Down By The River

           So recently I have continued to notice that I don’t know “jack squat” about anything.  I might as well be living “in a van down by the river!”  While the baseball seems to be coming relatively easy, the clubhouse ribbing seems to get even tougher.  Lately, the border war between AJ and I has become relatively heated.  I have hit two homeruns this spring training and the next day is always a rough one.  AJ claims that my bag is on his side of the “border”.  I walk in and he asks why I placed my bag inside of his locker.  He insists that I purposely threw my bag in his locker to mock him.  I think we all know that is the last thing I want. 

            It seems like everything I do is put under the microscope.  But I guess that’s ok because it keeps me on my toes.  The other day was Harold Baines’ birthday.  I actually had the day off that day but as soon as I got to the field, AJ informed me I would be presenting the cake to Harold.  So in the bottom of the first I came out of the bathroom with the cake and presented it to Harold.  Harold almost dropped the cake which would have been awesome.  I was kind of hoping he would just throw the cake on me because I deserved it!  But that would have been detrimental to the stomachs of our training staff who devoured the whole cake once it was safely back in the dugout.


To take a quote from Matt Foley:   


“You kids are probably saying to yourselves, hey I’m going to go out and grab the world by the tail and wrap it around and pull it down and put it in my pocket.  Well I’m here to tell you, your probably going to find out as you go out there…that your probably not going to amount to jack squat!”


Well to be honest, the last couple weeks have made me feel that way.  I’m pretty depressed.







Just Kidding.




“A funny thing to do is, if you’re out hiking and your friend gets bitten by a
poisonous snake, tell him you’re going to go for help, then go about ten feet
and pretend that *you* got bit by a snake. Then start an argument with him
about who’s going to go get help. A lot of guys will start crying. That’s why
it makes you feel good when you tell them it was just a joke.”


  1. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    Good luck with AJ. Hearing your stories about him are pretty much the highlight of my day. 🙂 I honestly love your blog…you’re hilarious. Keep having a good spring training, and I hope you start on Saturday or Sunday since I’ll be at those games. I’d love to see you play live!

  2. scotties22

    AJ can be a dickwad. But he’s our dickwad, and we love him for it! Keep rocking ST and he won’t be able to make fun anymore!!



    Take all of it in stride. It’s how you get welcomed to the Majors! Eventually, it will get better and then you will get to harass some rookie in the near future! Keep your head up and enjoy the rest of Spring Training!!!


  4. dreamofme13

    Ha, that’s AJ just being AJ. I have a feeling that if he’s messing with you means you’re on the way to the “inside”. He wouldn’t do it if he didn’t think you had potential. Guy has a funny way of showing you he likes you.

    And hang in there! You are underestimating yourself. We all know you’ve got what it takes; you’ve just gotta climb the mountain to get to the top! Sometimes the learning curve is just harder than we planned.

  5. mariemcd

    That’s just AJ, just like the others said. And, that is why we love him so much. Just wait till you have to wear a dress or something when you go on your first road trip in the majors. You’ll look back on all this stuff and laugh!~


  6. mykolm

    On CBS, they refer to you as “the helmet-haired Georgia shortstop prospect.”

    Helmet-haired? Would you like to respond?


    I just wanted to say that you are precious and I love reading your stories about training camp.
    Keep up the good work!

  8. tools22osu

    Greetings Sox fans,
    I am actually a tigers fan but love the White Sox announcers. I was sitting around today watching the spelling bee on ESPN and couldn’t help but wonder why the White Sox announcers don’t get the call for national spelling bee……
    Wrong Spelling=
    Ken Harrelson- “HE GONE!!!”

    Thoughts? comments?

  9. theoneandonly

    Haha, this is why we all love AJ. Don’t get too downtrodden, we’re gonna need you in the years ahead.

    And who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next AJ!

  10. stock350


    Last Saturday Vs the Mariners, you called off Konerko on a pop up in the infield. He seemed pretty pissed at you. Hope everything is okay. Maybe you dont remember…maybe you dont care. Lol.

    Anyway man, keep it real.



    Just roll with it. Don’t let him bother you and just walk on by. Tomorrow will be a better day. Just keep practicing and keep hitting the homers. Lionel, baseball coupons

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