Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.
The same great Twins Daily coverage, now for the Vikings.

The Forums

OK GM's, your LF addition for 2015 is...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:19 PM
I think it's pretty obvious that LF is the one spot where we can make a nice to big impact for 2015's lineup with no blocking of imminent...
Full topic ›

Today's Philosophical Question: Can we even recogniz...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:18 PM
It struck me as I was reading the "Wake Me Up When September Ends" thread that I have watched so much BAD baseball the last 3+ years, tha...
Full topic ›

Game Thread: Indians@Twins 8/21 12:10pm

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:00 PM
Well, it's time to wrap up a pretty ugly series against Cleveland. I'm not going to try to emulate RB's excellent game thread introductio...
Full topic ›

Terry Ryan scheduled to see Alex Meyer pitch for the firs...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:52 PM
This little Berardino column from early yesterday slipped my perusal:   Twinsights:  What's the Plan for Meyer?    ...
Full topic ›

Move Mauer to LF? Terry Ryan shoots it down...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:19 PM
http://www.1500espn...._or_Mauer082114   Discouraging to hear this. Pinto getting time at DH with Vargas as 1B and Mauer with at lea...
Full topic ›

The Store


A Minor League Utility Man’s Off Day

I wasn’t in the lineup yesterday and I thought I would give you an idea of what the off day looked like for me. The minor league season is long, so having routines is important to staying fresh and ready when opportunities present themselves. My off day routine is a bit different than when I am playing.

Pregame

Knowing I wasn’t in the lineup for the game, I would need to get some extra work in to be prepared for the next time I was. I went out to hit in the cage a little early to work on some swing mechanics. Before stretch I informed the pitching coach that I could catch bullpens. It’s a good workout and helps to see balls out of the pitcher’s hand. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
Jairo Rodriguez was the catcher for the game and Matt Koch (the other catcher) was the DH, so I figured I would give Koch a bit of a rest so he could be ready for the game. I caught a couple of pens, with Koch catching the rest. Lefty curveballs are still tough to catch, they aren't quite the same as they were in Little League.

After stretching and playing catch, we took the field for batting practice. I took groundballs and made throws from shortstop. I usually will make a few more throws on an off day to give my arm a good workout. Again, the little things are what help to withstand the 140 game schedule. I hit in the last group off of the tall lefty pitching coach Gary Lucas.

Post…Pregame (?)


Once we get done with all of our pregame work around 4:45, we usually have about an hour and a half to eat, relax and get our minds right before the game. I took a few more rounds of BP in the cage with Tommy Watkins and JD Williams and headed in to get some food.

JD and I volunteered to sign autographs before the game at 6. So after we ate and got dressed for the game we headed outside to mingle with the fans. This was a big night. Because it was a Saturday night and fireworks were to follow, there were around 2500 fans at Pohlman Field to see us take on the Clinton Lumberkings. It was fun to chat with some fans, sign autographs for kids and see all the people. Around 6:30, JD and I went inside to get our gear and headed out to the field.

Gametime


The big crowd was a fun dynamic for us. During the National Anthem, there were fireworks...the loud bang always makes someone jump. I would be the bullpen catcher/pitch charter/backup utility guy/late inning pinch runner for tonight’s game. Have to be ready for anything from the bench. When our starter got into trouble in the third, I headed down to the pen in case anyone needed to get loose.

By the fourth, Cole Johnson was getting ready to enter the game. This would be my first in-game bullpen catching experience, pretty neat. In the sixth Bart Carter got loose and in the eighth Clint Dempster got ready. While the game didn’t turn out the way we would have liked, I got to experience something I hadn’t before. Baseball is always showing me something new and last night was no exception.

Today we take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels and it’s National Guard Jersey day!

Follow me on Twitter! @apettersen1

(photo courtesy Jim Crikket)
Attached Image: AJPettersenSnappers.jpg


  • Share:
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

0 Comments