A New Year

Welcome to 2011!! Glad to have witnessed another year in the making, and I’m ready to put my dreams into action already. This offseason has been a good for me and my thought process. I finished off the year with a late promotion to Mississippi (Double A) where i got a chance to experience a different perspective of baseball. By that i mean its not your typical baseball were pitchers try to blow fastballs by you, or try to get you to chase things in the dirt. In Double A i faced pitchers who has great command of all their pitches, and wasn’t afraid to throw them at any times. The strike zone shrinks a little which gives you a better perspective of what the strike zone is like in the big leagues. Overall it was just a learning experience for me as I hope to have the opportunity to begin this year with Mississippi. I went into this offseason with the mindset that I’m that close to making a dream a reality, but at the same time there’s someone else behind or in front of me with the same goals. I’ve added some pounds this winter but thats only because I’m going to lose a few pounds in Spring Training from the intense workouts we go through everyday. My playing weight for the season is normally around 185-187, but i want to see if i can maintain 190 and still be able to move as quickly with more weight. January has approached and baseball season right there in our view! Baseball also makes the new year seems so much better cause that means another year of doing what I love to do. I received a phone call from Kurt Kemp about a week ago asking me was I going to participate in early hitting at Turner Field again this year. How could I say no?? Haha, that’s just a perk that I can’t pass up! Being apart of my home teams organization is a blessing in general, but to have access to MLB coaches, trainers, clubhouse and environment is something I could never say no to. Last year i got to experience hitting tips from Terry Pendleton, Glenn Hubbard, Chipper Jones, Eddie Perez, and even got to watch Andruw Jones take some cuts. Its a blast to be in the same cages with these guys, but more important for me is to take the advice they give me to apply to my game. Wether is little advice or even changing something in its entirety, they know what they are taking about because their in the Majors and thats where im trying to prepare myself to be. Soon I will have pictures from my lessons down at Turner Field, videos if I can and much more. I just wanted to touch basis here and keep everyone interested in my blog, because I know we are all anxious at the baseball season that is quickly approaching us! I hope you all had a great Christmas & New Years and may it continue to be a good one as we ride the wave of 2011. Thanks for reading and have a good day

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It’s great that you’re writing and taking us through the process with you. You sound so excited to get the season started! I already follow you on twitter, but let me just formally wish you the best this year and I’ll be watching for more news on your progress.

L.V.,

This is David Lee from SB Nation Atlanta. I’m planning a trip to Spring Training, and I’m hoping to get some material out of it. I’d like to do a story on the life of a minor leaguer, like what they go through to make it to the majors and how they live. I’m hoping to get some quotes and info from players during camp.

I’m contacting you because I know you’re a great guy who is very sociable, and I would be honored to have you as part of the article if it is something you’d like to do. If so, if you could give me some way to contact you or just contact me by my email listed, I would greatly appreciate it. If not, no worries. I wish you the best of luck this season, and thanks for your time.

David

David,
I will be more than glad to shoot LV and any of the Braves minor players for your stories.
I’m at all the Spring Training games.
My email: baseballgirl@cfl.rr.com
Twitter: allintheballs

Thanks,
Sharon

LV,
I love following you on Twitter and reading your blogs. It gives your followers an opportunity of knowing you as a person and your baseball life experiences. I will be seeing up at all Spring Training as I take the entire month off to capture the moments of the Braves.
I will shoot and provide you with any photos during your Spring Training.

We already keep in touch on Twitter: allintheballs

See you soon!

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