October 2008

Experiencing Rising Stars All Star Game

First off, that was a very intense game. I thought for sure we had the game when we came out 4-0 in the 2nd inning off of Phil Hughes. . . But overall the experience was amazing. Just getting to meet all the guys from around the league and to be able to play with the next generation of Major Leaguers is something out of this world. Even though we lost I had a great time playing and making new friends along the way. And doing well in the game was just a plus for me.

 

Other than that the Scottsdale Scorpions are still struggling a little bit. We have great talent and we hit the ball very well, but our errors in the field have been hurting us big time.  I’ve been out here for almost a month and i feel like I don’t want to leave. It’s such a great area to be around and an awesome atmosphere to play in. Like I said before, our team is full of great guys and we all get along great. We just need to get to the point where we can put it all together and win us some ballgames. Our staff consists of Shane Turner (Giants), Ray Searage (Pirates), Eric Owens (Angels), Mike Cather(Red Sox.) This group of guys are the most laid back set of coaches I have had since I started pro ball.

That’s all I have for now but I’m here to answer your questions

Guest Blogger: TJ Large

large250x200.jpgI would like to thank everyone that is taking the time to read my blog. I would like to start my blog by letting everyone know a little bit about myself.

Lets start in high school. I played on a high school team that went 31-0 and was named the number one high school team in the nation. On my team I played with Angels catching prospect Bobby Wilson and Ex-Angels first baseman Casey Kotchman. Ever since high school it has always been about getting to the big leagues. Getting to the big leagues was all that was talked about ever since I was 16 years old. Casey was a first rounder to the Angels. Bobby went to St. Pete. Junior College and signed with the Angels after our season. He had his first big league call up this year and went 1-for-1. In high school I was our number 3 starter. I had a great season going 12-0 and getting drafted by the S.F. Giants.

I attended Chipola Junior College my freshman year and then attended St. Pete Junior College my sophomore year. Bobby Wilson was my catcher at St. Pete. It was great being able to throw to a catcher that knew everything about me. I had a good year and after the season I was drafted to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Following my season I played at the University of Alabama. I got injured my first year at Alabama. My second season there I became the Friday night starter. It was great being the Friday night guy. I knew of the status of being the Friday night guy and I felt the pressure. It took a couple of starts to get the hang of it, but after that everything was perfect.  There was a lot of pressure to win but I loved every moment of it.  I had an up and down season and after the season was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 46th round.

My professional career has been great so far. I have learned so many things that I cannot wait to teach to younger pitchers one day.I have always wanted to be a pitching coach and now with the experience and knowledge that I have learned I feel I can help kids with the correct ways of approaching the game of baseball. I came from a 46 round pick to a name that the organization mentions. It is a great accomplishment to me to be invited to the prestigious Arizona Fall League. I have come from a late round filler to an Arizona Fall League pitcher. It has been a long road and I know it will continue to be the same. I use all the negatives as positives and it pushes me to become something that nobody thought was possible.

Enjoying My First Week

well my first week here has been kind of slow for me personally and im struggling . But all in all my experience has been great. . . . the fields we play on are great and even though the fan base isnt all that big i am enjoying just being here. . my teammates are awesome and we have a great chemistry. as for my future in the Red Sox organization. I personally have no desire to be traded but if it comes down to it then i will accept a trade. It doesnt matter to me who i play for as long as im playing the game. Its what keeps me going everyday of my life and i have no intentions of stopping anytime soon.

 

I also found out today that i will be participating in the Rising Stars All Star Game. I dont know how i was nominated because i have struggled since ive been here but i will do my best and take advantage of this opportunity.

 

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO ASK.

a little about me

First of all i want to say thank you for allowing me the chance to be here and to talk about myself. Lets just start about me. I live and was born and raised in Effingham County Georgia. It’s about 20 miles north of Savannah. I’m a small town country boy who was brought up to live baseball. I went to South Effingham High School and graduated in 2005. My two biggest influences are my father Kenny Reddick and my high school coach Tony Kirkland. My dad was electrocuted when i was just 1 years old and lost half an arm on his left and 2 fingers on his right hand. Despite this horrific accident he still took it upon himself to teach me everything i know about baseball. He taught me how to hit and throw without having barely any use of either hand. Tony Kirkland was the one who helped me advance my skills to the next level by working very hard and staying late after practice with me. He was a coach who never tried to change a hitter’s swing. He always went with what worked and that has been a vitale asset to my success. I talk to Coach Kirkland and my father on a regular basis throughout each week. I can tell them what i did at the plate that day and they know exactly what i am doing wrong before i even tell them. My mother Cheryl Reddick has been my biggest supporter as any mother should be in a young man’s life. But she is something special. No matter how far a game was away or how close she was always there and she was always the loudest one in the crowd. If you want to ask me anymore questions i will be glad to answer them