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    I want to first start off my thanking Seth for writing me about posting some blog entries on this new Twins Daily site. I enjoy writing and think I can offer up some cool stories throughout the year. I think Iím a pretty positive guy so if your looking for any kind of dirt on any of my teammates, you wont find it in this section! Iíll try and write about once a week or so, and keep things interesting for you all.

    In my first post, I wanted to start off with a little background info about myself. I was born in Maryland, and lived there until I was 14, when my father and I moved down to South Florida in a motor home. We had one thing in mind when we left my entire family and everything we knew; that was baseball. There is really no baseball background in my family besides my late grandfather and hero who attended an open tryout at Fenway Park many years ago. He did not get to sign any contracts after that day, but I will never forget him saying to me that it was one of the best days of his life. My dad also used to joke with me and say that he hit a triple once when he was younger. That was about the extent of his baseball highlights.

    After attending 2 different high schools, I signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida. I wasnít a prospect out of high school (or college, or now for that matter), but Florida saw enough in me to give me my shot. I could have gone to some smaller schools and possibly made a bigger impact right off the bat. However, I knew I would have rather gone to a big D-1, wait for my time, and learn how the top of college baseball was played. There are some freshman who go to school and perform right off the bat. I was not one of them! I had some bright spots, but mostly I took some hits and learned from my mistakes. I feel like throughout my career nothing in baseball has ever come with immediate results for me.

    However, with anything in life, if you put 100% of your passion and effort into something, your going to get better. Iíve always thought that if I make the conscious effort to improve on something every week, month, and year, that eventually Iím going to be a pretty dang good pitcher. After starting my college career putting up a 7 ERA as a freshman, I finished as a junior with a 2.25 who was drafted in the 12th round by the Twins.

    My time in the Twins organization has been awesome. Spring training, the season, the bus rides, the hotels, guys getting called up, ect.; these are all experiences that make minor league baseball such an incredible journey. I will be writing about most of these things throughout the season. In a huge sense, there is an entire minor league culture that the average fan canít see or appreciate. I understand the great difference between looking at a stat sheet at the end of the year and watching, first hand, someone play 142 games. There are a number of my teammates who donít get a lot of spot light, who I believe are going to be big leaguers for a long time. It is my hope that my writing about some of these hidden aspects of the game can bring this culture to life for the fans.

    Last year I was limited to less than 30 innings due to my ulnar nerve in my elbow constantly giving me problems. I had times when Iíd be throwing, and it would feel like my arm, from my elbow down to my fingers, was asleep. This occurred several times over the course of the year. It ended in a surgical procedure where they went in and moved the nerve up a few inches, and into a muscle groove where it would no longer move and bother me. I spent 3 months rehabbing in Ft. Myers. By the 4th month, I was back on the mound. I canít wait to take on a full year of being healthy and continue working on the things that are going to hopefully make me into a big leaguer.

    Thatís all I have for now. But I will write again before Spring training and continue to update it throughout the year. Thanks for reading!
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    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      Great background and insight, Tony. Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to more!
    1. Josh Johnson's Avatar
      Josh Johnson -
      Great stuff!
    1. TonyDavis's Avatar
      TonyDavis -
      Thanks to you both, and Congrats on the new site Parker. Looks awesome and i'm excited about being a small part of it!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I think it's great, Tony!! Letting us live vicariously through your experiences as a minor leaguer!! It should be fun to follow the season with you!
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      I like your attitude Tony.

      Was there any apprehension about the surgery you talked about? It seems kind of goofy - not the sort of thing that any person who wasn't a pitcher would ever really need to deal with. Were there any other options? Did you ever seriously consider not doing it?
    1. TonyDavis's Avatar
      TonyDavis -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      I like your attitude Tony.

      Was there any apprehension about the surgery you talked about? It seems kind of goofy - not the sort of thing that any person who wasn't a pitcher would ever really need to deal with. Were there any other options? Did you ever seriously consider not doing it?

      I absolutely thought about not getting the surgery. However every time I would feel this tingling sensation, it would be followed by weeks of soreness in that area. It wasn't an everyday thing that I had to deal with. It was more of something where Iíd be feeling great, then out of the blue feel this numbness and tingling. That would then be followed by being shut down for several weeks until everything settled back down.

      Most people donít know, but this happened in the last week of the 2010 season when I was in New Britain. After the season ended it began feeling better and felt great all off-season. Spring training rolled around and it felt awesome, but with about a week left to go in camp, it happened again. Once I spent about a month rehabbing it then, I went to NB for about 30 innings, before it happened for the 3rd time.

      The Doc in NB was very confident in what the problem was, and said surgery would be a sure way to get rid of it. Being hesitant, I remember asking if there were any other alternatives, and he replied ďwell if your girlfriend cheats on you 3 times, donít you think sheís going to do it a 4th?Ē Putting a scary situation in a humorous light definitely helped me see things differently. I know I want to pitch for as many years as I can and I didnít want to have to deal with this nagging nerve. The only other catch was the Doc couldnít see my ligament (Tommy John) clearly enough in the MRI, and asked for my consent before the surgery to perform that while I was still under if necessary. Essentially he was going to ďscopeĒ my ligament and decide from there. So basically, there was a chance when I came to after my ulnar never transposition, that I would have also just gotten Tommy John. I guess you could say I almost Sh*t my pants. However, after some encouragement from family and time to think about it, I figured it is what it is and at least at the end of the day, Iím getting fixed and I will move on from this.

      So, in going back to your original question, if I was not a pitcher I guess there would have been no immediate reason for me to get this done. But for me after all the facts were laid out in front of me, it became a much easier and clearer decision. It really is a weird ďinjuryĒ, and I am just so thankful it wasnít something more serious.
    1. Kirsten Brown's Avatar
      Kirsten Brown -
      Great post, Tony. I'm looking forward to reading more. Best of luck for a great season!
    1. Ruth's Avatar
      Ruth -
      Thanks for writing, Tony! It will be fun following your blog through the season. Best wishes!
    1. AJ Comeau's Avatar
      AJ Comeau -
      Quote Originally Posted by Parker Hageman View Post
      Great background and insight, Tony. Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to more!
      Tony, great job! I love the reference to mine and your dad. Looking forward to many more reads and a great season for you and the boys! Uncle Al
    1. llgallant06's Avatar
      llgallant06 -
      This is great! I look forward to following you this season!
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Nice start Tony, I'm really looking forward to your blog.
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