On the way to Barranquilla the day after our rainout, a tire completely came off our bus. That's the second time we've had bus problems. Do they not check these things before we leave? And when I say "bus," don't think of a big coach bus. Think more like school bus. We are all squeezing into this tiny bus with no leg room. It's no wonder why I can't feel my legs when I get off the bus.
|My 1B coach played in MLB|
At first, I thought we were going to play like that. However, my teammate with the Yankees, Deangelo Mack - who the announcers continue to call Mack Deangelo for some reason - assured me that if a pitch was coming at my head in this darkness I wouldn't get out off the way in time. He's right. (Follow him on Twitter @deangelomack.) And as often as pitches come at your head in this league, it is not a joke. Some of these pitchers throw hard but have zero control.
So we ended up getting the games in and split the series 1-1 with Barranquilla. I saw a familiar face in Donovan Solano who played in the Cardinals organization the past few years. He asked me how I liked it here in Colombia. After thinking long and hard, I responded with, "It's different".
Something interesting here that I need to address is the kids hounding you and attacking you to get your gear after the game. That doesn't happen after games in the States. But here, as soon as the game is over, dozens of kids make their way onto the field as well as into the dugout. They ask for everything - from your glove to a cup of water from the Gatorade jug. They don't stop until you have left the stadium. Now I'm accustomed to it, so every time they ask me now, I tell them that my roommate "Matt has mucho gloves for all the ninos!" That gives me enough time to make a run for it.
We had our first home series this past weekend and our stadium is by far the best of the stadiums we have been to. We get to sleep in a little longer before heading to the field when we are home so that is nice. I can take my time. One thing that really frustrates me though is that you can't get full from breakfast. Breakfast portions are so small and I'm a big breakfast guy so it frustrates me not being able to get pancakes, waffles, omelets and bacon. It's like you get one egg and a cup of coffee. That's not going to cut it. Protein shakes have become any everyday regimen.
|Limonada and meal|
I've learned to always drink water out of the bottle and limonada is my drink of choice now. It's like limeade but slushy form! So bomb. I also learned that the gym is the place to be because it's inside the mall. The mall is where the beautiful women are, but that's another story...
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