So, the Internet connection is very very very bad today here (and last night) at Pirate city. This means I can't upload any of the 44 pictures I took of yesterdays game against the Korean team we played. We tied 3-3, we played well, other than giving up 3 runs in the first, we were very good. After the 3rd inning 6 of our pitchers combined gave up only 1 hit, they were lights out against a very solid Korean team. The Woori Hereos play in the KBO, which is just a hair under the Japanese professional league (which is small step under the MLB). They have several ex-big leaguers in their competition, most of the Korean national team players and a lot of money which is creating a very strong competition.
We had our final roster made yesterday, our coaches had some very tough decisions to make... 6 of one - half a dozen of another - kind of decisions. They ended up trimming the team to 28, making 7 cuts yesterday, so our roster is now set and we are here in Pirate city practicing with 25 now, waiting for 3 40-man roster players to join us on march 1st. Those being RHP Rick VandenHurk (Marlins), SS Hainley Statia (Angels), OF Greg Halman (Mariners). In fairness to our staff and those who were cut I won't publish who was cut, and what the roster is looking like now until it's been officially published on the 24th or 25th. I may not post it on here either, but I will give a link whenever it is released to the press.
We now have to go to work. Today is another beautiful day here in Bradenton, and it's time to get ready for the Dominicans. Pitchers practice around 1, position players right afterwards. We are playing the University of South Florida tomorrow evening and Manatee CC the next night.
Hopefully the lousy, good for nothing connection figures itself out here in the next little bit so I can start sharing some pics with you soon. I'm popping more and more, and will try and get them on here asap.
Time to get out there, enjoy the sun and play some baseball...