Nothing quite says welcome back to the season like a 12-day road trip following the All-Star break. What that basically meant is that you flew four times in a span of 12 days all over the country while trying to get your feet back underneath you. Some guys flew to Salt Lake City from home so their road trip was actually 15 days away from Sacramento.
But all-in-all the trip went well. We started in Salt Lake City to play the Angels affiliate and despite all the rumors about how well the ball traveled there, it was hot, humid and the air was thick. It was a very competitive series and we were able to garner a split. We then moved to Colorado Springs and our manager returned from his built-in vacation and we went on a bit of a run, sweeping a good Springs team in four action-packed offensive games. Now the ball did carry extremely well there and we enjoyed that to the tune of several multi-hit and multi homerun games.
The last leg of the trip took us to Tacoma, which was a bit unkind. The weather was beautiful but the park played tough and although we won the first game, we lost the last three, two of which came in walk-off fashion.
They were all tough competitive games and overall we came out 7 and 5 on the road trip. That's pretty solid by any standards and we finally caught Fresno for a share of the division lead. Now we are back at home and trying to separate ourselves in the division. We have split the first two games here with Springs but we are playing well.
The best part about being home is getting some laundry done. Your ability to pack efficiently is tested on a 12-day trip and the clean clothes become sparse. Also there are limitless errands that need to be run; going to the bank, picking up prescriptions, cleaning the house, dry cleaning, grocery shopping, so getting home and knocking those off the list one task at a time is something that has to be done. I can say this, it's nice to be back at home for at least a few days.
Oh, and one more thing, the boldest of us on the team have decided to rock the playoff Mohawks or FoHawks so look out for that around Raley Field. Thank you for reading and I did actually get a few questions after my last entry so here we go:
1) I've been reading about Brad Kilby's Rally Pants on the River Cats' site. What do you think of them? Do you have any personal superstitions?
- Jeff T. Tracy, CA
I think Brad's rally pants have turned into something unique for this team and we have a lot of fun with it and they are very tight LOL. I don't have any real big superstitions except if something isn't working switch it up.
2) Hi Michael: It's trade deadline time again. I was wondering what kind of pressure a prospect like you might feel when rumors start flying? Also, when you guys played Las Vegas this year, did you and Brett Wallace talk at all about being traded for each other?
Peter in Chicago
Umm,...no real pressure on being traded because there is nothing you can do about it. I have known Brett for a couple of years now dating back to some PAC-12?? (Pac-10 sounds better) match-ups. We talk on the field but rarely about being traded for each other. I guess were linked now, but he's a great hitter and a good dude.
Thanks for the questions.
Have questions for Michael? E-mail them along with your first name and last initial and city to email@example.com.