyway, so far so good, and hopefully my fans will keep writing.

Here are a couple of AP photos below worth mentioning. The first one is me meeting our new first-round Draft pick, Evan Longoria.


The photo below is me breaking a bat. That was in the ninth inning on Saturday, and even though I’m only holding a bat handle, the ball made it to left field for my fourth hit that day.


Im back!

This is being posted courtesy of MLB.com during my first game back in the lineup…

Everything feels great, 100 percent. It’s great to be back. No pain, no soreness. That’s the most important thing.

We played it safe with the injury. We waited and it was worth it. I’m just happy to be back with the team.

While on my rehab stint at Montgomery, I was finding my timing, taking one strike or two strikes an at-bat just so I could get that feeling back. Timing and everything. It went pretty good.

When I was down there, I had deja vu about what it was like to be in the Minors. That made me work even harder to get here.

It was also a chance to spend time with players on that team and talk to them. Some of them asked and I’d tell them what I went through to get here. And that’s understandable.

I’ve been getting a lot of emails from the fans on my MLBlog here, and I appreciate every single one of them. Until next time . . .


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