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So as I sit here wracking my brain to find something to write about, I’ll just write about what I thought about writing about. Never mind. Off-days do strange things to the brain. Or maybe it’s the heat.
When I was on the first vacation four weeks ago, I was talking to my sister on the phone at the Dulles airport while my flight was delayed. She asked me if I had bought anything for myself, and I realized that I hadn’t. But I knew of something that I could get for myself at the Borders across the way. It was Josh Hamilton’s book, Beyond Belief. I had wanted to read it for a long time, and I thought, might as well get it. I read the first chapter on the way home, but put it down for a week or so once I got home.
Fast forward to two weeks later, when I left on vacation again, this time with my family. We had a lot of spare time when we were up there, so I pulled out the book again and finished it there.
It was amazing!! It was very well-written, and the story really grabbed me in. I thought the story of his addiction to drugs was masterfully written. It really showed what was going through his mind at the time, and how it was affecting him, his friends and family, and his baseball career. This story is just amazing. I loved how it showed that recovering from something like this isn’t easy. It seems that in the media (songs, TV, movies), recovery from something like drugs is easy. You just stop, and then it’s happily ever after. But that’s not the way it happens in real life. Josh had to fight against his cravings every day. He was set back quite a few times. With the amount of terrible drugs he put into his body, he should have died.
It’s a great story of redemption. When he finally got back into baseball with the Tampa Bay (then) Devil Rays, his teammates didn’t support him. They just kind of stood back while the media crowded around Josh. But when Josh made his way to the Rangers, at his very first press conference, three of the most prominent Rangers players were there to support him.
It’s an incredible book, and I would highly recommend it. What a great story.
My project for the week is writing fanmail to a lot of the Padres players. I’ve never sent fanmail before (except to Trevor with the Brewers), so this is really cool for me. I’m probably writing to 10-15 players this week. Yesterday I did Kouz (of course) and David Eckstein. Each letter is going to be different depending on the player. For Kouz, I told him a lot of the stories of my interactions with him, like the day I became such a big fan of him. This is a really exciting project for me. Who knows if the players will ever read them, but it’s cool to support them like this!
So, the Padres are in Atlanta for three games against the Braves this week. Mat Latos is pitching tonight against Jair Jurrjens. I really hope Mat can get things together and pitch a great game.
I’m going to the Padres game tonight, and I really want a win. The Padres have lost their last two games to the Rockies. Last night, they put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough. I don’t want my boys to be playing like they have been for the rest of the season. And so, I am going to have to take desperate measures to make sure my boys win at least tonight, and hopefully a lot in this second half.
When I went to the fair a few weeks ago, I got to see a hypnotist show. It was fascinating. The hypnotist dude had all these people on stage and he did very strange things to them that made them do very strange and funny things. So I thought, hey, if a hypnotist can make a girl think she’s Lady Gaga, he can certainly make a group of guys think they’re a baseball team.
So I called, yep you guessed it, Bob the Hypnotist.
BOB: You are getting veeeerrrry sleeeeeepppy. Use your eyes to follow the watch.
BOB: Good. You willl pitch veeeerrry well tonight.
KEVIN: I will pitch very well tonight.
BOB: You will throw strikes, go at least seven innings, and not give up any runs.
KEVIN: Yesss. Yesss.
BOB: You will not make the fans disappointed in you, especially Kaybee, Hyun Young, Kylie, and Jen.
KEVIN: Nooooo, wouldn’t want to do that. They might say something mean about me in their blogs.
BOB: But most importantly, you will help your team to get a win.
KEVIN (eyes lighting up): W, W, W, W, W, W!!!
BOB: Yeah, I think you’ve got it. Next!
Kevin walks out of the room, slightly dazed, muttering, “A win, a win, throw strikes, winning…”
Next up is Adrian Gonzalez, who has not been hitting very well lately.
ADRIAN: Oh yes, I am terribly tired. I’ve played in every single game this season, you know. Even the WBC and the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game!!
BOB: Er, just relax Adrian. Now, you will hit a home run tonight.
ADRIAN (yawning): I will hit a home run tonight.
BOB: You will not leave runners on base.
BOB: Adrian, wake up!!
ADRIAN: I’m sorry, could I go take a nap? I’ve only got a few hours before the game and I want to play my best for Kaybee, Hyun Young, Kylie, and Jen.
BOB: Sure, Adrian. Sweet dreams.
Next is David Eckstein.
BOB: You are getting veeeerrry sleeeeepppy. You will heal from your injury ASAP!!
ECK: I’mmmm tryyying.
BOB: You will sign at least one autograph for Hyun Young before the game today.
ECK: Ah, yes, my biggest fan!
BOB: And you must come off the DL soon!!
ECK: Working on it.
Kevin Kouzmanoff was next.
KOUZ: Play very well…
BOB: You will make spectacular defensive plays and do all you can to help the team win.
KOUZ: I love winning.
BOB: You will be very nice to Kaybee and all her friends.
KOUZ: Oh yes…
BOB: And you must strike photo-worthy poses all night at third base. Kaybee will be taking a lot of pictures of you.
KOUZ: Does my hair look OK?
BOB: It looks fine. Now remember, winning is the key. You have to win tonight. You must!
Then Bob gathered the whole team together and gave them one simple request:
“You will win tonight’s game.”
Let’s hope that worked
Anyways, as I’m sure you know, I am going to the game today thanks to Hyun Young, who bought me a very good ticket. We’re going to have a great time cheering for our Padres together, and I can’t wait!! It’s all I can think about, and I know we’re going to have a blast.
Kevin Correia is going to be pitching against Jason Hammel. I think Correia is going to have a great game, and now that he’s been hypnotised to a winning theme, he’s definitely going to pitch very, very well.